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Park County Public Health Order - March 19, 2020 (Full PDF).

It has been determined that a method to control the community spread of the coronavirus is to limit large gatherings of people. This order may reduce the likelihood that individuals that may have been exposed to the COVID-19 will spread the virus to others.

Therefore, the Public Health Order addresses the following:

Gatherings are limited to 10 people for social, spiritual, and recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith based, or sporting events; parades, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, and similar activities.

These numbers include employees!

These restrictions do not apply to grocery stores and other stores selling essential items, Yellowstone Regional Airport, government facilities, pharmacies, hospitals or medical clinics.

The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce has been closely following the latest information being released locally, regionally and nationally regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our priority is to have the most up to date information available to our membership and community. Much remains unknown, but there is comfort in action, and there are steps Wyoming small businesses can take to protect their employees, their communities and their businesses as the situation develops.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. A list of COVID19-fighting products can be found here.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, preferably with a tissue but if not possible, with your inner elbow.
  • Prepare your household for COVID19. Guidance can be found here.
  • If you are sick, seek medical care early. Call your primary care doctor or Cody Regional Health’s Emergency Line at 307-578-2000.

We strongly encourage you to keep in mind ways that we can continue to support our local business community. Many of our merchants have the ability to sell online. Continue to support local merchants when the temptation to turn to Amazon arises. Secondly, buy gift cards. While you may not feel like going out to shop or to eat right now, gift cards are a nice way to patronize our local businesses in the future and will provide critical cash flow to our businesses today. We are also regularly adding Chamber member current deals as seen on the Cody Country Curbside community Facebook page.

 

Important Information on Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program

Wyoming small businesses impacted by coronavirus have received final federal approval to seek loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. SBA has added all 23 Wyoming counties to it’s list of designated “economic disaster” regions eligible for small business disaster loan assistance.

If you are a Wyoming small business owner and have been negatively impacted by coronavirus, the SBA’s Federal Disaster Loan program can provide you with loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue you might be experiencing. The loan amount will be based on actual economic injury and financial needs, so business owners should gather items such as financial statements, tax returns, and revenue projections to prepare for a loan request.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private non-profit organizations. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable — up to a maximum of 30 years — and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

If an employer or employee needs assistance in preparing their application package, the Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) can assist businesses with preparing a loan package at no charge. Their team are experts in providing virtual advising. Find your SBDC regional director.

 

Updated 3-26-2020 Yellowstone Regional Airport Press Release - Airlines to make Flight Schedule Adjustments

Updated 3-25-2020 Wyoming 2-1-1 is a statewide helpline which provides free, confidential information and referrals to health and human services. By dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state of Wyoming, people are linked to information about COVID-19 as well as local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies. (Spanish version of the info sheet.)

Healthy Park County - Park County Community Resource and Volunteer list

The Park County Community Resource and Volunteer list is live and active on the Healthy Park County website. This site is being maintained by PC Public Health. Please feel free to share… if someone would like to be added to the list, please use their contact information provided.  Email info@healthyparkcounty.org, 307-527-8577 (Cody/Meeteetse), 307-754-8871 (Powell/Clark)

Yellowstone National Park News Release March 24, 2020: Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are announcing modifications to operations at the request of local county health officers from Park County, WY, Park County, MT, Teton County, WY, and Gallatin County, MT. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are closed to all park visitors until further notice. Read the full Press Release here.

WyoGives Day of Giving hopes to fundraise for nonprofits statewide.

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network hopes to leverage the online fundraising phenomenon to benefit charitable groups throughout Wyoming with a statewide Day of Giving this summer.

Currently scheduled for July 15, 2020 the WyoGives Day of Giving will take place virtually at wyogives.org and is made possible by a platform called GiveGab. Thanks to GiveGab, each nonprofit that wishes to participate can create a separate webpage, all of which will be located on WyoGives’ website.

