Relief efforts for small business at federal, state and local level

The Greater Kansas City Regional Workforce Intelligence Network (RWIN) is providing a list of resources available at every level of government to help employers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resource page includes links and short descriptions of national programs through the Small Business Administration such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) initiative, the latter of which is now providing emergency fund advances for loan applicants.

The Kauffman Foundation is providing guidance on the SBA application process, and links to a database of all other small business relief programs nationwide.

Small Business Development Centers like the one serving Kansas represent the local help center for the SBA and their website provides how-to videos and specialists you can contact.

AltCap, in partnership with several civic and business organizations, launched the KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund but within a matter of days had received an extremely high number of requests and stopped accepting applications. The flagship local government/nonprofit partnership received more than 600 applications adding up to $30 million in loan requests, surpassing the $5 million allocated from initial donors like the Kauffman Foundation. They are now calling upon residents and organizations who wish to be a part of the local relief effort to make donations via their website.

Despite the monumental task before them, local leaders continue to find ways to help bridge the delayed federal relief for businesses in need. The KCMO Finance Department is extending 2019 earnings tax deadlines to July 15.

Additionally, area nonprofits like the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, LISC Greater Kansas, United Way of Greater Kansas City and MARC have joined forces to provide a Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, providing area nonprofits with an infusion of resources to sustain or expand services they offer to communities in need.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce offers guidance for small businesses. Along with partners Husch Blackwell and Lockton Companies, they’re providing important information and best practices for preparing your essential workplace to comply with coronavirus-specific OSHA standards. For small businesses looking to help out on the public health front, they’ve also posted listings for healthcare providers and the needs they have.

KC Sourcelink shares information on legal issues involving employment during the pandemic, as well as guidance on tax relief options.

On the workforce front, RWIN is also linking to IRS information on tax credits for paid sick and family leave, information on Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program (which allows active employees to receive unemployment under specific stipulations), how-to videos for former employees to file for unemployment claims in Kansas and Missouri as well as information on Layoff Assistance/Employment Transition services on both sides of the state line, providing rehire guidance to laid-off employees.