News You Can Use: More Reopening Advice

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This document contains no “best practices” that apply everywhere – coronavirus creates different challenges depending on countless factors, including the

News You Can Use: Reopening Guidance

As the region begins reopening businesses and moving the economy into recovery mode, the Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue providing useful information for the leisure and hospitality industry. If you find articles that would be useful to others, please send links to them to Susan Wade at swade@springfieldmo.org. Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan Missouri Gov.

Free Webinars and Remote Workforce Resources

Strengthening Customer Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis Noon April 29 – What strategies should you consider for direct contact with current customers?How might you indirectly reinforce brand loyalty and connection? Beyond retention, how should you approach new potential leads? Virtual Hugs, Handshakes and Self-Care Amidst COVID-19: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other Noon April

News You Can Use

How to Make Furloughs More Humane Furloughs enable companies to reduce staffing costs while sidestepping layoffs, and are especially helpful during times like these, when many industries are at a near stand-still. 25 Free Things That Will Help You Communicate with Your Customers Right Now Keeping customers engaged with your business is a huge challenge

Missouri Division of Tourism Offers SMARInsights Webinar

Please join your Missouri tourism industry colleagues from around the state for an update from the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) and a presentation on consumer-sentiment and messaging research from SMARInsights at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020. Tourism Director Stephen Foutes and MDT staff will give an overview of the Division’s plans for

Benefits Available for Self-employed, Gig Workers, Independent Contractors

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security is encouraging self-employed, gig workers and independent contractors whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus to apply for unemployment assistance. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, those who qualify will be eligible for weekly benefit payments of $133 to $320 per week

Helpful Resources for Businesses

How to Save Your Sponsorships in the Face of Cancelled and Postponed Events As the efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have led to countless cancelled or postponed events, event planners have learned quickly that they can’t rely on their previous sales strategies and are scrambling to hold on to as many sponsor dollars as

Paycheck Protection Program Now Available

The Paycheck Protection Program is now live for small businesses and sole proprietorships and and starting April 10 independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. The program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

MO Restaurant Association Establishes Fund to Help Workers

The restaurant industry is the second-largest private-sector employer in Missouri and the nation. With more than 11,000 locations across the state, Missouri’s restaurants employ an estimated 300,300 people. As the restaurant industry has been devastated by the impact of the pandemic, many restaurant workers need financial assistance during this challenging time. The Missouri Restaurant Association