Local organizations provide resources to businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic

2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago Wednesday, March 18 2020 Mar 18, 2020 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:57:00 PM CDT March 18, 2020 in News
By: Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Different organizations and government agencies are working to provide resources and information to businesses in response to COVID-19.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has a continuously updated list on their website of Columbia/Boone County community resources, local business updates and businesses and nonprofit resources. 

The Chamber wrote on their website, "Our Chamber is tirelessly working for our community as we continue through this delicate and impactful situation."

On Tuesday, the Chamber updated their updates page with a list of restrictions, including prohibiting all gatherings of 10 people or more for those at a high risk for illness, suspending all in-person classes at schools or colleges and strongly encouraging the cancellation of events with more than 25 people. 

Those who have questions or want additional resources can call the Chamber, or the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline. 

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is also working with local economic developers to help connect employers across the state with resources. 

The department said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are all vital resources to visit for reliable information.

The State of Missouri is also working with the US Small Business Administration to make disaster loans for small businesses that have economic issues as a result of the coronavirus. Once the state's request is approved, the Missouri Department of Economic Development said they will share more information on how to apply. 

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