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Upcoming Chamber Membership Meetings

July 1st at Noon - Zoom Meeting

July's Membership meeting will be held on zoom. Your mics will be muted upon entering. If your mic isn't muted please mute yourself. If you have a question, please use the raise hand or chat feature so that we can keep everything organized and a good experience for all. As you know with technology, things can happen. Thank you for being patient with us as well try this new venture! ~ The Board of Directors.

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85016183642?pwd=cXlBSHNaSGtCMFJocWJzbkJZSjUrQT09

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

If you are a May/June renewal, Invoices for 2020 - 2021 have been emailed out. Check your junk/spam folder if you have not received yours yet.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Good morning CCEM and Missouri Chamber Federation members,
 
CCEM and the Missouri Chamber Federation have joined together to provide an update from Governor Parson.
 
Please join us on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 am.
 
The registration link is https://missourimococ.wliinc35.com//events/CCEM-Professional-Development-Series--1092056/details
 
Feel free to extend this invitation to your board of directors.  
 
We appreciate and want to thank Governor Parson for providing an update to all of our  Chamber professionals in Missouri.   
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Tamara L. Long, IOM 
 
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Director of Missouri
Chamber Federation
Phone (573) 634-3511   |   Fax (573) 634-8855
428 East Capitol Avenue  |  Jefferson City, MO 65101

Missouri is open for business!!  Are you ready?? The Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program can help you return to work safely. Contact us for a FREE consultation on COVID-19 or assistance with OSHA compliance. No fines. No fees. No reporting findings back to OSHA. We are only here to help Missouri businesses.

Even though companies are returning to work, we are still offering virtual consultation visits! How do virtual visits work? Just complete an application, send it to our office and one of our consultants will setup a virtual visit. Employers can use live video conferencing or send photos to our consultants and we will provide recommendations to correct for your specific safety and health issue.

In addition to conducting virtual visits, we can provide on-site safety and health consultations on a variety of different topics. They include:

  • COVID-19 Assistance – We understand both employees and employers are apprehensive about returning to work under these new and challenging circumstances that continue to evolve. We can provide recommendations on COVID-19 using the latest OSHA/CDC guidance that includes, but not limited to, risk assessments, social distancing, and engineering controls to adjust workstations. We believe implementing these measures will not only help decrease employee and customer exposure to COVID-19, but will also aid in easing apprehension related to returning to work. 
  • Hazard Assistance – Have all the hazards at my facility been identified?  Is the abatement for these hazards adequate? We can perform a walk through and help you identify hazards you may have missed and ensure adequate abatement is in place.
  • OSHA 300 logs questions - Have you submitted your OSHA 300 log information to OSHA this year?  We can assist you with possible errors and assist in determining if a case is recordable.
  • Review of OSHA site-specific written programs – Do you have an Emergency Action Plan in place? Lockout/Tagout Program? Respiratory Program? These types of programs may be required by OSHA. Send your documents to our consultants and we will check for compliance and help you create a well-rounded program.
  • Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) - SHMSs have been proven to make a dramatic impact on decreasing injuries and illnesses.  OSHA estimates that developing a SHMS in Missouri can save employers $26 million dollars annually! Let our consultants assist you in the development of a SHMS.
  • FREE Air and Noise Sampling – Ever wonder if the noise in my workplace too loud? Are my employees being overexposed to the air contaminants? We can provide air and noise sampling at your facility at no cost.

If we can be of any assistance, please contact us at 573-522-SAFE or at SafetyConsultation@labor.mo.gov.

Hello again!

During these weekly meetings, we cover a lot of ground (updated information and resources for entrepreneurs, listening and responding to the needs of businesses in our communities, opportunities for collaboration, etc.).

But at our last meeting, we did something a little different and highlighted a specific Resource Partner organization that might not always be top of mind when you think about resources for entrepreneurs ... but it certainly should be, especially as more and more workers file for unemployment and people seek to expand their technical skills during tough economic times.

Let's get started ...
 
