May 1, 2020
Governor Kelly Announces Phased Plan for Reopening Kansas
Governor Kelly presented her detailed framework for reopening on Thursday evening. This plan, Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas, will take effect on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Click here to view a recording of her announcement.

View the three-phased plan here .

The framework is structured to return more flexibility to local community response efforts, while still operating under a statewide, regulatory baseline. It allows local governments to impose additional restrictions beyond those outlined at the state level, if they deem it necessary to local COVID-19 response efforts. Local governments that choose not to impose additional restrictions are required to operate within the regulatory baseline established by the state. 

The Sedgwick County Commission held a special meeting this morning to discuss local restrictions. They decided to not take any action on the Governor’s plan because it only allowed local jurisdictions to impose more restrictive guidelines. 
Nexus Information Session Now Available
Health insurance coverage is one of the most important benefits businesses can offer when recruiting and retaining talent. The NexUS Health Plan health is a new insurance option for Chamber members with an employee base of 2-500. As a benefit of their Chamber membership, our members now receive preferred pricing for their group health coverage - a 5% discount on premiums . In this information session you'll learn more about the program and how to enroll from Rick Beins with USI Insurance Services. 

Good Deeds in Hard Times
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland launched a new program that brings Girl Scout Cookies to our essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Working together, we can bring a something sweet to our communities during this challenging time.
Through Cookies for Courage, Kansans can purchase packages of Girl Scout Cookies to be donated to health care providers, first responders, city and county workers, grocery store clerks, and others who are still required to work amidst a changing landscape.
Click here to donate.
Do you know other Chamber members doing good deeds?   Email us   for the opportunity to highlight them here.
Look for these UPDATES to the Wichita Resource Center

State Reopening Plan |  Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

Manufacturing | Kroger:  Manufacturing Blueprint

Apr. 30 | Article: IRS: COVID-19 Related Employee Retention Credits: Determining Which Employers are Eligible to Claim the Employee Retention Credit FAQs |  Read

Apr. 30 | News Release: Federal Reserve Board: Expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program |  Read
Upcoming Webinars

May 4 at 12 p.m. CST | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball & KIOGA: Drilling Down on What PPP Means for the Oil and Gas Industry |  Register

May 5 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Managing Business as Unusual |  Register

May 6 at 12 p.m. CST | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: Positioning Your Business for the Next 4 Weeks, Months & Years |  Register

May 6 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Cyber Security: What You Need to Know |  Register

May 7 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Sink or Swim: Cash Flow is King |  Register

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