Phone: (417) 581-6139 | Location: 1471 W. South St | Ozark, MO 65721

Responding to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Updated 7/24/2020

The Ozark Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting Ozark though the COVID-19 situation. The Chamber is in constant communication with our local, regional, and national partners to make sure our members and the public have the most updated information regarding COVID-19.

The Ozark Chamber occasionally receives information about grant programs, loans, and other assistance programs administered by private organizations in addition to federal funds. This info may change frequently as these programs open and close. Please see our links below for the latest updates.

2020

COVID-19 Information

UPDATE 7/24/20: We are looking for Ozark businesses’ input on whether or not a mask/face covering mandate should be implemented in Ozark. To provide your feedback, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 4/30/20: The Stay at Home Order has been updated for May 4 – May 31, 2020, to allow businesses to re-open while enforcing physical distancing requirements. Please see the Resources tab for links to the updated order, the business reopening guidelines by industry, and more.

UPDATE 4/21/20: The Stay at Home Order has been updated through May 3, 2020, in accordance with Governor Parson’s statewide order. Businesses CAN operate to provide goods and services, as long as no physical contact is made. Appropriate physical/social distancing guidelines must be followed, and employers should provide personal protective equipment to staff if necessary. To view the updated order CLICK HERE

UPDATE: 3/24/20: the Mayor of Ozark, after consulting with appropriate city, county, and state officials, issued a Stay at Home order in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The order is in effect beginning 12:01a.m. on March 26, 2020, and shall continue for a period of thirty (30) days unless renewed or withdrawn. To view the order, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 Updates page on the Christian County Health Department website.

The Senate and House have both passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This aid package will help provide emergency assistance to organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE 8/12/20: CARES Act Grant Available for Christian County Small Businesses – The Christian County Commission, at the recommendation of the Christian County CARES Act Fund Committee, has released an application for small businesses to request funds for reimbursements of expenses incurred through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Contact caresact@christiancountymo.gov with questions.

UPDATE 4/27/20: As of this morning, applications for the Paycheck Protection Program have re-opened. If you were not able to apply for the first round of funding, please contact your lender ASAP to take advantage of additional funding.

UPDATE 4/18/20: The Small Business Administration reports that funding allocated for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been exhausted. Congress is working to appropriate additional funds toward those programs. The Ozark Chamber will make our members and the public aware of any additional funds available as soon as applications resume.

For information about the CARES Act and other government programs, click here.

For information about the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.

For information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

For information about additional financial programs (grants, etc.), click here.

 

I'm a small business owner. Where can I find local help?

The SBDC at Missouri State University is offering 1:1 assistance for businesses to answer questions and help navigate the application process for the SBA disaster loan. We also recommend reaching out to your your banker and financial advisor. Additionally, your local Chambers of Commerce will also be happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

I may need to lay off employees or I'm getting laid off. Where can I find resources and information?

Like many businesses, you may be considering laying off employees, or you may have be an employee who has been laid off due to COVID-19. There are a few resources available right now, with more information being made available daily.

Shared Work Program

Unemployment

Paycheck Protection Program

Businesses are encouraged to contact your bank and financial advisor for guidance and information about possible loan forgiveness programs.