Business Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Funding

Summary of 501(c)(6) Eligibility in Pandemic Relief Package Expansion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The final pandemic relief package restarts the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expands PPP eligibility to include 501(c)(6)s. The language begins on page 2102 (in the PDF) and can be found in the Rules Committee Print (PDF). The authority to make new PPP loans will terminate on March 31, 2021.

Reopening & Recovery

Which Orders Do I Follow & What is a Requirement vs. a Recommendation?

Businesses and individuals must comply with both County and State orders. Each County retains authority to issue and enforce equally or more restrictive orders or provisions as necessary to respond should conditions worsen. The orders outline requirements that must be complied with in order to conduct business. (Riley County's Safety Requirement document (PDF) provides additional information for businesses.)

Restaurant Guidelines

Retail Guidelines

Cosmetology Guidelines

Resources

We encourage local businesses and Manhattan residents to monitor the situation and be diligent in protecting themselves. The Chamber has compiled resources, both locally and nationally, for its business members and the general public.

Our goal is to minimize the impact on our community by looking to our public health experts for guidance related to COVID-19. Here are some additional resources for your reference.

Resources From the U.S. Chamber

State Jobs Website

The Kansas Department of Commerce launched a jobs website, connecting job seekers with Kansas businesses hiring to fill urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 jobs site allows employers from essential industries to quickly and easily post critical positions that need to be filled to support activities related to helping individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The site, which is available at no cost to employers or job seekers, will be updated continuously as businesses add new jobs to the system. Job seekers can visit the site to find companies hiring for COVID-19-related positions and quickly access company hiring portals.

2-1-1

2-1-1 is a service by the United Ways of Kansas that puts people in touch with much-needed services and volunteer opportunities in their local communities. Now you can call, go online or even text to find help. Dial 2-1-1.

Google Resources

View Google resources.

Webinars

METL is a regional coalition of the Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence Chambers of Commerce, representing the voice of nearly 3,000 Kansas businesses are hosting a webinar series. This webinar series will provide business resources for COVID-19.

Based on Recommendations of the CDC

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you're sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home and personal items, such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Consider an "elbow bump" instead of a hug or handshake.

We hope to maintain business as usual, but also want to ensure we're aligning with best practices to do all we can to keep our community healthy.