The Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce continues monitoring and responding to the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in direct communication with numerous sources, including local and state emergency services, to assure we are receiving current and accurate information and will endeavor to share information with our members in a timely manner as it becomes available to us. We remain committed to protect the health and well-being of our members, employees, and all of our Nye County citizens and its more vulnerable populations.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak released his Phase 2 reopening Directive 021. The directive is set to expire on June 30, 2020. All prior directives remain in effect through the end of June. As previously announced, data trends will be monitored throughout Phase 2 for an estimated period of 2-3 weeks. Should the data trends continue to remain positive, the Governor maintains the ability to enter Phase 3 of reopening prior to the June 30, 2020 expiration set forth in the latest directive.
Directive 021 also allows for Nevada’s gaming establishments to open on June 4, 2020. Nevada’s Gaming Control Board issued an industry notice on Wednesday to restricted and nonrestricted licensees with updated health and safety policies for reopening after temporary closure.
The Gaming Control Board industry notice can be found online at gaming.nv.gov.
As part of our close partnership with various community partners, government agencies and emergency services, we will be sharing information as it becomes available regarding support and resource services which may be available to our businesses in Nye County. We will be sharing this information on our website, our Facebook page and in newsletters and email blasts to our membership. We will also be including various links to resources to assist you in getting the information you need and that includes current and accurate health related status reports and information.
We recognize these are unprecedented and uncertain times and wish to assure you we understand your concerns and recognize the potential impact to our members and small businesses during these difficult times. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. SBA has resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing these applications on a first-come, first-served basis. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. Link to SBA: U.S. Small Business Administration .Small Business Administration phone number: 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please utilize the links below to see Corona-virus workplace guidance and loan information for small businesses:
In addition to this, and separate from the SBA loans, and as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress has passed various Payroll Protection Programs. This is a program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans. Also, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law, which expands the period of time in which businesses can use their PPP funds as well as ease restrictions on the use of funds. Key provisions include: 1) extends the time period in which borrowers must spend their PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks; 2) lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll from 75 to 60 percent; 3) extends the loan coverage period from June 30 to December 31, 2020; and 4) for the portion of the loan that isn’t forgiven, the measure extends the loan term from 2 years to 5 years. For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program - FAQs for Small Businesses:
Additionally, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation is advising that should an employee need to file for unemployment insurance, Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Claim Filing System should be used rather than visiting a DETR office.
Employees should visit http://ui.nv.gov/css.html
Employers should visit: http://ui.nv.gov./ess.html.
For all parents of students of the Nye County School District, and who may be without the means to provide breakfast and/or lunch during the week, please see the following information:
We encourage you to shop local, continue to support business reopenings and also consider to utitlize take out and delivery services, and support your local businesses!
We wish to once again remind everyone to contintue to use common sense, continue to be mindful of “social distancing” and please let’s all try to show the better side of humanity in our interaction with one another, and be kind. Thank you for your continued support. Be well everyone and remember we are all in this together; “This too shall pass”.
Chief Executive Officer
Additional Resources and Information:
New Hope Fellowship's Path of Hope Food Giveaway- Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., 781 West St. For more information or to volunteer, contact Darlene Miller at 775-751-1867, http://www.nhfministries.org/new2018/PathofHope.html
Chamber luncheons are a great networking opportunity for your business. They are also informative. We have great speakers addressing issues which impact your business and community, provide a networking opportunity and serve delicious food.