COVID-19: Business Programs and Resources

RCED is working with local and state agencies to provide an updated list on programs and resources regarding COVID-19. Please email or call 785-374-3047 for questions.


COVID-19 Republic County CDBG Loan Funds – Up to $20,000 The funds will be used for working capital such as: salaries, wages, inventory, utilities, rent, insurance payments, etc. Details and application HERE.

Incentives Without Walls (IWW) Belleville Downtown District – Belleville Chamber & Main Street has available funds through the Incentives Without Walls (IWW) program.  This is eligible for any business in the Designated Main Street District.  We are offering 7 no-interest loans of $4,000 for working capital purposes only.  More details found here.

Business-specific press releases from RP Co. Health Department – Guidance for: Retail Food, Restaurants/Bars, Financial, Religious, All businesses – Click here to view.

Republic County Child Care Needs Assessment – If you or your employees are in need of child care we are gathering data on the demand to help connect openings to you. Take the survey HERE.


North Central Regional Planning Commission / NCKCN – SBA Loan information. NCKCN a limited number of computers and can increase internet capacity for users. – For more click HERE.



The stay-at-home order means Kansans should stay home unless they’re going to get food, household necessities, medical care or other essential services. Outdoor exercise is encouraged, as long as it is in groups of less than 10 and you are adhering to the six feet social distancing guidelines. View the PDF by clicking the link –

Kansas Department of Commerce

HIRE Fund (Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency) Fund **(Funds Currently Depleted) : Due to the overwhelming initial response, the Department of Commerce’s initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time.  

STATE OF KANSAS COVID-19 JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL – Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at

Kansas Department of Labor – FAQ’s COVID-19 Unemployment – FAQ’s image.

DOL ResponseFor more click HERE

3/24 DOL unemployment explainer article.

Businesses may be exploring reducing production as a result of supply chain challenges related to COVID-19.  The Shared Work Program is an excellent tool to use in lieu of a temporary, total layoff of employees. It allows for partial work week and partial unemployment benefits to employees. To participate, normal weekly work hours for employees must be reduced by 20% (no more than 40%) and apply to at least 10% of employees. For more information, visit  KDOL here

Individual Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The UI program was established as a means to protect those who are involuntarily unemployed from the financial burdens and dangers that come with being unemployed. It is designed to be a short-term assistance program and may be able to help those whose employment has been adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Check out our UI and COVID-19 Fact Sheet and apply for benefits online at

Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned but will be between $122 and $488 per week.  At this time, individuals can receive up to a maximum of 16 weeks of benefits.

For Families.
Unemployment Benefits | Health Care | Financial Institutions/Insurance
Mental Health | K-12 Schools | Assistance for Children & Families
Courts & Public Safety | Insurance & Utilities | Colleges & Universities | Seniors & Disabled

For Businesses.
General Resources | Finances & Lending | Local Government
Agriculture | Insurance & Labor | Transportation


The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction.

Do you need:

  • Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
  • A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
  • To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
  • Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

Download the entire PDF of FAQ’s for these programs below


SBA Employers Guide to COVID-19 – Click the image below to see the forward and backward arrows.


  • COVID-19 Basics
  • Practical Workplace Guidance
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Workplace Law and Best Practices Q&A
  • OSHA Deeper Dive

Republic County Weekly Business Calls3/30, 4/6, 4/13 @ 12 pm – Join RCED and other businesses in discussing COVID-19 impacts, changes, programs, and more. Will continue weekly. Sign up for a time here

COVID-19 Business Survival Webinar: Navigating the CARES Act
As a result of the CARES Act being signed into law on March 27, 2020, making decisions for your business just became more complex. The good news is that numerous financial relief options are available to you, but which relief packages make the most sense for your organization? 
Join our upcoming webinar, COVID-19 Survival: Navigating the CARES Act, on Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm CT.
Key Topics Include:Payroll Protection Program (PPP)Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)Options for tax and financial reliefAvailable credits and incentives 
Webinar Registration

Emergency Programs to Help Small Businesses and Displaced Employees – 4/3 – 9:30 am
For information about these and other Covid-19 services see:
What:   First Friday e-Call
When: Friday, April 3 @ 9:30 am
Where:  Zoom;
One-Tap Mobile: +13462487799,,2636377104#

The call will be recorded at .
WHY:    To increase local communities’ knowledge about the economic resources available to help small businesses.
David Toland, Secretary of Commerce
Delía García, Secretary of Labor
Laurel Klein Searles, Director of Unemployment Services