January 12, 2021
A bi-monthly newsletter to keep you informed on other members activities

Paycheck Protection Program Round Two

A new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It authorizes the Small Business Association (SBA) to approve Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans up to the $284.5 billion in allocated PPP funding.

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will open the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9 am ET. When the PPP loan portal system opens, it will initially accept First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries.

Loan Details

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
  • Loans issued prior to June 5 have a maturity of 2 years. Loans issued after June 5 have a maturity of 5 years.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for borrowers who apply for loan forgiveness until SBA remits the borrower's loan forgiveness amount to the lender. If a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments are deferred 10 months after the end of the covered period for the borrower’s loan forgiveness (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks).
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

How To Apply

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. 

If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application forms to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender:

Supplemental Materials
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Free COVID-19 drive-through testing available in West Plains

The Missouri Primary Care Association has partnered with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services to provide free drive-through COVID-19 testing at Southern Missouri Community Health Center at 1137 Independence Drive West Plains from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on January 27, 2021.
You must be a Missouri resident; individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with an anterior nasal swab to determine if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at no cost to the individual. At the site we will also require that a mask be worn, individual ID’s will be required, persons must remain in their vehicle, we will only test individuals next to a window. You will be able to access your results within 2-3 days. It is possible that you may have to wait.
Registration prior to the event is encouraged to ensure the ability to be tested. Walk-ins at the event will be accepted if registration slots are still available.
Individuals may register for this event in advance by going to the Southern Missouri Community Health Center website at www.SMCHC.org. Individuals may also use the QR code.
Shared Work: Bring Employees Back to Work

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program gives employers the flexibility to scale up or scale down their workforce during uncertain times while holding onto valuable employees. The program allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees to avoid a layoff or to gradually bring your employees back to work. Employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. Watch the video above to learn more about the program and how it can help your business. 
Learn more at sharedwork.mo.gov.
Grizzly Basketball, Volleyball teams ready to welcome fans in Jan.

Fans of the Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball teams at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will finally get to cheer on their favorite teams beginning in January, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will need to follow several rules while attending the home games at the West Plains Civic Center.
“The time is almost here to see the Grizzlies in action once again!,” Grizzly Athletic Director and Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. “We’re excited to get things started! We have been working hard to make it possible for fans to join us this year, but we need to make them aware of the new protocols in place for the upcoming spring seasons.”
Ticketing for the games has been shifted to the West Plains Civic Center, where they can be obtained through contactless purchasing from the center’s exclusive ticketing vendor, Ticketmaster, Wiedemann said.
“Ticketmaster has social distancing protocols included in their ticket sales,” Wiedemann explained. “Their system automatically creates three seats between groups of tickets sold at the point of sale in real time. This helps us with following social distancing guidelines so fans can enjoy the games.”
Season ticket sales for both teams will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21. They may be purchased by calling the civic center at 417-256-8087 or visiting the civic center box office at 110 St. Louis St.
Individual game tickets can be purchased beginning Jan. 8, 2021. They will be available at https://www.ticketmaster.com/west-plains-civic-center-tickets-west-plains/venue/50524; the Grizzly Athletics website, msuwpgrizzlies.com; direct through Ticketmaster; or by calling the civic center at 417-256-8087.
The Grizzly Basketball team’s 2021 season begins Jan. 20, 2021, at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. Their first home games will be Jan. 22 and 23 in the Grizzly Classic.
The volleyball Grizzlies will start their season Jan. 22-23 at the New Mexico Military Institute Invitational Tournament in Roswell. Their first home games will be Feb. 5-6 when they host the Grizzly Invitational Tournament.
Wiedemann noted the Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball teams have to follow COVID-19 guidelines established by MSU-WP, the NJCAA and Region 16 to compete this season. As a result, seating capacity limits in the civic center will be followed, and social distancing and masking will be required throughout the games, she said.
Anyone age 10 and above will be required to wear a mask. Children age 2 through 9 are highly recommended to wear a mask. Fans also will be expected to remain in their ticketed seats throughout the games, except when needing to visit the restrooms.
“These guidelines must be followed to ensure our ability to have fans in the stands during games,” she stressed. “University officials are committed to providing our fans the opportunity to come and support our volleyball and basketball teams in person this spring.”
Those planning to attend the Grizzly home games this season should have their masks on when they enter the civic center, Wiedemann said. Masks will need to remain on throughout the games, including while seated in the stands.
Ushers will be available to help with seating and to offer friendly reminders about the masking requirements, she said.
“Our ability to host fans at Grizzly Athletics events will be dependent upon the cooperation of all in attendance to follow our campus events policies, primarily social distancing and masking,” Wiedemann said. “Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the facility.”
Fans who are unable to attend or have concerns about attending in person can watch the home games live online through the Grizzly Athletics video streaming portal at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/msuwpgrizzlies/ or through Ozarks Radio News’ (ORN) Facebook page or YouTube channel.
Games livestreamed through the Grizzly Athletics portal will be archived in the “On Demand” tab of the Grizzly Athletics website for viewing later.
If you cannot watch the action live, you can view ORN’s livestream of the games on its Facebook page or YouTube channel.
For more information about the Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball programs, including their complete schedules, visit msuwpgrizzlies.com.
Fine Arts Scholarship Deadline April 15

