Taney County Partnership and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce collected data from local businesses via the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey to assess how Taney County and beyond can prepare for gradual re-openings in a way that protects the public health and minimizes negative impacts to our economy.

The survey also includes anecdotal comments and concerns to consider as policymakers and community leaders develop and implement reopening strategies.

The Small Business Administration has released long-awaited guidance on the loan forgiveness portion of the Paycheck Protection Program. The application must be submitted to your lender, and we encourage contacting your bank and financial advisors for further instruction.

The Missouri Dept. of Labor issued new unemployment numbers on Friday which show a large decrease in initial claim filings. For the week ending May 9, 30,702 initial claims were filed, a decrease of 41 percent compared to the previous week. Of these claims, a little over 25,000 were self-reported as coronavirus related. 

Employers may submit information to the DES about employees who have been offered their jobs back, refuse work, or quit their jobs through an online portal found at labor.mo.gov . Employers are strongly encouraged to report quits or work refusals as soon as possible. For more information, visit labor.mo.gov/coronavirus .

Among other priorities, the  Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act , the bill provides nearly $1 trillion to state and local governments.  View the complete bill summary here .

One additional provision within the bill is the extension of the $600 federal unemployment payments through January 2021. The bill faces opposition in the Senate, where Senate Republicans are drafting their bill with a heavy emphasis on liability protections for businesses. Expect bipartisan negotiations on a final package in the weeks ahead.
The Independent Restaurant Workers Relief Fund provides financial support to those who work for independent, Missouri-based restaurants. The Kemper family foundations,helped make these grants possible with a $1 million contribution.

Independent restaurants are suffering disproportionately in the COVID-19 crisis, which is why they are awarding grants to employees of these businesses.

You may qualify for a grant if your last place of employment was an independently owned restaurant based in Missouri or the Kansas counties of Johnson, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth. Eligible restaurants are those that are not part of a larger national chain or franchise. These $500 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Underemployed (reduced hours) 
  • Furloughed
  • Unemployed/laid off

If you or someone you know meet the above criteria, please apply or send them the grant information. To apply please click here . Click here for the flier with more details.
If you have questions, please contact the Missouri Restaurant Association directly.
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