COVID-19 Resources, Virtual Destination Creation Course, Last Call for Award Nominations, Google Livestream, & Census Reminder
Monthly Update                                                 April 2020 
Resources for Dealing with the Impacts of COVID-19 
Here is a quick round-up of some of the resources available to businesses and non-profit organizations dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.  
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Working capital loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and private, non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the COVID-19 disaster.
The EIDL program includes an opportunity for businesses to request an advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL advance does not have to be repaid.  
The streamlined application for the EIDL loan and EIDL advance can be found at: 
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Forgivable loans to help small businesses and private, non-profit organizations pay their employees during the COVID -19 crisis. Small businesses and sole proprietors can apply now and independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply starting Friday, April 10th.
The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:
  • The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and
  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union or Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Locally that includes American Bank, CBW Bank, Commerce Bank, Community Bank & Trust, GNBank, and Labette Bank. Others may be participating as well so check with the institutions where you usually do your banking first.
Employee Retention Tax Credits - The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allowable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021.  
Eligible Employers must carry on a trade or business in calendar year 2020 and either:
  • Fully or partially suspend operation during any calendar quarter in 2020 due to orders from an appropriate governmental authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings (for commercial, social, religious, or other purposes) due to COVID-19; or
  • Experience a significant decline in gross receipts during the calendar quarter.
Employers may not utilize both the Paycheck Protection Plan and Employee Retention Tax Credits. More details on the tax credits are available at:

Kansas Department of Labor's Shared Work Program -  The Employment
Security (Unemployment Insurance) Shared Work Program is designed to help both employers and employees. It is an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in workforce and allows an employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff. Shared Work allows the employees to receive a portion of their unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.  
Kansas Department of Labor's Layoff Spreadsheet - One of the key ways to help your employees during a layoff is to complete the layoff spreadsheet for all employees affected. The Kansas Department of Labor provides employers the option to assist their employees with filing an application for Unemployment Benefits during a layoff. This process allows the employer the ability to submit the application for unemployment insurance benefits for employees that are impacted by a plant shutdown, temporary layoff, permanent layoff or seasonal layoff. It is more efficient for your HR team and ensures that employees receive benefits as quickly as possible.
Please let Janet know if she can provide more information or answer questions about any of the above or help connect you with other resources.
Want to Do All You Can to Draw Customers  
to Your Business? 

Join us for a virtual Destination Creation Course starting on April 28th. This course is a perfect fit for existing business owners looking to take their businesses to the next level as it is designed to help you maximize the draw to your business by helping you to identify what makes you a unique destination. Now is the perfect opportunity to work on your business so that you will be stronger and better prepared to bring customers back when the current situation passes!

This course was developed by Jon Schallert whose Destination Business strategy has helped businesses large and small to capture more market share even when larger, better-capitalized competitors seemingly have the advantage. When independent business owners apply the Destination strategy to their businesses, they naturally attract more local consumers along with customers from outside the traditional marketplace.
Janet Miller will be facilitating the course via Zoom from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 28th through May 21st (4 weeks - 8 total class sessions). Cost for the course is typically $399. But, if you select Miller's course and use promo code CHEROKEE during registration, the cost will be $150. And, the first six Cherokee County businesses who register and actively participate in at least 7 of the 8 class sessions will receive a $100 refund upon completion of the course. This brings the cost down to $50! (Please note that this special offer is only available for the course Miller is facilitating starting on April 28th.
Register online at; Contact Janet at 620-762-0717 or with questions, for additional information, or to suggest an alternate day/time for a class to be offered.  
Last Call for Award Nominations    
Each year the Economic Development Corporation holds a breakfast event which features recognition of businesses and organizations for their contributions to Cherokee County. We are currently seeking nominations for the following four awards to be presented at that event.
  • Hall of Fame Award - This award recognizes a business that has provided years of unselfish service to Cherokee County. Past recipients are: Mercy Hospital Columbus (2019), Mike Carpino Ford (2018), and Crossland Construction Company (2017).

  • Business Growth Award - The Business Growth Award recognizes a Cherokee County business that has experienced significant growth. ATEC Steel, LLC received the award in 2019. KMT Waterjet was the 2018 recipient, and Farmers Cooperative Association received the award in 2017.
  • Rising Star Award - This award recognizes a promising young business in Cherokee County. Past recipients are: D1 Resources, Inc. (2019), KissTech, LLC (2018), and Manzer Family Medicine (2017).
  • Community Impact Award - The Community Impact Award recognizes a business or organization that has positively influenced the quality of life in Cherokee County. Crossland Construction Company received the award in 2019. Jason & Lisa Hulvey, owners of Evan's Drug, Four State Properties, Kansas Medical Supply, and True Value Hardware, were the 2018 recipients, and the Columbus Technical Campus of Coffeyville Community College received the award in 2017.
To make a nomination, please complete and submit the online award nomination form at If you are not able to access the online form, please contact Janet Miller at 620-762-0717 to receive it by another means.
Our deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, April 24th
Grow With Google Livestream on May 6th   
As a Grow with Google Partner, the Economic Development Corporation invites you to tune in to a special livestream for small businesses, Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty, on May 6th.  
During the event, you will: discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis; learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere; and find out about the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses.
The Grow with Google team will be hosting this live, virtual event on May 6, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. There is no cost to participate. 
Register for the livestream at: 
Contact Janet for additional information and/or with questions. 
Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation Members (as of 4/8/20)

Diamond Level:  


  Platinum Level:
Gold Level: 

City of Baxter Springs

Columbus Economic Development Corporation

Evan's Drug, Inc.

The Baxter State Bank

Silver Level:
Hilderbrand Agency, LLC

Bronze Level:

City of Weir

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Columbus News-Report
DeAnn Auman Hill, CPA 
Galena Sentinel-Times

Janet A. Graham, Public Accountant, Inc.

Kansas Gas Service

Labette Bank
Mercy Hospital Columbus 
Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. 

Supporter Level:
4-State Printing 
Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce


Community National Bank & Trust 
Exchange State Bank
Good Pet Stuff Company
Hutchinson Salt Company

Manzer Family Medicine
Interested in joining this list? A range of membership options  
are available. Contact Janet Miller at 620-762-0717 or with questions or for  
additional information. 
Janet Miller, Director | Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation | 620-762-0717 |
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