Chamber Webinars

Call the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411, if you are need of immediate help.

If you have specific COVID-19 questions for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services email [email protected]

Webinar Schedule: 

To be as relevant and informational as possible, webinar topics are subject to change.

HR/Legal Advice on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase II)
Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.
This webinar will focus on HR issues and Labor Laws relating to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase II of the Coronavirus Relief Package).
Speakers: To be announced.
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Payroll Tax Credit & Social Security Deferments
Thursday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.
This webinar will focus on payroll tax & social security deferments. Speakers will explain tax and payroll credit information as it relates to the Families First Act. Speakers will also address new tax considerations and filing deadlines.
Speakers: Williams-Keepers (CPA)
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Paycheck Protection Program

In this webinar, representatives from The Bank of Missouri, Central Bank, and Williams-Keepers explain the Paycheck Protection Program and answer questions from webinar attendees. Find more information about PPP here. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CARES Act Webinar

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce was joined by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, Jack Howard, to discuss Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CARES Act. This webinar delves into who is eligible for the loan as well as the first steps to consider when applying for available funds. When navigating funding and loan options, please consult your financial and legal advisers before taking advantage of any relief programs.

Below is the complete set of slides as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s CARES Act presentation slides. 

virtual COVID-19 business community panel

March 23, 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.

The panelists were:

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.

Below are the two slides shared during the panel, one from the Chamber, which contains contact information for our three panelists. The other is from the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services on best health practices for your business. 

We had a couple of questiosn come through during the panel. Below are the ones we have currently have answers for.

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

“Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) assistance is available only to small businesses when SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. The purpose of the loans are to help businesses meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.”

Use the below 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.”