More than 70 nonprofits across the state have already signed on to participate, with registration closing May 15. GiveGab gives the Wyoming Nonprofit Network a way to thoroughly vet the charities that participate to ensure donations go to worthwhile causes and good stewards of funds.

Each nonprofit can customize their webpage, adding photos, videos and offering donation matches. By offering smaller nonprofits without as large as a web presence a chance to fundraise alongside the state’s well-known organizations, the hope is they will be able to reach a wider audience to help raise funds.

Read more about the WyoGives Day of Giving on this Wyoming Business Report article.

Did you know?

To help businesses succeed, Wyoming prides itself on tax rates that are among the lowest in the nation.

- No Corporate Income Tax, No Personal Income Tax, No Inventory Tax, No Franchise Tax
- No Business License Required
- Low Property Taxes
- Favorable Incorporation Laws

Member Information Center - How to Guides

Your Cody Country Chamber Membership now gains you access your directory listing page!  In addition you can view your directory page statistics, modify employee information, and update your contact information.  Please notify us to resend your login invitation email.  Here are some good training videos to watch and learn more about logging into the Membership Information Center (MIC).

Please note that, depending on your membership level, some areas of the MIC may not be accessible.  Pony Express level memberships and higher include more robust options such as the ability to add logos/photos, additional text, additional links and so forth.

 

How To Update Your Personal Profile
You can update all of your personal information from within the MIC. This video explains how.
http://www.screencast.com/t/dOTxxuEu6MPL

PDF format: How to Update Your Personal Profile.

 

How To Update Your Company Profile
You can update your company profile from within the MIC. This video explains how.
http://www.screencast.com/t/8HHFR9un8

PDF format: How to Update Your Company Profile.

 

How To Manage and Use Events
Learn how to use, manage, submit, and register for events from within the MIC. This video explains how, length 13:00.
http://www.screencast.com/t/UmfQejNMFZZ

PDF format: How to Manage and Use Events.

 

How To Post a Hot Deal
Learn how you can access, create and manage Hot Deals and Member to Member Deals from within the MIC. This video explains how, length 6:40
http://www.screencast.com/t/gBoeSjJUw

PDF format: How To Post a Hot Deal.

 

How To Add a Job Posting
How you can access, create and manage their Job Postings from within the MIC. PDF only, no video.
http://supportwiki.micronetonline.com/images/f/fe/How_to_submit_a_Job_Posting.pdf

 

How To Pay Dues/Bills Online
Learn how you can pay your open membership dues invoices online from within the MIC. This video explains how, length ~6 minutes
http://www.screencast.com/t/aANGeen0

PDF format: How To Pay Bills Online.

How to Identify Counterfeit Money.

Small business owners need to be aware of the many ways to detect counterfeit money. The Secret Service offers a downloadable PDF called Know Your Money that points out key features to look at to determine if a bill is real or fake.

Look for fakes with some of these tips:
Color-shifting ink: If you hold the new series bill (except the $5 note) and tilt it back and forth, please observe the numeral in the lower right hand corner as its color shifts from green to black and back.

Security Thread: Hold the bill a light to view the security thread. You will see a thin embedded strip running from top to bottom on the face of a banknote. In the $10 and $50 the security strip is located to the right of the portrait, and in the $5, $20 and $100, it is located just to the left of the portrait.

Microprinting: There are minute microprinting on the security threads: the $5 bill has “USA FIVE” written on the thread; the $10 bill has “USA TEN” written on the thread; the $20 bill has “USA TWENTY” written on the thread; the $50 bill has “USA 50” written on the thread; and the $100 bill has the words “USA 100” written on the security thread. Microprinting can be found around the portrait as well as on the security threads.

Fine Line Printing Patterns: Very fine lines have been added behind the portrait and on the reverse side scene to make it harder to reproduce.

IRS Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts

Remember - The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.  Many IRS impersonators and hackers will be simultaneously shopping or phishing for others’ tax information via email, social media and by phone.  Protect yourself and learn to recognize the telltale signs of a scam!

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