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Small Businesses

Welcome, Downtown Cape business owners! A large part of our mission at Old Town Cape, Inc. is to ensure the success and well-being of our downtown businesses in every way we can. During this time of uncertainty, we are committed to supplying you with any resources or information that might prove helpful for you. New information is being added every day, so be sure to check in frequently. We also share information via our Old Town Cape Merchants Facebook page. If you are not already a member, click here and ask to join!

If you are open and allowing carryout or delivery, click one of the links below to add your business to the Keep Cape Strong website.

Governor Parson has released plans for Phase I of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan

Under Phase One of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, businesses are to:

  • Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices
  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing.
  • Minimize business travel.
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections
  • Social distancing requirements shall apply in all situations, including, but not limited to, when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.
  • Social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet. They should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
  • Retail businesses shall limit the number of individuals in any particular location. Consult the Health Order and FAQs for additional details.
  • Restaurants may offer dining-in services, but must adhere to social distancing and other precautionary public health measures. Tables must be spaced at least six feet apart. Communal seating areas for parties that are not connected are prohibited. There can be no more than ten people at a single table. The continued use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged.
  • People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances.

Learn more here.

Click here to find local recommendations and guidance for Cape Girardeau County businesses and citizens, provided by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, Cape Girardeau County Commission and cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson in conjunction with Missouri Governor Mike Parsons’s “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.”

Resources for Your Business

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Bill

As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

We encourage you to utilize the U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist as well as the “Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act” to help answer common questions and navigate the process.

A summary of the Bipartisan Agreement on “CARES” Act written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can be found here. In it, you will find information on the “Paycheck Protection Program,” changes to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other provisions for small businesses.

For a Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness, click here.


SBA Disaster Loan
Please visit the SBA’s website and begin filling out the loan application – the site will save your progress. If you have any questions about the application, the SBA can provide assistance. Call 800-659-2955 or email
Find more information on SBA Funding Programs here.


GoFundMe Grant 

GoFundMe has partnered with Yelp and Intuit QuickBooks to create a Small Business Relief Fund to help small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these three companies has contributed $500,000 to the Fund, and it’s receiving additional donations from the public. The fund will provide $500 grants to any small business that raises $500 on GoFundMe. Learn more here.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Furthermore, it includes provisions to provide diagnostic testing for coronavirus and bolsters Medicaid and nutrition programs for at-risk populations.
Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s summary.
Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s letter to Congress and the President with the business community’s recommendations.


CDC Site for Businesses
Guidance and recommendations for businesses and employers.

CDC Site for Community Organizations
Guidance and recommendations for community organizations and faith leaders.


Learning Tools

Mornings on Main Webinar
Experienced business owners in Missouri Main Street districts will share their best practices in having an online presence and how they use multiple platforms and outlets to accomplish their goals. Every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register for May 27th’s webinar.
Click here to view past webinars.


Locable’s FREE E-Commerce Tool
No website or experience required. Click here to sign up and learn more.


Resources for Webinars
National Federation of Independent Business
Small Business Majority
Small Business Development Center