Clay County COVID-19 Update
The Clay County public health emergency order has been updated. In order to provide consistency in the metro and join regional efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the updates are in line with orders announced earlier this week by the city of Kansas City, Missouri and Jackson and Wyandotte counties. The document can be found attached and on our website at clayhealth.com/recovery.

Notable changes from Clay County’s previous order include:
  • Venues serving food and/or drink indoors must operate at 50% capacity and close by 10 p.m. No groups of more than 10 people are allowed indoors or outdoors.
  • Gyms, fitness, and recreational centers must also remain at 50% capacity or less and masks are required for everyone inside.
  • Masks are now required outdoors when physical distancing (six feet) cannot be maintained from anyone outside your household.
  • The age exemption for wearing a mask is lowered to those 5 years of age and younger.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. (Gatherings = groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose.)
  • Gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed, with use of physical distancing between members of different households.
  • Prohibited gatherings do not include non-event-based regular commercial, nonprofit, or educational activity by workers, students, or customers of businesses.
  • Exceptions for gatherings over 10 people can be approved by public health. A submission form will be available at clayhealth.com by noon on Wednesday (11/18).

This order is set to go into effect on Monday, Nov. 23. For the present, find answers to frequently asked questions here.
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Local businesses come together to provide free holiday meals for the elderly.
  
The holidays can be especially hard on seniors who are alone. Recognizing a need in our community, several Kearney businesses have come together to make a generous offer. D’Creamery, Fatboyz, Betty's Place and Slivinski’s - with the help of donations from some Kearney resident's - are providing 50 free thanksgiving meals to shut-ins and seniors in Kearney and Holt who have no family to be with on Thanksgiving.
 
Betty’s Place is making the desserts. Debbie Hoffman at Fatboyz is cooking half the turkey and making the dressing and green bean casserole. D’Creamery is cooking the other half of the turkey, and making mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet potato casserole. Doug of Slivinski’s is donating the rolls. CVS of Kearney is donating bread, bottled water, and napkins.
 
Carol Dixon, a community volunteer, and Mindy Boyd of Sheri Gillespie Shelter Insurance have located recipients through their work with the Kearney Firehouse Community Center. Dixon and Boyd have also coordinated all of the volunteers who will make visits and deliver the free meal.
 
Lisa Hoffman of D’Creamery shared, “We are very excited about this, and we plan to do it again for Christmas and expand our recipients. We want to be able to serve more but have had to turn away a lot of requests this time. We are all considering starting a nonprofit to pick up where the other non-profits leave off...there are so many underserved.”
 
To carry out the good deed, the group will need some help.
 
“Christmas is approaching, and we need more help and awareness of the need and the gap in services for the seniors,” said Hoffman. “Many people are unaware of the number of underserved seniors due to no family, lack of transportation and disability.”
 
Restaurant owners are trained in proper food prep and sanitation for COVID-19. They are preparing the food and only accepting monetary donations and help with delivery.
 
Hoffman said, “We have thanksgiving covered but will need even more support for Christmas dinners.”
 
If you would like to help, donations are being accepted by: Debbie Hoffman of Fatboyz, Lisa and Dallas Hoffman of D'Creamery, Mindy Boyd of Shelter Insurance, Carol Dixon (senior services), Betty Garton of Betty's Place, Krista Marler of CVS, and Doug Slivinski of Slivinski's Bakery.
Stop driving your finance car looking backwards.
Have you ever noticed that your financial reports only give you a view of your business from past or present? While very valuable tools, financial reports alone might not be enough to guide your company to a more profitable future. You have to plan for it and control your finances in a way that they work for your future success. 

That's what Bill discusses in this most recent video; how to stop looking backwards, and start moving forward with your business. Click here to watch the video!

Follow us on any of our social media platforms for even more tips!
Shop Small Resources - Get the Word Out
This year, it’s more important than ever to support small businesses – and now’s the perfect time to get the word out in our community about shopping small, all holiday season long.

Get started by downloading the Social Media & Press Kit to your desktop or laptop. It’s full of useful, engaging content and tips to help you connect with local news outlets and our community.
The Social Media & Press Kit includes:
  • Three ready-made social posts you can use right away.
  • Tips to help you get the word out on social media.
  • A template you can leverage to create press releases.
  • Best practices and tips for engaging with the media.

Then stop by the Kearney Chamber office for your complimentary Shop Small merchandise (limited quantities, available while supplies last) to help you encourage your customers to Shop Small safely all season long. Items include reusable totes, printed posters, cardstock heart, stickers, window cling, table tent, and more.

Together, let’s rally our community to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday® – and all holiday season long. Click here for more resources.
Chamber Meetings & Events
November 24 – Finance Committee Meeting & Board Meeting
November 26-27 – Chamber office Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
VIRTUAL
Membership Luncheon
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Noon-1:00pm

Though we can no longer meet in person, please join the Chamber and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative for this Christmas Themed Virtual Luncheon the first Wednesday of December from Noon-1:00pm via Zoom. Stay tuned for more information on this fun virtual event as we get into the Christmas spirit together. Registration is Required for log-in details. 

Zoom Workshop
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
Noon-1:00pm

Affordable health care coverage has arrived for Kearney small businesses.
Join us for this Zoom Workshop to learn more about the Chamber Benefit Plan.
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.
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