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COVID-19 Update: Business & Advocacy

Business Resources

With the stress of daily changes and quite frankly a lot more questions than answers, we want you to know we are working around the clock to make sense of this for our business community. As a Chamber, we support the community impact decisions being made to support the Public Health and Safety. We know they are causing extreme duress for many members, but from what we have heard, we know you help them too.

Our goal during this time is as follows:

  1. Deliver accurate, responsible and helpful information only.
  2. Listen to the needs of our members and be available.
  3. Support and understand the return to normal and ensure our business health is strong.
  4. Advocate for businesses, employees and our community though this unprecedented time.

The Town of Jackson has a new Ordinance today, Saturday, March 28, 2020. Please read the signed and approved version here

A Stay at Home Order Issued for those Over 65 and those with high risk medical conditions made on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Read here


Financial Support and Resources for Owners and Employees

  • Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) are offering $300,000 in grants to support businesses in order to avert or shorten layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming. 
  • To file for unemployment, visit wyomingworkforce.org.
  • Unemployment Insurance FAQ’s (for the applicant)
  • One22 Resource Center is mobilizing financial awards, more information on the program here

Read this letter for advice from Kris Shean, Chamber Board Chair on applying for financial support. 


Small Business Administration Loans

3/28/2020 – Due to the number of submissions received this grant is no longer accepting applications. As soon as it becomes re-available we will update this message.

Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help you keep workers employed. In fact, if a small business maintains or later restores their payrolls, you may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here's a guide and checklist to help your small business through the process. 

Read this letter for advice from Kris Shean, Chamber Board Chair on why it’s a good idea to apply for SBA loans. 

Wyoming has been declared a disaster area and businesses are eligible for loans. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (up to $2M at 3.75%, 30-year term per small business) can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

If you are concerned about current loan payments for your business, we strongly suggest you call your lender direct; most banks are very keen to help their clients, weather through these uncertain times.


Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act Phase III (CARES)

3/28/2020 – Due to the number of submissions received this grant is no longer accepting applications. As soon as it becomes re-available we will update this message.

3/27/20 -Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help you keep workers employed. In fact, if a small business maintains or later restores their payrolls, you may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here's a guide and checklist to help your small business through the process.

3/26/20 - Yesterday the CARES Act was approved 96-0 in the US Senate. It now moves to the US House of Representatives and we expect it to pass there no later than Friday. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law shortly thereafter. This represents$349 billion in small business recovery funding. While this could change before it is signed, please read here for all the key elements as described by the US Chamber.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act Phase II

3/23/20 The U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nations employers. Learn more on how your business is effected by this. 


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help you keep workers employed. In fact, if a small business maintains or later restores their payrolls, you may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here's a guide and checklist to help your small business through the process.

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers, see the Response Toolkit here.

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage Teton County businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees here. We encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels and send them to your colleagues and employees. 

See economic and travel forecast updates from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here.


Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board Messaging and Support

View the letter to business owners from the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board. 

  • View press release from March 24, 2020. 
  • Click here for visitor FAQ's 
  • GTNP and YNP have ordered a temporary closure immediately for the short term. More here.

Non-profit Support and Resources 

  • The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has activated the Community Emergency Response Fund to support local nonprofits helping those directly impacted by COVID-19 in addressing their ongoing needs. For more visit cfjacksonhole.org.

  • If you have staff or friends wanting to offer help as a “volunteer” please use the CFJH volunteer JH page as the main resource. They are collating needs from our beloved non-profits who are trying to manage regular business and the influx of requests they are receiving.

  • We Are Jackson Hole "Stand Together by Staying Apart" is offering community resources and information on mitigation of COVID-19. 

Digital Tools for Business

Contact-less payments are available at most stores in town. Set up on your phone or check your credit cards for this symbol. 
Click the following links for instructions: 


Take Care of Yourself

Becoming Jackson Whole is offering complimentary mindfulness and social wellness practices to build focus, calm, and resilience. Take a practice or read more here.

Read this letter for advice from Kris Shean, Chamber Board Chair.  

Please read this article "Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day" for a refresh on why social distancing is essential and how it benefits our community in the long run. 

If your household is Spanish speaking, share this helpful handout with your family. 


IMPORTANT HOTLINES:

Teton County Public Health Update Hotline: 1-307-732-8628
St. John's Health Evaluation Hotline: 1-307-739-4898

Spanish Translations Available. 

How to Access Teton County Health Care Services during public closure. View this document in Spanish here.


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