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Catalyst. Convener. Champion.
Your Great Bend Chamber of Commerce is working diligently to serve our community in a positive and encouraging way. Our mission is to promote and improve the business climate in the City of Great Bend through services and partnerships that encourage growth and assist existing and new businesses in reaching their business goals.
With the onset of the COVID-19 health challenges, our team will be updating this page on a daily basis to best serve our COMMUNITY FIRST. We'll be reaching out to our members and all businesses to help share the GOOD that is happening so that we can support each other, stay strong and take our community to the next level of greatness.
Please watch for more information coming from the Chamber with regard to upcoming events including Chamber Coffees. We are taking this seriously and doing our part to help flatten the curve. Please call 620-792-2401 or email us with questions! firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Latest COVID-19 Update Links
Business Tools & Resources
SBA Disaster Loans Now Available for Kansas Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began offering emergency disaster loans for Kansas businesses today in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disaster declaration applies to all 105 Kansas counties.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the COVID-19. SBA loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private non-profit organizations.
Click here to register and apply for a loan.
Rapid Response for Laid Off Workers - If your company is facing a permanent layoff of workers, contact Shelly Thompson at email@example.com.
Community Support Network
Great Bend is a great place, and we have plenty of local agencies, cities, towns and non-profit groups that are working overtime to help each other and to help our community. We will edit this category and provide regular updates for you.
Stay Up To Date
City of Great Bend - Alert Center | 620-791-5035 City Liaison available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
The City is committed to serving you via the following methods:
1. By Phone @ (620) 793-4111
2. By Email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Our website @ www.greatbendks.net
4. Utility payments may be made via the Front Door’s Drive-thru window, On-line Bill Pay, Drop Boxes located at the Front Door, City Office or Dillon’s on west 10th Street or by Auto-Bank drafts.
During times of uncertainty, Americans come together to support each other. COVID-19 is a new test of our collective strength. As social distancing and self-quarantining become the new normal, we’re facing new economic challenges.
To support this rapidly escalating need, United Way Worldwide has created the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. This Fund supports communities struggling in the wake of the new virus, by supporting local United Ways and 211, the go-to information resource in times of crisis. Every year, 211 specialists answer 12 million requests by phone, text, chat and email to connect people with disaster, food, housing, utility, health care resources and more. There is no other network in the country with a similar pulse on America’s needs. So far, some 20 statewide 211 operations have been activated, and 211 is working closely with health officials all over the country to provide accurate updates to the public.
United Way of Central Kansas and our 22 Community Partners are a part of this network thanks to a partnership with United Way of the Plains, who provides this service for the majority of the State of Kansas.
They can be reached by calling 211, by texting 898211, or visit the website https://211kansas.bowmansystems.com/.
While a local fund has not been set up at this time, we are working closely with our Community Partners and other resources in our communities and will keep abreast of this rapidly changing situation. UWCK is working hard to ensure that we are there for our family, friends, and neighbors as we learn to navigate this situation together.
NOTE: You can dial 211 to speak to someone about local assistance at any time. The 1-866-211-9966 number you may have seen on social media is only available for residents of Indianapolis. Please be aware that financial assistance related to COVID-19 is not available for individuals everywhere.
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave Click here for more info
Weekdays, 11:15 am-12:45 pm, a meal package containing lunch and breakfast for the following day can be picked up at all five elementary locations and the Central Kitchen.
From USD 428: Our Food Service team is expanding our menu this week and adding some "hot" items for our kids to enjoy! Parents, please take some time to discuss reheating and food safety with your kids! As a reminder, all children 18 and under can receive a free meal package, no questions asked! We'll see you for lunch!
For more information www.greatbendschoolmeals.com or Web Menus mobile app.
Words of Encouragement
We've found comfort in these words shared from our friends at The Morning Brew:
"Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place."
"Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern."
"Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other person, should the need arise."
Our members matter, and we encourage the entire community to support each other and buy local, support local businesses and find ways to keep every business moving forward.
