A Message from the Chamber Regarding COVID-19

As a business in West Central Indiana, we know that it can be hard to interpret the ongoing stream of information regarding COVID-19. To continue one of the main functions of the Chamber of Commerce, we are here to provide real-time, hands-on information that can be useful to our member businesses while making key decisions in the next few weeks, months.

COVID-19 Resources:

News from the State of Indiana

On May 1, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced a 5-step plan that includes phased re-opening of businesses in Indiana.

Indiana's Critical Industries can access answers to their specific questions via the Critical Industries website at www.in.gov/criticalindustries.

Guidance on Essential and Non-Essential Businesses - For additional information on what is considered an essential business, visit the US Dept of Homeland Security – CISA – Guidance on Critical Infrastructure.

Emergency Childcare

Looking for child care resources and daycare referral programs? Visit the Chances and Services for Youth website.

The Vigo County Childcare Network is offering services and assistance starting April 7, 2020, for the next 8-9 weeks. Visit their website or email vigochildcare@gmail.com.

Financial Resources

General Information/Comparisons of Financial Resources:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

Please note, the best source of information regarding the PPP is your local bank. Also, consult your attorney and/or accountant for specific regulations and guidelines for your industry.

Paid Sick Leave:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided expanded paid sick leave and family and medical leave which took effect on April 1, 2020.

Additional Financial Resources:

Unemployment Services 

Employment Opportunities

General Business Resources

West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center

Located at Indiana State University, the Indiana Small Business Development Center is a FREE service for small business entrepreneurs. They offer one-on-one meetings and services including marketing, creating business plans, financing information and more.

US Chamber's Center for Capital Market Competitiveness

The U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has compiled a one-stop shop for members to stay on top of all legislation and regulations related to financial services during the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Legislation and Regulations tracker is regularly updated as changes merit and includes links to the actual bills & rules, a brief description, and status updates.

Resources for Non-Profits

Downtown and Main Street Resources

Marketing Resources

Free Conference Call and Virtual Meeting Options:

More Tools to Work Remotely:

Resources for Remote Desk Options:

Shop Local, Eat Local, Support Local

During this challenging time, the Chamber is committed to working on behalf of the business community in whatever ways we can. We encourage the West Central Indiana community to support local businesses, shops and restaurants as much as possible.

Many restaurants are offering special menus, delivery and carry-out options. Please click here for our Local Restaurant Guide 

Retail businesses that have been designated essential in the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order are listed in our Local Retail Business Guide.