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA), in cooperation with the Gatewood Family, has established a scholarship to encourage students of the highest caliber to enter a career in the fine arts, with special emphasis on arts education. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to an area high school senior (graduating in May 2021) enrolled in a post-secondary program, majoring in fine arts (music or art, performance or education). Education majors will receive higher consideration. Applicant must be a student in Howell or Ozark County.
WPCA has been providing support and assistance to arts endeavors in the West Plains area since 1975. Their stated mission is to stimulate and foster public participation in cultural activities, and to disseminate the knowledge and product of such cultural activities to the public in order to broaden the appreciation and availability of the arts in the West Plains region.

WPCA provides educational programs which support innovation and creative expression in the arts; presents artists and art forms that promote artistic and cultural diversity; provides guidance, resources and infrastructure to develop non-profit community-based arts groups; and sponsors festivals, competitions and awards to promote and support artists, and to celebrate and preserve the traditional culture of the region.
Guidelines for the application, with a link to the application form, are available at www.westplainsarts.org or an application may be requested by mail - WPCA, P O Box 339, West Plains, MO 65775. Additional questions should be emailed to info@westplainsarts.org Deadline for applications is April 15, 2021.
Erik Rivera
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
West Plains Civic Center Theater

Erik Rivera keeps making his mark on the stand-up comedy scene. At his recent appearance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, he was hand selected to perform for Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network. Erik is no stranger to TV comedy milestones, either. Since his late-night debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which has been a springboard for many comedy greats, he has become a familiar face on television. He was chosen as one of the top 100 comedians to perform in the relaunch of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing. He also recorded his debut one-hour comedy special “I’m No Expert” in 2015 for Fuse and NuVO TV. Last year, Erik was cast to star alongside Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) and DeRay Davis (Netflix’s “How to Act Black”) in Oxygen’s docu-series “Living With Funny,” a look at life offstage for these touring comedians.
MSU-WP to offer sustainable fruit, vegetable production series beginning in Jan.

Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will offer a series of classes exploring sustainable fruit and vegetable production beginning Jan. 12 in the Lybyer Technology Center.
This non-credit program will provide instruction in techniques for personal sustainable vegetable production. These include:

           • The use of protected agriculture structures (high tunnels, caterpillar tunnels,
           • Soil and fertility management
           • Irrigation techniques
           • Planting schedules
           • Pest management
Additional focus will be on local sustainable techniques adapted to the Ozark climate and soils.
“The techniques and information students will learn in these classes will prepare not only the small producer, but anyone interested in crop production,” said Sheila Barton, director of workforce development programs.
Seminar sponsors include the MSU-WP Agriculture Department, the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), Ozark Farmers Co-Op and Go-Farm Farmer’s Market.
The program is composed of three five-week-long sessions that can be taken as a whole or individually. The classes will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. They also will have online reading and discussion components.

           • Session 1: Vegetable and Fruit Production, Jan. 12 through Feb. 9
           • Session 2: Hydroponics and Aquaponics, Feb. 16 through March 16.
           • Session 3: Greenhouse Management, March 23 through April 20
For more information about the program or to register, contact Barton at 417-255-7784 or SheilaBarton@MissouriState.edu.
For more information about MSU-WP and its academic programs, visit wp.MissouriState.edu or call the admissions office at 417-255-7955.
For a list of COVID-19 resources and local business updates visit the
West Plains Chamber of Commerce Website.