COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Responding to COVID-19

We are here to support you - the small business owner - during this time. 

We're offering meetings every day to talk with current business owners. We can help you think through risk, diversifying offerings, apply for disaster relief funds, and more. You can schedule a virtual meeting with a business consultant at a time that works best for you. As always, the cost for our consulting is covered by our funding partners.

If you are an existing business owner looking for help responding to COVID-19, please use the button below to schedule a meeting with a business consultant.

Our Statewide Network

The Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Missouri State University serves business owners in a 16-county region throughout southwest Missouri.

Our local SBDC is part of a strong statewide and nationwide network of business resource programs, funded in part through the University of Missouri Office of Extension and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

If you're a business owner outside of southwest Missouri you can find your closest SBDC center online. Any Missouri business owner can find statewide resources and sign up for services online. America's SBDC network has compiled additional COVID-19 response resources.

SBA Programs & Loan Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses. SBA disaster loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. These loans are available to Missouri business owners.

The SBA also offers a Paycheck Protection program, loan relief, and bridge loans. Learn more about all programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration with our SBA Economic Injury guide.

Find upcoming webinars about these SBA programs on our calendar. You can also view recordings from previous webinars along with their presentation materials in our webinar library.

Recovery Plans & Helpful Documents

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is regularly updating their COVID-19 Response Information

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has compiled resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Missouri Small Business Development Center's Small Business Disaster Recovery Guide

Missouri Small Business Development Center's Checklist for Business Disruption Response

U.S. Customs & Border Protection has created a webpage dedicated to the most recent information and messaging on the impacts of COVID-19 in the trade space.

OSHA's Guidelines for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Society for Human Resource Management's Social Distancing Guidelines for Work

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a customizable flyer to display in your place of business

The University of Missouri-Extension office has a 'What You Should Know About Coronavirus' flyer

Labor & Workforce

Avoid Layoffs with Missouri's Shared Work Program: The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide available work among a group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours.

Understand Unemployment, Discrimination, and Workers' Compensation: The Missouri Department of Labor has compiled information related to unemployment, discrimination, and workers' compensation related to COVID-19.

Find Government and Other Reliable Resources for Workplace Issues Related to COVID-19 in this guide from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).