Small Business Information
Throughout the last several weeks, constituents and community leaders from all over the district have expressed their fears over the nature of COVID-19 and what it could mean to their health, over losing their jobs, their businesses shutting down, being unable to put food on the table for their families, not knowing when things will get back to normal.
I believe we have an obligation to act for all those hardworking Missourians who make our communities so industrious and vibrant, to all the folks who saved up their money, took a chance on a thriving economy the last few years to open up a new business and employ more of their neighbors. We have an obligation to act on behalf of Missourians who day in and day out do the good, honest work that needs to be done to move America forward, purchase their first home, and build a brighter future day by day.
For topline information on how the federal government is supporting small businesses during this time, see the following websites and documents for information:
- Coronavirus.gov Small Business Resources Page
- Treasury Department Website on the CARES Act
- SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Small Business Administration (SBA):
The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. The number for the Kansas City SBA Regional Office is 816-426-4900.
- SBA - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Louisiana, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vermont, Mississippi Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA's hotline 888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332) is available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. We also encourage labs to reach out at CDRH-EUA-Templates@fda.hhs.gov with any questions related to diagnostic development. You may also be interested in our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains information on vaccines, diagnostic tests, drugs, medical devices, food and other products FDA regulates. FDA is interested in hearing from manufacturers who may be able to help mitigate potential shortages of the above product codes by increasing U.S. availability of such devices. These manufacturers may email FDA at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is closely monitored and has proven to be a valuable resource thus far in helping FDA mitigate potential supply chain disruption.
- FDA - FDA provides guidance on production of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help boost supply, protect public health (Click here)
- FDA - FDA allows expanded use of devices to monitor patients’ vital signs remotely (Click here)
For companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies, equipment or services as part of the COVID-19 response: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
For companies creating vaccines, diagnostic equipment, or therapeutics, contact https://medicalcountermeasures.gov
For a comprehensive list of information and resources for small businesses, please click here.