Business Impact Survey:
Attention Gage County Business Owners, Managers, & HR Personnel:
Main Street Beatrice, together with the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce and NGage (Gage Area Growth Enterprise), is conducting a Business Impact Survey to gather data about how COVID-19 has impacted our county thus far.
Click here for the Survey Link or scan the QR code below with your mobile device camera to take the survey.
For our most recent email blasts to businesses please visit:
Friday, March 20 > https://conta.cc/2QuMOnS
Tuesday, March 24 > https://conta.cc/39hcGub
Friday, March 27 > https://conta.cc/3dy4AAD
First of all, we are here to help – If you have questions or need help getting word to your customers/community let us know. We will use social media and other means to help you share news and updates.
Please send details or links to the items you want to be shared via: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Or call 402-223-3244
We have been working to share business posts on Facebook Let us know if you have a post we can share.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are now available for Nebraska’s Businesses effected by Covid-19.
These loans will be available directly through the SBA – plus many local lenders have been learning more about these programs and may be able to help you.
If you have not already done so – be sure to communicate with your lender about any difficulties you are having or expect to have – Many banks are extending lines of credit and providing other assistance in this difficult time. Do not be afraid to seek help!
Gov. Ricketts has issued an Executive Order to Loosen Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements.
The Nebraska Department of Labor is waiving the required work search requirement and the one week wait period for unemployment benefits for those who are unable to report to work due to closure or illness. The employer fee for short-term benefits is also waived. In addition, the State has expanded its Short-Time Compensation program to help reduce or prevent layoffs by providing prorated unemployment benefits to those still working but who have had their hours reduced.
More information can be accessed on the Department of Labor’s website at:
If you are needing to temporarily lay-off your employees these resources are for you. Don’t Be Afraid to Call and Ask Questions to ensure you get the paperwork done right.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
The U.S. Chamber is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
U.S. Department of Labor:
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies. Information for Employees and Employers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.
First Presumptive Case of COVID-19 Identified in the Beatrice Area https://beatricedailysun.com/news/local/gage-county-has-first-presumed-positive-case-of-covid/article_702bd755-1a92-5269-b7c7-032259f8d827.html#tracking-source=home-trending
Governor Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Provide Relief to Restaurants and Bars during COVID-19 Emergency. Efforts to lift restrictions on restaurants and bars statewide and provide greater flexibility to serve Nebraskans during the current public health emergency. Announcement Link
The City of Beatrice suspends late fees and disconnections for non-payment through May 31, 2020. Please contact the Board of Public Works to inform them if you plan to delay your payment, they may be able to help you make additional arrangements so that you do not get further behind. Announcement Link
City of Beatrice, Gage County, Issue Joint Recommendation on Coronavirus, 3/20/20
What will the limitations likely be on people and businesses if cases of Covid-19 are found in the Beatrice area? Below is a link to the rules now being imposed on Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties
Gov. Ricketts Announces Directed Health Measure for Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, & Washington Counties – Media Release Link
Link to The Official Guidance in effect for locations such as Beatrice Nebraska as of 1:00pm 3/19/20 The 10 person restrictions that are in place for some types of businesses, this applies to customers but does not include paid staff members.
Other News Links:
Nebraska Governors Announcement- How Everyone Can Help Stop Coronavirus, 3/17/20
Facebook announces $100 million grant program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus
Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days
Trump seeks stimulus package potentially worth more than $1 trillion, including direct payments to Americans and help for small businesses, 3/17/20
Fox News Article on Federal Actions aimed at helping Small Businesses, 3/18/20