Chamber Webinar: Virtual COVID-19 Business Community Panel


In an effort to keep our business community informed, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual COVID-19 business community panel. The panel covered our most commonly asked questions. Topics included official city regulations, COVID-19 and your business, and SBA resources and loans.

Find the Chamber’s slides here. Find Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services slides here.

Columbia City Manager, John Glascock

-The Columbia City Manager spoke on the regulations that have been put into place and how they impact your business

Michelle Shikles with Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

-Learn the necessary steps to take when the virus strikes someone on their staff

MU SBDC Director, Mark Christian

-Hear an overview of the resources available through SBA and how to ensure you can apply for loans.

Q: If a small business has a relationship with a local lender and can use them as a funding source, they would NOT be eligible for EIDLA from SBA directly, is that correct?

A: Mark Christian, Director, MU Small Business Development Center

Use the SBA Disaster Loan Checklist to help guide you.

Q: What are the risks for our childcare centers that are still open?  Should we be keeping these centers open?  Social distancing is impossible in childcare. 

A: Michelle Shikles, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

“Based on available evidence, children are not at higher risk for COVID-19.  While some children have been sick with COVID-19, their symptoms are generally mild.  The majority of the cases, and the majority of the severe cases are in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

Anytime there is a group of people, the possibility of transmission increases, particularly when there is community transmission.  As far as should these remain open, officials are currently discussing this matter.  They consider many factors when making these decisions including the need for our emergency responders, healthcare workers, law enforcement, etc. to be able to work.”