“A community that is strong is a community that will survive.”
During these difficult times many businesses, organizations, government facilities, schools and individuals are working towards helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, while still maintaining services.
Many businesses have either closed or limited their interaction with the public.
Those that can have utilized drive-up, curbside or take-out to limit social interaction.
The Lincoln County Economic Development Office, the Elsberry Community Growth Association and the Troy Area Chamber of are working together to address the needs of the business community who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are encouraging all of businesses both large and small to reach out to us,” said Julie Rodgers, Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development. “Call us, message us, contact us however they can and let us know if there is anything they need. We are here to help direct them to resources once we know what their needs are.”
They are also encouraging them to share their concerns, obstacles and immediate needs so they can share that with their partners in Jefferson City and legislatures in Washington D.C.
They are also passing along information as it is received from both the state and federal level. One example is this is the Disaster Recovery Loan from the Small Business Administration for businesses that are experiencing difficulties during the current crisis. This can be for payroll, loss of revenue or other needs. Applications are now being accepted. This is available to companies in Lincoln County and throughout Missouri.
Other efforts are in the works from both the state and the national level.
“We are paying close attention and will share that information with our local businesses once we know more and details have been finalized,” said Rodgers.
A Facebook page called Lincoln County Business Hub. According to their page rules and use: This page is to be used to promote our Lincoln County Businesses and ways we can still shop, dine, purchase, order, and support! No political posts, inappropriate or rude posts will be allowed. Business owners can post to the page any changes in operation or services during the crisis. See below to learn more about this group and this page.
This page is a joint partnership between Elsberry Community Growth Association, Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln County, Missouri Economic Development. This page is a centralized location for our business owners to communicate with our community members to let them know of any special operations including: Specials, Pick up options, Online shopping options, delivery schedules, special times for vulnerable populations, and changes in schedule.
We hope this page becomes the “hub” during the crisis to help our public still find creative ways to support our local businesses. We will do our best to keep this page as up to date as possible, but please take into consideration that some information is changing hourly. Please invite your friends to this page, and share it! We can all get through this if we work together! Our contact information is as follows:
Troy Area Chamber of Commerce (Rachel South): 636-462-8769
Lincoln County Economic Development Office (Julie Rodgers): 636-462-8095
Elsberry Community Growth Association (Sam Byers): 636-565-0498
A top priority right now for the State of Missouri is increasing the personal protective equipment (PPE) medical equipment supply chain.
Partners at the Department of Economic Development have reached out to the Lincoln County Economic Development Office to see if they can connect them with manufacturers who are currently producing or could in a short time frame shift their production to make these products.
“We encourage any of our businesses who may have this capability contact us immediately,” said Rodgers.
The Troy Chamber of Commerce has created a Quick Resource List for Business Owners During COVID-19.
There are links to unemployment information, health department information, disaster relief information and helpful social media pages.
There are also links to forms that can be shared with employees. This is being updated as more information becomes available. All links are accessible and provide information that anyone can send to employees, or link directly to resources anyone may need during this time. This can be found on the social media pages of all three organizations.
The Elsberry Democrat and The Lincoln County Journal has created a section on their website at www.lincolnnewsnow.com that pertains to stories surrounding COVID-10. The page is found at the very top of the website and is called Coronavirus News.
This page will contain local, state, national and world news and will be updated on a regular basis. It will be available to anyone and no subscription is needed to view the section.