COVID-19

Our country is facing an unprecedented event with the COVID-19 pandemic.

McPherson Main Street is working closely with local businesses to provide resources, support and encouragement.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many. As daily life continues to be disrupted, routine business practices must be altered. McPherson Main Street is working closely with local businesses to provide resources, support and encouragement. Please continue to support local commerce. We are committed to helping the McPherson community stay safe and healthy. Together we will empower our business owners - it’s time to take care of each other.

SBA Webinars on SBA Products for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Webinars presented by the SBA Wichita District Office and Kansas Small Business Development Center provide the latest information on resources available for small businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19. Registration is limited to 500 participants per session. Register NOW!

Thursday, April 2 @ 9 a.m.
Monday, April 6 @ 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8 @ 1 p.m.

U.S. SBA Wichita District Office SBA Disaster Loan Presentation

A Note from McPherson Main Street

Please be kind. With the new state-wide stay-at-home order going into effect on Monday, March 30, we are all entering into new territory. I genuinely believe that the majority of people want to do the right thing and are doing their very best to follow safety precautions.

Each of our small business owners and employees have families and loved ones that they want to protect just like you do. Often, in a small business setting, employers and their employees function like a family, and the business owners feel responsible for their employees and want to do whatever they can to keep paying them and keep providing insurance and other benefits like retirement funds and more.

I have been amazed and proud of the ingenuity and creativity of our businesses, especially some of the stores that may be considered non-essential by definition in these circumstances. Please understand that they are practicing social distancing, sanitation procedures, delivery, curb-side services, shipping and even no-contact pickup. They are posting pictures of merchandise, doing live FB posts and anything they can to generate some sales to help them meet payroll and benefits for themselves and their employees.

If this helps them keep their lights on and their employees working then I for one plan to keep doing everything I can to support them. Because after this is all over, I want our community to still be the same as the one I have loved for all of these years. I encourage you to make smart choices for you and yours and to reach out in any way to help our community stay strong, but above all, please be kind.  

Ann Engel
Executive Director
McPherson Main Street

Instructions on how to support local business during COVID19 pandemic

Kansas Disaster Declaration Approved

The Kansas Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 crisis was approved by the federal government on Saturday, March 21. Businesses can now apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. All businesses should review the application filing requirements in order to expedite the loan application process. For more information, call 1.800.659.2955 (TTY: 1.800.877.8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
SBA Fact Sheet: Economic Injury Disaster Loans
FAQs about Disaster Loan Assistance
Apply for a Disaster Loan
Form 4506-T

Additional Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guide & Loan Resources
Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Updates
Unemployment and COVID-19 FAQs
File by Spreadsheet: It’s Critical
Kansas Department of Labor Shared Work Program

Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund
March 23, 2020: HIRE Update from the Kansas Department of Commerce
"We regret to announce that all our initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, we are keeping our form open and will continue to collect information from Kansas hospitality businesses on the losses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By filling out the form, you can help us assess the need across our state, which we will work to communicate with officials at the state and national level. We are grateful for your participation and willingness to share this information with us, and we plan to reach back out to you if, and when, new resources become available. In the meantime, we also recommend you consider applying for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Relief Loans, which have recently been made available to all 105 counties in Kansas. Further details and applications are available disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. We also continue to update our website at kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-response with tools and resources available to Kansas businesses."