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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 support 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.

Current Teton County Health Orders & Updates

May 18, 2020:

Teton County is currently in the Orange Phase. Click here to see what that means and what you can do.


Stabilizing/Orange Phase Re-Opening Checklist For Businesses

  1. Keep track of all time and expenses you are dedicating to the COVID crisis.
  2. Monitor health orders from State/County
  3. Read Teton County's Roadmap to Recovery Plan, state health orders and county recommendations, and a COVID-19 Response Dashboard can all be found here.Cut
  4. Review the Teton County Health Guidance Document this document outlines "Phased Guidelines for Businesses and Organizations to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation."
  5. Order Appropriate PPE for you and your customers here
  6. Post Signage – Check with Travel and Tourism Board for Signage Templates for Clean, Careful, Connected messaging
  7. Call your Chamber contact with any questions.

Continuation of State-wide Health Orders

Public health orders effective June 1 will ease restrictions on public gatherings, allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people. Updated orders allow for outdoor events to occur with social distancing and increased sanitization measures in place. Sporting events, rodeos and other events will be permitted to have up to 250 spectators in attendance, in addition to the event participants. Indoor events and gatherings, other than religious gatherings and other exemptions listed in the order, will continue to be restricted to groups of 25 or fewer. 

See the fifth continuation of state-wide health order #1

​See the fifth continuation of state-wide health order #2

See the fifth continuation of state-wide health order #3

COVID-19 State of Wyoming Informational Site


Economic Recovery Task Force

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Teton County Emergency Management Plan launched an Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) in response to COVID-19. Find all details on the ERTF including meetings, agendas and recordings here.

The purpose of the ERTF is to support business, provide resources, and plan for better opportunities in order to shorten our community's recovery time and to mitigate losses.

The ERTF and 4 related Focus Groups have created a Community Business Drop Box for re-opening resources by sector: Public Health Guidelines can be found in the same location. Visit here.

Focus Group Descriptions are here

Please email Rick Howe at rick@jacksonholechamber.com regarding the ERTF.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Travel Association Resources

If you have not heard there are draft rules for PPP Loan Forgiveness. Talk to your Loan Office about your Loan Forgiveness Application. In the mean time here is a great guide from the US Chamber of Commerce on the Program.

Click here for the U.S. Chamber's Reopening Business Digital Resource Center for the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources including a customizable workplace flyer.

See the U.S. Chamber's Small Business Re-opening Playbook. Also available in Spanish.

View U.S. Chamber and JH Chamber webinars here for additional resources for businesses.

US Chamber complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist you and your business here.

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

United States Travel Association (USTA) comprehensive FAQ for businesses and a helpful webinar for navigating the CARES Act. 


Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

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 from the U.S. Chamber to help your small business understand the payment protection program. The U.S. Department of Treasury shared new information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program that can be found on their webpage

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.

4/3/20 Updated Paycheck Protection Prgram Applciation here. Note: If you already filled the old form, you still need to fill out this new one. 

U.S. Chamber Guides now available for:

If you have questions about CARES Act funding opportunities before you connect with your lender contact our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Director: Sarah Hamlin at sarah.hamlin@uwyo.edu or 307-851-2029.

 

We strongly suggest you call your local lender direct; Our local banks and financial institutions are able to provide funding for SBA loans as of April 3 for LLC’s and April 10 for Sole Proprietors/independent contractors. If you don’t have a local lender, our local institutions are helping existing customers but also taking on new clients. Working with a local contact is a great way to keep your communications timely and personal.


WY State Financial Support and Resources for Owners and Employees

  • To file for unemployment, visit workforceservices.com
  • 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. 


Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board Resources

  • Click here for partner resources and industry insights during COVID-19.
  • View press release from March 24, 2020. 
  • Click here for visitor FAQ's 

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. 
  • Wyoming Humanities’ announcement of the launch of the Wyoming Crossroads Fund and its first grant line, the NEH-funded Wyoming Cultural Cares emergency relief grants. Info at erin@thinkwy.org.

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.


Teton County/Town of Jackson Links


Handy Links