Spencer County

BACK ON TRACK INDIANA

Find all of the details on Governor Holcomb’s roadmap to safely reopen Indiana: https://backontrack.in.gov/

Here is a direct link to the five stages for reopening: https://backontrack.in.gov/2348.htm Stage 2 began May 4, 2020. Stage 3 is scheduled to begin on May 24, 2020.

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS: What You Need to Know

No action needed by most people at this time. Visit this IRS website for more information about what you might need to do to receive the economic impact payment, who is eligible for payment, etc.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Most area restaurants are offering delivery, drive-thru, and curbside pick-up. Customers are asked to call ahead to place orders and to arrange for pick-up or delivery. Find a listing of participating restaurants and their hours, addresses, and phone numbers at the link here: SPENCER COUNTY RESTAURANT HOURS & FOOD SERVICE OPTIONS 

Show your support for local restaurants by updating your Facebook profile with the “Eat Local in Spencer County” photo filter! Find it here.

Many local shops are offering special options for curbside pick up and even delivery. Pick out a new spring outfit to be delivered, order flowers to brighten a friend’s day, and more. The most recent updates for each shop can be found on their Facebook pages.

HEALTHCARE RESOURCES

Currently, we do not know of COVID-19 testing locations in Spencer County. As of May 4, 2020, at 11:59 pm, Spencer County has nine (9) positive COVID-19 cases (6 confirmed & 3 clinically diagnosed). Click here to read the latest information from the health department, including recommendations for Spencer County — sent May 6, 2020. 

The Spencer County Health Department distributed a Spencer County Resource Guide and the Hoosier Resource Guide from the State of Indiana.

  • Deaconess nurse triage (812) 450-6555
  • Deaconess website with information/resources including a link to an app for telehealth/live help and a symptom checker
  • St. Vincent nurse triage (812) 485-2273
  • Jasper Memorial (812) 996-6330

BUSINESS & EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)

Various resources are linked below to help businesses better understand the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program

This program is available to small businesses with 499 employees or less (per site, not corporation). Businesses should immediately contact their banking institutions if interested; all banking institutions have been well versed on this program. If you have any other questions, contact Valerie of LEDC at (812) 660-2619 or Kim Howard of ISBDC by email at [email protected]
The latest Paycheck Protection Program information from LEDC:

#SaveSmallBusiness Fund – GRANTS

The U.S. Chamber Foundation has teamed up with a coalition of companies to establish the #SaveSmallBusiness Fund and provide $5,000 grants to help employers that have been financially harmed due to COVID-19. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3 and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. Get the details here.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by
the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more information about the recovery efforts for rural resident, businesses, and communities here.

Community Foundation Alliance COVID-19 Rapid Response

The Community Foundation Response Plan is making up to $1 million in funding available to organizations throughout southwestern Indiana that are at the forefront of helping communities impacted by COVID-19. Get the details here.
Contact Emily Davis with questions at [email protected] or (812) 619-0734.

Indiana Hospitality Relief 

The Hospitality Relief Fund was created by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association to give back to employees of the hospitality industry who are reeling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and who were among the first to face economic fallout. Businesses/residents may donate to this fund and hospitality employees can apply for a one-time $500 grant. Get the details here.

Professional Beauty Association

The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills. Find out more here.

Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans OPEN.
Small businesses and nonprofits can apply online here: SBA.gov/disaster

The Indianapolis SBA office recorded a YouTube video on the SBA Disaster Loan program (EIDL). It walks through a PowerPoint that the SBA Disaster Loan processing group provided and is 22 minutes long. In addition, for those loan applications that have been denied by SBA, the most common reasons are for not filling it out incorrectly and/or having all the information, low credit scores (under 600), or forgot they had a credit freeze on with credit bureaus.

File Unemployment Benefits Online: 

Employees who have been laid off due to the impact of the COVID-19 situation and need information on filing unemployment benefits, should contact the Department of Workforce Development at 1-800-891-6499 or go to UNEMPLOYMENT.IN.GOV. WorkOne is closed to the public until further notice due to the executive order of Governor Holcomb.

Further Resources from Indiana:
https://ww.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf
https://www.in.gov/dwd/3468.htm

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The guidance addresses critical questions such as:
  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?
The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
DOL COVID-19 Information: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
A workplace poster model for covered employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and FAQs.
The Indiana Chamber provided this PowerPoint presentation on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (click the link for a PDF).

 

7(a) Small Business Loan

Find out about the 7(a) loan, including eligibility requirements here.

Job Opportunities:
The Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is sharing local employment opportunities via Facebook. Check the Chamber’s page for current employment updates here.

Regional Information:
United Way of Southwest Indiana has compiled a list of helpful links and resources for the tri-state area. Find the community resources here.