Clay County COVID-19 Recovery
Face Masks and Coverings

On Sunday, July 19, Clay County will begin requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the  rapid increase  in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Clay County residents in recent weeks.

The goal of the mask mandate is to reduce the spread of germs that cause COVID-19, infecting more and more Clay County residents every day. Face masks and coverings have been  proven  to limit the spread of these germs. By increasing the use of face masks, we hope to see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.


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Dear Friends,

I hope you are doing well and navigating your way through our new way of living. I  hope that by this time next year, masks will no longer be needed.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, 1440 had to shake up its business model (I'm trying to avoid using the word du jour, pivot). We will continue to provide concierge and assistant services; however, our primary focus will be virtual assistance.
 
The following services will no longer be offered:
  • Auto Services
  • Senior Care Services
  • Online Sales Management

Additionally, we will no longer accept new pet sitting clients. We will continue to provide it happily for those of you who have used our service to watch after your four-legged family members. We have enjoyed spending time with them, and we want to continue providing them with lots of snuggles and treats.
Initially, our VA services will include the following:
  • General admin and writing tasks including data entry
  • Internet research
  • Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Customer service
  • Design services using Canva
  • Calendar management
  • Email automation through Email Service Providers such as Constant Contact, Aweber, or Mailchimp
 
Some of the VA services are services we already offer and are used by some current clients.  We will slowly add more VA services to serve our clients better.
If you or someone you know might need VA services, we would surely love the referral. During the next two months, when you refer someone to 1440 who decides to hire us, you will receive 2 hours of service from us!
As always, feel free to reach out and ask questions. Thank you for trusting us to help make your lives a little easier.

Kind Regards,
Owner, 1440 Concierge
The Kearney Board of Alderman approved the CARES Kearney Small Business Grant Program!  The City is allocating $100,000 to provide $5,000 grants to qualifying small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Clay County EDC will be managing the grant applications for the City of Kearney.  APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM JULY 10 - JULY 24!

See below for links to two important documents - the first is a checklist for the business to use. The second attachment is the application that the business will submit to the Clay County EDC to apply for the funding. Clay County EDC's contact info is listed on both documents.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the program. Please help me spread the word! Thank you to Mayor Pogue and our Board of Aldermen for supporting our local businesses!

Shawna Searcy
Executive Director
Kearney Area Development Council
P.O. Box 291, Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 628-3343

Ameren Missouri launches new COVID-19 relief fund to help small businesses
$500,000 in program funds for energy assistance now available to small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees

ST. LOUIS (July 8, 2020) – Today Ameren Missouri announced a new $500,000 energy assistance program for Missouri's small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to small businesses and nonprofit customers with 50 or fewer employees who meet other eligibility requirements.

"We understand the hardship that many of our small businesses are facing today to keep their doors open and provide valuable goods, services and jobs in communities throughout the state," said Tara Oglesby , vice president, Customer Experience, Ameren Missouri. " That's why we created this program in partnership with the United Way to help small businesses and nonprofits with their energy costs."

Business and nonprofit customers interested in applying for assistance may do so online at AmerenMissouri.com/SmallBusinessRelief . If the application is approved, customers can expect to receive a one-time $250 bill credit.

The new program for small businesses follows similar assistance programs offered by Ameren Missouri for residential customers. Customers can l earn more about Ameren Missouri's energy assistance programs at AmerenMissouri.com/EnergyAssistance .

Since March, Ameren Missouri has provided more than $5 million in energy assistance and other COVID-19 charitable contributions to support customers and communities in need.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri
For the safety of guests and visitors, the Kearney Chamber purchased an air purifier for the chamber office. Smaller than a coffee maker, but mighty in task.  

pureAir 500 Room Purifier
Effortlessly purify the air in an individual room with pureAir 500. Using advanced technologies including activated oxygen, ionization, and HEPA carbon filtration, pureAir 500 eliminates bacteria, viruses, odors, smoke, pollen, mold, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and more. These technologies help to sanitize everything in the air, walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, clothing, countertops, and other exposed surfaces.
pureAir 500’s operation is just as simple as its design; choose the continuous setting (green) for a constant ionic clean or use the burst setting (blue) with automatically timed activated oxygen to deal with tougher odors. There’s even an away setting (red) that deep cleans the air in your room while you’re out running errands.

