CHAMBER NEWS: March 17, 2020
Business is not usual at this time because of the COVID-19 event
and the quickly evolving changes to our everyday personal and work life. Following is information compiled from several sources that we hope is helpful to you.
St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update 3/17/20
The following information is reposted from St. Tammany Parish Government:
St. Tammany Parish Government Shares COVID-19 Updates
Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Clarence Powe, Director of the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, held a news briefing to discuss closure updates that will affect the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, St. Tammany Parish Government buildings including the Koop Drive Campus, and the Tyler Street Complex will be completely closed to the general public. The Department of Animal Services will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 including no animal intakes or adoptions. Fosters who need supplies or vaccines should call Animal Services at 985-809-0183, and they will arrange an appointment. The St. Tammany Parish Justice Center is closed to the public with the exception of emergency courts, the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, and the Clerk of Court. The Towers Building will be closed completely, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All public meetings are postponed pursuant to Parish Government’s Emergency Declaration. Officials are asking that all other Parish business be done online or by phone. Camp Salmen Nature Park and the Kids Konnection Playground are closed. Parish officials are working closely with St. Tammany Corp. to determine what economic needs the Parish will face and what resources can be available moving forward. St. Tammany Parish Government remains activated at Emergency Operations level.

“We know there will be a definite impact to our local business community, and we will work with economic organizations to minimize that impact,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish Government. “I will continue to work with State and Federal officials to get these much-needed resources for our business community.”

Parish Officials also announced several closures from other municipalities, as well as other agencies in St. Tammany Parish, all of which are listed at .
Business Assistance
Governor Edwards has requested Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance with the Small Business Administrations’s Office of Disaster Assistance for the New Orleans area.

St. Tammany Corporation's CEO Chris Masingill reports, "We are in direct contact with GNO, Inc. and the Governor's office and hopefully we will have the Federal SBA approvals soon."

St. Tammany Corporation has created a Business Resource Page on their website to share rapidly changing information with business owners.

Crisis Readiness FREE Webinar
For many business owners, the Coronavirus is causing disruptions many never imagined. As you’re working through your contingency plans in real-time, Chase for Business is hosting a free webinar with expert Melissa Agnes. 

“Making Sure Your Business is Ready” will be held TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m. This special event is open to the public. Register for the free webinar below.  
SBA Conference Call for Small Business Support
Representative Steve Scalise is hosting a conference call for small businesses. We will report on the call in a Chamber News Update . If you wish to listen in, here's the call-in information.

Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.
Dial-in | 1-888-606-5944
Access code | 3956661
Website |
Dire Need for Blood Donations
The Blood Center is the blood provider for hospitals in St. Tammany Parish and the dwindling supply needs to be stabilized. The Blood Center has added emergency blood drives due to the cancellation of many scheduled drives.

The Blood Center is taking EXTRA precautions to keep donors safe.

Mandeville-Hammond-Slidell Donor Centers are open 6 days a week.
Go to for other drives and donor center hours. 
Blood Drive Locations This Week

Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Greenleaves Subdivision (Mandeville)

Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 am-1:30 pm
Main’s Market (Folsom)

Thursday, March 19, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn-Conference Room 
(Behind Movie Tavern-Covington)

Friday, March 20, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Starbucks (Hwy 190-Mandeville)
Been Too Busy to Cook...
Help a Local Restaurant
Go to St. Tammany Eats--Take Out and Delivery Options and order from a St. Tammany restaurant. It saves you time and provides much needed support to our local restaurants!

Spread the word to restaurants you know to post information about their restaurant on the St. Tammany Eats Facebook page. AND, spread the word to everyone you know to go to the Facebook page and support local restaurants!
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