Apr. 27, 2020
Chamber Supports Reigniting the Local Economy
The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce has forwarded a letter of support to the Sedgwick County Commission for reopening and reigniting the regional economy. Encouraged by recent discussions held with County leadership and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, the Chamber is committed to moving the economy forward and supports easing current personal and business restrictions. Read the full update and letter in our latest blog.

See the Wichita Resource Center for resources to prepare the economy and businesses for this phased process.
Phased Plans
State |  Will be posted when it becomes available.
Local |  Will be posted when it becomes available.

Industry Examples
Grocery | Kroger:  Blueprint for Businesses
Manufacturing | Lear:  Safe Work Playbook

Webinar Series: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work | Register for Webinars
Apr. 21 | Article: National Association of Manufacturers: American Renewal Action Plan | Read
Apr. 15 | Article: Kansas Chamber: Relief & Recovery Agenda |  Read
Wichita's Recovery from Two Black Swan Events
What does a W-shaped economic recovery look like? Jeremy Hill from the the  Center for Economic Development and Business Research  shared his insights along with Stan Longhofer of  Wichita State University  today about what we can expect in the coming months as we recover from two black swan events: work stoppage associated with the 737 Max and the impact of COVID-19. You'll find the video presentation on the Rotary Club of Wichita Facebook page .
President Trump signs CARES Act Expansion, additional Paycheck Protection Program applications being accepted as of Monday morning
President Trump signed an expansion of the CARES Act that was originally passed on Mar. 27, 2020. The expansion included additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out quickly due to high demand. If businesses are considering applying, they are encouraged to do so as soon possible as these additional funds are expected to run out quickly.

Visit the Wichita Resource Center links below for additional information about the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act.

***UPDATE*** on Apr. 26
Notice: PPP Resumes on April 27, 2020
The SBA  will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating leaders on Monday, Apr. 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. CST.

NexUS Health Plan Virtual Information Session | Apr. 29
Beginning in November of 2019, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce introduced NexUS Health Plans as a unique health benefits program designed for Chamber members. Employers who are interested in learning more about the NexUS program, the plan offerings, and next steps for enrollment should attend this NexUS Information Session. NexUS representatives will be available to answer questions via Zoom.
Good Deeds in Hard Times
Credit Union of America donated $25,000 to the Kids Eat Free program, which allows USD 259 to continue to provide meals to students this spring. They presented the check to Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson last week while practicing social distancing. See the video here
Do you know other Chamber members doing good deeds?   Email us   for the opportunity to highlight them here.
Look for these UPDATES to the Wichita Resource Center

Apr. 27 | Article: Martin Pringle: COVID-19 Business Relief Resource Guide |  Read

Apr. 24 at 3 p.m. CST | Virtual Town Hall for Small Businesses with the City of Wichita |  View Recording

Apr. 23 | Webinar: AGH: Leading well during times of change and uncertainty |  View Recording  |  View Presentation Slides
Upcoming Webinars

Apr. 28 at 10 a.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Global Trade Services: Creating New Business Opportunities in the COVID-19 World |  Register

Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Enabling Agility for Remote Business: Cloud Paths for Dynamics GP |  Register

Apr. 29 at 10 a.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Valuation Opportunities for Planning Amid a Pandemic |  Register

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