Tips for Business Success
There are plenty of great things already happening and we want to share the good news with our members and the community. This section will have best practices and great ideas that you can use to keep our economic engine rolling forward. Check back here regularly for more info as we'll keep this source current and engaging.
HotDeals - Member to Member Discounts
Coming soon! Stay tuned for discounts available to/from Chamber Members...
Cancellations & Postponed Events
Call or Email the Chamber Office with Cancellations, or details on postponed events. email@example.com
Store Closing/ Postponed Events/ Cancellations
The Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village is closed to the public from March 18th until the Board of Directors deems it safe.
The 11th Annual Barton Community College Foundation Clay Shoot scheduled for April 19th at Camp Aldrich has been cancelled.
March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
2020 Great Bend Farm, Ranch and Hemp Expo/Tradeshow has been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date
Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club has canceled its “Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop” that was scheduled for March 28 at the Great Bend Public Library.
Maurices - will remain closed until March 31
Buckle - will remain closed until March 31
Heart of Kansas Mercantile and Miss Pretty Pickles - will remain closed until March 31
Kiowa Kitchen - until further notice
Golden Belt Cinema 6 - until further notice
Kansas Wetlands Education Center is closed to the public indefinitely.
All KWEC programs and events through March 29 are also cancelled.
Rock’n the Planet Earth Day event that was scheduled for April 18. We hope to reschedule this event for a later date.
KWEC Turtle Tot Club on April 10 - Has been cancelled
Kendal’s Koffee scheduled for Friday March 27th - CANCELLED
Lenten Luncheons at Great Bend churches have been canceled this year.
Great Bend Public Library, CKLS, closed for week (March 16-21)
The Great Bend Recreation Commission has closed the GB Rec Center/City Auditorium and GB Activity Center, and canceled recreation programs and activities scheduled until May 1, 2020
Visitation suspended at jail
Clarification: Not all BCC classes going online
Walmart will be open 7am - 8:30 pm daily (effective March 19, 2020)
CITY BUILDINGS CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC - Effective at 12 noon March 20,2020, the following City facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
• City Hall
• Front Door
• Police Department
• Municipal Court
• Fire Department
• Codes & Inspections
• Events Center
• Brit Spaugh Zoo & Raptor Center
• Department of Public Works’ buildings
• Department of Public Land’s buildings
• All City Parks
• All other Buildings where Great Bend City operations are conducted
Hoisington Public Library will close March 20, 2020 at 6, and will remain closed for the time being. No curbside service will be provided.
Club 1 Fitness is closing March 25, 2020 until conditions improve.
1st Assembly of God - CLOSED
American Legion Post 180 - CLOSED
Animal Medical Center (Ellinwood)- CLOSED
Animal Medical Center-Curbside Care ONLY
Applebee's Grill and Bar-To Go Only
Charlie’s Place - CLOSED
Countryside Veterinary Associates-Curb Side Service ONLY
DREAM, Inc. Clients need to call 620-792-5152 to schedule telephone sessions if you have not done so. No groups will be held effective immediately
Ellinwood Rec Center- CLOSED
Fort Larned Museum (parks and grounds open)- CLOSED
Great Bend Health Department- by Appointment only
Great Bend Senior Center- CLOSED
H & B Communication of Holyrood and Ellinwood- front office’s are closed/they are available by phone and payments can be made online
Hoisington Rec Center - CLOSED
Hoisington Playgrounds- CLOSED
Hoisington Utility Building- CLOSED
Lake Wilson (Campsites) - CLOSED
Lone Wold Restaurant-Carry-Out and in town Delivery
Nex-Tech-Closed to Walk-in Traffic
Russell Eyecare Center-Lobby Closed to Public
THE ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL-Lobby is Closed-Offering Car side Veterinary services. Please call in advance . They are also delivering animal medicine, food, and other supplies as needed.
Wheatland Cafe-Cafe and Catering Closed (Wheatland Wagon Is Coming To Great Bend)