Join the Resource Network meetings

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Videohttps://umsystem.zoom.us/j/754940742
Audio only (call): 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 754 940 742

 

What we’re talking about:


Missouri Job Centers offer a variety of services to help the unemployed find employment or even become self-employed. Many may not typically think about referring aspiring entrepreneurs to their local Job Center for training or capital to help them start their business, but I’m here to tell you, you should.

For anyone who wants to create his or her own job as a means of employment, Job Center counselors can help them tap into a number of programs that can cover costs and, therefore, reduce many barriers people face when starting a business.

Job Centers can help entrepreneurs with:
  • Costs associated with training and education needed to obtain industry-required certification, degree, licensure, etc.
  • Transportation expenses associated with work and/or training
  • Childcare expenses
  • Purchase materials, supplies, equipment required to perform a job
Again, Job Centers offer access to a variety of funding streams that aspiring entrepreneurs can tap. Each funding source has different guidelines and requirements for eligibility, so it’s best for entrepreneurs to meet with a Job Center counselor to discover which funding programs can help them reach their goals.

Here are a few examples of the funding sources/programs and key eligibility criteria for each that entrepreneurs can access through a Job Center:

Skill Up program:
  • Low-income individuals who currently receive food stamp (SNAP) benefits
  • Funds used for training and education costs
  • Other support (childcare, transportation)
  • A business plan is required if funds will be used specifically for entrepreneurship-related business expenses (equipment, lease, business registration fees, etc.)
Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act funding from the U.S. Labor Department:
  • Low-income individuals
  • Funds used for training and education costs for Missouri’s regional "in-demand" careers with "A" or "B" grading
Dislocated Worker funding:
  • Individuals currently receiving unemployment benefits, have been permanently laid off or have exhausted their unemployment benefits and are unlikely/unable to return to work in a position for which they are already trained
  • Funds used for training and education costs to obtain a new skill or to advance a current skill that will result in increased employment options
To learn more about eligible programs and how to connect with a Job Center, visit jobs.mo.gov/return-strong or call 888-728-5627.

Jobs Center counselors will meet with an individual to identify their goals for employment, develop an employment plan and establish steps to implement that plan, including finding the right programs to help make that plan more financially feasible.


Why we’re talking about it:

  • Missouri unemployment rates are high and will likely take multiple years to return to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Jobs reduced by employers may not return due to changing business models, remote work opportunities, downsizing, etc.
  • Business ownership creates an employment opportunity for the business owner and potentially for others.
  • Entrepreneurs can operate a business as a secondary source of income (a side hustle) in addition to traditional employment.
These programs typically come up in conversations related to workforce development initiatives like, Missouri One Start, Best in the Midwest, Talent for Tomorrow, Apprenticeship Missouri, etc. The connection that may not always be mentioned: Entrepreneurs are part of the workforce, and entrepreneurship is always hiring.
 

Entrepreneurs who should access these resources:

  • Those who want to learn a new, marketable skill that they can build a business around and create a reliable source of income
  • Already have skills developed through previous work experience or a side-hustle but need to secure industry-recognized certification, degree or licensure to provide services as a legal business entity
  • Have the necessary technical skills and education to be successful in their industry but need startup capital to purchase equipment, materials, etc., to perform services or create products as a business
See you again this week!

Alexces Bartley
Network Builder, MOSourceLink
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 
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Workforce Announcement:
East Central College has access to training funds that allow for any laid-off or furloughed employees from your organizations to receive specialized training. This is a good opportunity to have workers return to you with additional skills. 

ECC also has funding for your full-time employees to learn additional skills to prepare them as they move up internally within your organization or their job duties required new skills.

Please contact ECC at 636-649-5800 or email training@eastcentral.edu if your organization would like to participate or if you have questions. 
While we are in the midst of uncertain times, Taylor Sign & Tint is looking forward and continuing to pursue new ways in which we can meet the needs of our customers and community. We are now able to provide custom-printed Tyvek Wrist Bands, an excellent choice for fairs, rallies, expos and other events. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us at our office and inquire about pricing. We can be reached by phone Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm at (573)860-8460 or via email. We look forward to this new opportunity to provide for our neighbors!  



Thank you,


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