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Please join us and share your thoughts during the Virtual MPMSDC Interactive Town Halls as we assemble the brightest minds and resources. Each session will begin with remarks from economic development and business leaders and then open up for input and questions from our MBEs. We welcome you to submit questions in advance to Belinda Hooks at or Marvin Lyman at
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NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The Stimulus Package – Continuing the Conversation
April 9, 2020

NMSDC invites you to continue the conversation about the CARES Act and what this federal stimulus package can do for your business. A special guest from The White House will provide specific details of the package and answer your questions about what it is designed to achieve. Additionally, our panel will share valuable resources about how to access programs to help your business stay afloat during this crisis.

COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources
How to Become a Seller on the Amazon Business Market Place
The Minority Business and Technology Initiative (Tech Initiative) seeks to accelerate the inclusion of minority owned businesses (MBEs) in Ecommerce and to improve the use of digital technology for domestic and global sales.

The Tech initiative will implement pioneering approaches that will support minority business owners and entrepreneurs in the following ways:

Enable MBEs to increase their online presence by leveraging Amazon Business as a solution to reach more buyers and sell globally through ecommerce.
Access to success coaches for products listed on Amazon Business.
Connect MBEs with business buyers in the B2B marketplace. Learn More>
Randy McCall
Executive Director (303) 623-3037 ext. 208

Marjorie Williams
Business Consultant  (303) 623-3037 ext. 206

MOSourceLink recently launched a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19:
Resource partners across the state are hosting online events about federal funding. If you want to attend these virtual events or share them with entrepreneurs in your community, you can find them on the MOSourceLink statewide calendar. And please submit your events for the online calendar here.

MOSourceLink recently launched a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19:

The KC Chamber is providing resources for small business in Greater Kansas City hit by the COVID-19 crisis.The KC Chamber is providing resources for small businesses in Greater Kansas City hit by the COVID-19 crisis, as many minority-owned businesses and small businesses in distressed areas have been hit particularly hard.

Join us for a webinar that will give special attention to minority-owned operations to learn what small businesses and nonprofits need to know about the upcoming Paycheck Protection Program. Rebecca Gubbels and Delia Marin from the UMKC Small Business Development Center have a history of working closely with minority-owned businesses and will discuss this new program in detail, from how to apply, how much a small business and nonprofit can apply for, to how these loans can be forgiven.

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Do you know the best steps your small business can take now that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is in Kansas?

This resource guide will help you plan to keep your team and your business safe.


Tip: Talk to your lender now about loan modifications available due to the Coronavirus (many banks are making no-cost modifications available but you typically must specifically ask. (Ex: Interest-only payments for a few months, months of payments pushed off to end of the loan, etc.) Your Lender does not want to see you go out of business, talk to them now!

The Pikes Peak SBDC is here to help businesses who have been affected by recent disasters in Colorado including response to the current health crisis. Our consultants and partners including the SBA provide services to assist with disaster loan applications, long term planning, insurance navigation, physical and economic loss estimations, business preparedness and more. Please note that the SBDC is not a health organization; for the latest news regarding the current health situation, please contact the resources listed on this page. To find your local SBDC’s resources.

A Message from the President

There are many issues that we face every day as we maneuver our way through this health/economic crisis. I don’t know about you, but my email inbox is seeing a 10x increase in messages, most of which have a “COVID-19 Important Information” subject line.

So, how are we supposed to know which information is truly crucial? And, how do we assess the accuracy of this information? We have challenged our communications folks to take on that critical function for us, and then post current information on the COVID-19 Resource Page on the our website.

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