Scott Tate
President & CEO

Phone: 636.946.0633
To Our Chamber Members:

The Chamber continues to receive a lot of information and we do our best to provide you with what you need to know.

We have been waiting on word on a new aid deal. We just saw that the Senate approved a $500 billion bill to replenish the Payroll Protection fund as well as some other items. Stay alert, we will provide information on when it passes the House and ultimately signed by the President.

Also, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has put together a Uniting For Recovery Plan which focuses on getting the economy back on track. I have provided information and a link below.

In the meantime, if there is anything the Chamber staff can do for you, don't hesitate to reach out.
With Gratitude & Certainty For Better Days Ahead,
Senate approves $500B virus aid deal; sends to House

WASHINGTON (AP) - A nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate on Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing. It...

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Missouri Chamber Uniting For Recovery Plan

The Uniting For Recovery plan is  Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 's COVID-19 economic response agenda to position the state for a strong recovery once the coronavirus threat passes. This plan is founded on the Missouri 2030 strategic initiative, which was established by the Missouri Chamber as a stable, data-backed plan that would guide the state toward economic progress even as political leadership changed and the state faced unexpected challenges. While a global pandemic was not foreseen when Missouri 2030 was conceived, the plan’s vision remains a clear guide Missouri must follow to emerge strong from this pandemic.
Funding Runs Out for Paycheck Protection Program & Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs

As of April 16th, 2020, the SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan based on available appropriations funding. A legislative order by Congress is the only way for additional funds to be allocated. We have provided contact information for Missouri representatives below in order for you to reach out to them and express the need and importance of appropriating more funds. The SBA also notes the following: Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
During this time, we recommend preparing all relevant payroll documents in case additional funding is released. Counselors are available to answer any questions you may have.
Here is a link to the SBA COVID-19 programs. This link should be kept up to date with new information.

Congressmen and Senators from Missouri along with their contact links

US Chamber Launches Save Small Business Initiative

The U.S. Chamber recently launched the Save Small Business Initiative which included a program to provide $5000 grants to small businesses.

Due to the overwhelming response, the U.S. Chamber Foundation has reached their capacity and is no longer accepting applications for the grants offered through this program.

Other information and resources can be found on the U.S. Chamber's website at .
The Small Business Administration just told thousands of ...

The Small Business Administration has told nearly 8,000 businesses that their personal information was exposed on the official SBA website, a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. The leak affects businesses who submitted economic relief...

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Cleaning Up COVID-19 Video

Touch-free machine fog disinfectant application to vertical and horizontal surfaces. This allows germs to be killed while not having to directly touch the surfaces. Disinfection services through application manually or mechanically are intended...

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St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force is an unprecedented collaboration that includes BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke’s. The St. Louis metropolitan area’s largest health systems are working together to coordinate capacity, staffing, supplies and other issues to prepare for a coming surge of patients. The Task Force is also coordinating with public health departments, elected leaders and state and federal agencies to provide the best possible care for patients. Dr. Alex Garza, Chief Medical Officer at SSM Health and Incident Commander for the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Taskforce will hold daily briefings on Facebook Live at 3pm.

Facebook Live updates daily at 3pm.

Latest Update from the Task Force - 04-20-2020
  • After a slight dip yesterday, hospitalization numbers were up today to 757. This is an increase of more than 60% since the task force began reporting daily numbers on April 5.
  • Hospitalization numbers continue to follow task force “most likely case” modeling closely. Modeling continues to suggest that the St. Louis metropolitan area peak will be late this week. 
  • The number of patients in the ICU was up slightly today; the number of patients on ventilators was about the same.
  • It’s clear that we are still on the rising side of the curve, and continued diligence by all is important. Stay home, wash your hands, clean surfaces often.
Resources for Individuals
PrepareSTL - Preparing the St Louis Region for COVID19

COVID-19 is affecting all of us, particularly black Americans who are dying of coronavirus at much higher rates compared to other Americans. St. Louisans need to be prepared. Stay informed. Stay home. If needed, seek help. Keep you, your family...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.  Visit their live blog for the latest updates.  

The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to utilize and share the following items as you see fit:

Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry
With COVID-19 continuing to spread in the United States, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry urges the business community to take proactive steps to protect their workplaces and communities from Coronavirus.

State of Missouri
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

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