The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce is your business voice during the Covid-19 phased reopening. We recently contacted the Missoula City-County Health Department to share feedback we were hearing from the business community. Our letter and the Health Department's response are shown below.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act NoticeAll employers covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA (i.e., certain public sector employers and private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice. Required by April 1, 2020.
We're Open Campaign
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with The Missoulian to bring our community the We're Open Campaign. Any Missoula business that is planning to reopen it's doors to the public is welcome to a free sign that shows your storefront is open. Call the Chamber to have your sign delivered and a photo of your reopening shared on social media!
Reopening Montana Phased Approach
Govenor's Office - State of Montana
Read or download the summary of the governor's plan for reopening Montana.
Missoula COVID-19 Updates
See the latest updates and information from Missoula City-County.
SBA Disaster Loans
Small Business Administration
All counties in Montana have been approved for this funding
The process is expected to take up to three weeks, could take as little as two weeks
Application is directly through the SBA and not through a lender
These loans might be able to be used to pay off bridge/short-term loans
Amount of loan may be able to be increased after six months, if needed
MT Department of Labor
Find information about COVID-19 and resources for your employees including where and how to file for unemployment or public assistance (food stamps, TANF, Medicaid).
Funding & Resources
Montana Nonprofit Association
A list of funding and resources specifically for nonprofit organizations in Montana.
Stay at Home Directive
Governor's Office - State of Montana
Read the full directive from the Governor's Office, including a list of essential businesses and travel allowances.
Mandatory Quarantine Directive
Governor's Office - State of Montana
Governor Steve Bullock directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s Stay at Home Directive.
The Directive is effective now through April 10, 2020.
Paycheck Protection Program
Small Business Administration
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Lodging Notice of 14-day Quarantine
State of Montana
All lodging businesses must post a notice of the 14-day self quarantine. Click the link below for the FAQ sheet and the notice you can print to post.
Coronavirus Survey Results
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Download Summary Results from the Chamber's Business Needs Survey during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Results were shared with Montana Senators while they worked on relief bills.
Emergency Transportation Services
Montana Adventure Shuttle
Transportation services are deemed as “essential” under federal guidelines. Most MTAS transportation services for passengers are still available. In addition, MTAS can also provide the following services during a federal emergency only:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, ..., and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores. ... and more...
Townsquare Media is offering Missoula businesses the ability to send a 15 to 20 second audio blurb about whether they are open or not, their hours of operation, etc., that will be aired at no cost.
Missoula Economic Recovery Task Force and University of Montana
The Missoula County Economic Recovery Task Force has partnered with University of Montana to quickly establish a Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery (BEAR) Program. The BEAR program is organizing navigators to advise businesses that do not have established relationships with dedicated professionals about resources established by the CARES Act.
Free Electrical Work
A generous offer of free electrical work from PETE's Electric to all non-profit organizations through the end of May 2020. If interested in this offer please contact them.
Employee Wellness Program
Natura Health and Wellness
We recognize everyone is feeling a financial strain, one way or another. Therefore, we will offer this on a sliding scale. If businesses are interested, we ask that they reach out to us at email@example.com.
Our introductory webcast is entitled: Support for Proactive COVID-19 Health Management.
In this webcast we will:
• review COVID-19 and immune system basics
• discuss the current rules and regulations
• offer specific strategies and protocols to maintain health: reviewing immune-supportive nutrients, herbal medicines and whole foods
• provide recommendations on how to return to work including what precautions are vital
We can help your employees stay healthy and productive!
Free Informational Webinars
Breaking Down the SBA Loan Forgiveness Application
May 20, 2020 9 AM MST
Join the JCCS panel as we discuss the application for forgiveness released by the SBA on May 15th and the nuances contained in the accompanying instructions. Our panel will also be taking live Q&A on all COVID-19 relief provisions.
Cherry Creek Media
May 20, 2020 10:30 AM MST
Most states have stay-at-home restrictions that are expiring soon, and some have already begun lifting business restrictions. Will it result in a late-spring spending bloom from the 52% of local advertisers who've held back since mid-March? This webinar from Cherry Creek Media examines what businesses have been thinking (based on Borrell's latest panel survey from mid-April), as well as the components of a "reopening" package that might appeal most to businesses eager to get back in the game.
PPP Loan Best Practices
Helping businesses understand the forgiveness provisions of the Paycheck Protection Loan. Join our JCCS panel as they discuss these forgiveness provisions and best practices for tracking and calculating the loan forgiveness. They will conclude with brief discussion on items business owners need to consider as they begin to reopen.
Remote Working Guide for Montana Businesses
From First Call Computer Solutions, learn how Montana businesses can succeed while transitioning to a remote workforce. Including considerations for technology, security, customers, and more.
Cyber Security & Mobile Workforce
This webinar from First Call Computer Solutions discusses the importance of protecting your business with cyber security with a focus on the risks and mitigation tactics available with your newly remote workforce.
Seeing Beyond the PPP and EIDL Loans
May 8, 2020 9 AM MST
Join the JCCS panel as we discuss COVID-19 Act benefits available to businesses including the employee retention credit, sick and family leave tax credit, delayed payroll tax payments, and other various provisions. The panel will also provide an update on the latest guidance available for the PPP and EIDL loan programs.