Spencer County

Due to ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. Find the details from the state here.  At this time, Spencer County restaurants and retail businesses are able to offer delivery and carryout services during this time.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Most area restaurants are offering carry-out, delivery, drive-thru, and curbside pick-up. Customers are asked to call ahead to place orders and to arrange for pick-up or delivery. Find a listing of participating restaurants and their hours, addresses, and phone numbers at the link here: SPENCER COUNTY RESTAURANT HOURS & FOOD SERVICE OPTIONS (Updated March 25 at 2:00 pm CT)

Show your support for local restaurants by updating your Facebook profile with the “Eat Local in Spencer County” photo filter! Find it here.

Many local shops are offering special options for curbside pick up and even delivery. Pick out a new spring outfit to be delivered, order flowers to brighten a friend’s day, and more. The most recent updates for each shop can be found on their Facebook pages.

HEALTHCARE RESOURCES

Currently, we do not know of COVID-19 testing locations in Spencer County. Click here to find a letter from the Spencer County Health Department (distributed March 26, 2020).

  • Deaconess nurse triage (812) 450-6555
  • St. Vincent nurse triage (812) 485-2273
  • Jasper Memorial (812) 996-6330

BUSINESS & EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)

Senator Braun’s team provided a COVID-19 Affected Business and Employee Resource Guide. The resources contained within this document are a culmination of state and federal efforts to combat the economic crisis created by the public health battle being waged against the novel coronavirus. Click here to see the PDF resource guide from Mike Braun’s team.

In addition, the National Restaurants Association has provided an executive summary of CARES here.

Click here for a summary of CARES Act from U.S. Travel Association.

Community Foundation Alliance COVID-19 Rapid Response

The Community Foundation Response Plan is making up to $1 million in funding available to organizations throughout southwestern Indiana that are at the forefront of helping communities impacted by COVID-19. Get the details here.
Contact Emily Davis with questions at [email protected]communityfoundationalliance.org or (812) 619-0734.

James Beard Foundation

This foundation launched the Food and Beverage Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Click here for more information on the micro-grants. In addition, the foundation will host industry support webinars; find out more here.

Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans OPEN.
Small businesses and nonprofits can apply online here: SBA.gov/disaster

The Indianapolis SBA office recorded a YouTube video on the SBA Disaster Loan program (EIDL). It walks through a PowerPoint that the SBA Disaster Loan processing group provided and is 22 minutes long. In addition, for those loan applications that have been denied by SBA, the most common reasons are for not filling it out incorrectly and/or having all the information, low credit scores (under 600), or forgot they had a credit freeze on with credit bureaus.

File Unemployment Benefits Online: 

Employees who have been laid off due to the impact of the COVID-19 situation and need information on filing unemployment benefits, should contact the Department of Workforce Development at 1-800-891-6499 or go to UNEMPLOYMENT.IN.GOV. WorkOne is closed to the public until further notice due to the executive order of Governor Holcomb.

Further Resources from Indiana:
https://ww.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf
https://www.in.gov/dwd/3468.htm

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The guidance addresses critical questions such as:
  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?
The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
DOL COVID-19 Information: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
A workplace poster model for covered employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and FAQs.
The Indiana Chamber provided this PowerPoint presentation on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (click the link for a PDF).

 

7(a) Small Business Loan

Find out about the 7(a) loan, including eligibility requirements here.

Job Opportunities:
The Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is sharing local employment opportunities via Facebook. Check the Chamber’s page for current employment updates here.

Regional Information:
United Way of Southwest Indiana has compiled a list of helpful links and resources for the tri-state area. Find the community resources here.