To order contact fellow Chamber member, Marvin Schreiner, owner Green Indoor Air, at 816-309-6515 or marvin@greenindoorair.com. 

Over here at the Old Firehouse, we are starting Christmas in July! During the WHOLE month of July, we are going to be collecting donations for the  Kearney Family Foundation . So you have all month to drop off items on this list at our building. We will end our campagin with our Drive-In at Jesse James park at the end of the month collecting final donations out there as well! This is a great way to support your local community! We hope to see our donation tub full several times!
Drive-In at Jesse James Park - July Throwback Month!

Join us at Jesse James Park for our very first Drive-In series! This is a FREE event! AND we are going to be celebrating Christmas in July as we ask for donations for the Kearney Family Foundation at the door. Saturday, July 25, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Missouri counts — don't forget about the 2020 Census
Billions in federal funds go to states' hospitals, schools, roads and more based on census data. For each person left uncounted, our state loses $1,300 in federal dollars yearly.
 
Learn more at census.mo.gov and take the census at my2020census.mo.gov .
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$50 million allotted for business grants
Missouri has announced two new programs that will send $50 million in grants to businesses across the state. If you have a small business or farm that was interrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis, the state  has funding available to reimburse some costs . The grant includes eligibility guidelines to target the funding toward the most hard-hit businesses.
In addition, if you are a manufacturer interested in retooling your plant to produce personal protective equipment (PPE),  funds are available
The Small Business Grant Program was developed to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of business interruption costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This program is available to for-profit businesses and family-owned farms that employ 50 or fewer employees. Funds can be used to cover facility redesign and labor, air filtration systems, e-commerce website design, worker salaries during closure or reduced hours, and necessary costs to make the business more resilient as a result of COVID-19, among others.
“We know that every segment of agriculture has felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19 and will for many years,” Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said. “We have continuously worked with Governor Parson and colleagues across state government— including DED and the General Assembly – to provide support for the unmet needs of Missouri’s family-owned farms and ranches.”
The PPE Production Grant Program is designed to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The new program will help companies produce PPE in Missouri as part of the state’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.
This program assists manufacturers by awarding grant funds to reimburse companies facing high PPE production costs. Eligible uses for awarded funds under the PPE Production Grant Program include purchasing equipment and retooling, upgrading, or expanding facilities to increase PPE production.
Funding for these programs comes from the CARES Act. The programs will be administered through the Department of Economic Development. Businesses interested in the programs can learn more and apply at  showmestrong.mo.gov .
Missouri Chamber joins “Mask Up Missouri” effort
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the progress in reopening, a coalition of stakeholders are promoting “Mask Up Missouri.” The goal is to educate Missourians on the benefits of mask wearing to control the spread of COVID-19.
 
Get a printable poster that individuals, organizations and businesses can use to promote the wearing of masks in public.
Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
July 20 – Coffee Connections at D’Creamery
July 21 – Marketing Committee Meeting
July 28 – Finance Committee Meeting
July 28 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 5 – Membership Luncheon at First Baptist Church

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Chamber events will look slightly different due to additional safety precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Details can be found within each event listing.
Coffee Connections at D'Creamery

Please join us July 20 for Coffee Connections at D'Creamery - Registration Required! Coffee Connections is the perfect time for you to grab a yummy breakfast, a hot cup of coffee, and make connections that will last a lifetime!

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Chamber Membership Luncheon

Join us for our monthly Chamber Luncheon the first Wednesday of August from Noon-1:00pm at the First Baptist Church Activity Center in Kearney, MO. Registration is required*.

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When members voluntarily contribute an extra 10% (or more) over their annual investment amount, their contribution helps the Kearney Chamber to continue providing relevant programs and resources to serve the needs of its members, as well as supporting the advocacy and promotion of business growth.

These chamber partners claim a stake in the Chamber's mission through the  relentless pursuit of a vibrant and prosperous business community.

Our Above & Beyond Club members receive special recognition on the Chamber website and in the weekly Chamber Chat E-Newsletter.

To join the Above & Beyond Club contact  Stacie@kearneychamber.org .
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