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Upcoming Chamber Membership Meetings

August 1st at Noon - Zoom Meeting

August'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.

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Welcome New Member! 

Covenant Praise Church of God
We welcome you to attend the Crawford County Youth in Ag Show and Sale at Interstate Regional Stockyards on July 10th & 11th. This event allows youth in our county to exhibit & sell their market livestock projects which they have been working hard with this year! We are hoping for a great turnout to support our kids! For more information, contact your Club Leader/FFA Advisor, or contact:

Shane Staples 573-259-7405
Logan Billingsley 573-259-4249
Abigail Wishon 573-263-2749
Have your businesses signed up for a virtual one-on-one
with a Network Navigator?

Join the Resource Network meetings

Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Audio only (call): 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 754 940 742


Every July, we review the data and trends of Missouri’s entrepreneurship network over the past six months (like a half-time report!). We'll let you know what we’re hearing from entrepreneurs, innovative ways the resource network is working to fill gaps in support services and more. Stay tuned for a full agenda!

What we're talking about


COVID-19 unemployment info for entrepreneurs

The Missouri Department of Labor has published guidance (see Question 28 on the linked FAQ) on how self-employed individuals can meet their work-search requirements, which resume July 5.

Missouri Job Center counselors are available locally to help.

How will Missouri counties use CARES Act funding for economic recovery?

The Missouri CARES Act Funding Working Group, chaired by Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, will provide guidance to local governments on appropriate use of CARES Act funds, further clarification on federal guidance as well as reporting requirements.

Know your entrepreneurs’ impact and your gaps

County governments are expected to understand the needs of the communities they serve. Those needs might include establishing or strengthening financial assistance programs for local businesses.

Here’s some information you can use to help inform your key contacts about the importance of entrepreneurship:
  • Show Me Jobs: New and young firms with fewer than 20 employees have created nearly 80% of all new jobs in Missouri over the past five years. These businesses are the primary job creators in both rural and urban communities.
  • Show Me Capital: A number of Missouri organizations have alternative loan funds or grant funds for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but many are underfunded or underutilized. Federal funding sources should be explored to support both new and existing funding pools across the state.
  • Show Me Capital: Find more information about the funding gaps in your region and educate others about the need for small business funding support.

Use funds to provide economic support

Here are a few takeaways from a recent Working Group meeting with U.S. Treasury Department on how to use funds to provide economic support to small businesses. (Here’s the audio recording if you want to listen.) The conversation about small business happens at approximately 30:00 and 39:00.
  • Each local government can define what it considers a "small business."
  • The federal government might not provide further clarification on the definition of small business as it relates to nonprofit corporations. This means that nonprofit entities can receive funding unless the local government says otherwise.
  • The "need" that awarded funds would support or reimburse should arise between March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.
  • Local governments can issue funds to an existing entity to manage direct disbursement to citizens and businesses in need.

That's all for now. See you all this week!

Alexces Bartley
Network Builder, MOSourceLink
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For Immediate Release: June 26, 2020


Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Accepting Applications for Rural Small Business Improvement

Meat processors eligible for loan, tax credits


(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is currently accepting applications for two programs aimed at rural small business improvement, specifically meat processors across the state.


“At a time when Missouri’s economy is recovering from COVID-19, our board members and staff are proud to offer programs that help the Missouri families running these small businesses,” said MASBDA Executive Director Jill Wood. “Our meat processors are critical to our farmers, ranchers and small communities. It’s vital that we have facilities to process Missouri’s agricultural goods.”


Agricultural businesses in towns with populations under 50,000 may be eligible to receive funds from the Missouri Agribusiness Revolving Loan Fund, which can be used to start, acquire, operate or expand an agribusiness. Qualifying agribusinesses may include value-added agriculture enterprises, agriculture support businesses, marketers or retailers of agricultural products, and businesses with emerging agricultural technology. Due to COVID-19, MASBDA is currently offering a fixed interest rate of 4%.


The loan fund will finance 75% of a project cost if it is in a first lien position with a maximum loan of $112,500. If the project is in a second lien position, the loan fund will finance 50% of the project with a maximum loan of $75,000.


The Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit Program is also available to qualifying meat processors interested in modernizing or expanding their facilities. The program is designed to stimulate investment in the meat processing industry in Missouri. The tax credit amount is 25% of the modernization or expansion costs, with a maximum of $75,000 per year.


Additional program details and applications can be found on MASBDA’s website. For more information, please contact the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority by phone at (573) 751-2129 or by email at



Media Contact: 

Sami Jo Freeman,
(573) 751-2613 


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
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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