COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Responding to COVID-19

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

The Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University serves business owners in a 16-county region throughout southwest Missouri. We're offering meetings every day to talk with current business owners. 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.

You can schedule a meeting whether you are starting a new business or seeking assistance with an established business.

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.

Funding 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.

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.

Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

The SBA also offers a Paycheck Protection program, which is administered through your local lender. Learn more about PPP from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The SBA also offers an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which is administered through SBA directly. Learn more about EIDL from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Learn more about the SVO grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Employee Retention Tax Credits

The CARES Act provides for an employee retention tax credit (Employee Retention Credit) that is designed to encourage employers to keep eligible employees on their payroll despite experiencing an economic hardship related to COVID-19. Learn more about Employee Retention Credits.

We're Here to Help

We're here to assist business owners. Find upcoming webinars on our calendar. You can also view recordings from previous webinars along with their presentation materials in our webinar library. 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.

Recovery Plans & Helpful Documents

Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses

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