Christian County COVID-19 Business Support & Resources

We understand this is a difficult time for our community, especially our business owners. That's why we have compiled a one-stop-shop of resources to assist our businesses in navigating through this uncertain situation. We will continue to update this page to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Ready to get to work?

Show Me Christian County has launched a countywide job board to do our part in helping our community get back to work. If you have a job to post, or you are looking for your next position, check out the new Christian County Works Job Board!

Resources for Businesses

Christian County CARES Act Funding Application

The Christian County Commission, at the recommendation of the Christian County CARES Act Fund Committee, has released an application for small businesses to request funds for reimbursements of expenses incurred through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Missouri Department of Labor

Due to the large volume of phone calls the Missouri Department of Labor is receiving, officials have requested employees file for unemployment using the Department's online portal.

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Stay up to date on the development of the COVID-19 cases in the state and receive announcements as they happen.

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Testing Resources for Businesses

Testing is a vital component to gauging the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Missouri Department of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for employers who are looking to implement testing among their workforce.

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Adapting Operations to Survive COVID-19 Webinar

On May 28, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar to highlight three of Christian County's largest employers and how they have adapted operations to survive the crisis. Guests included:

  • Andy Mills, Lambert's Cafe
  • Becky Thomas, Third Street Sportswear
  • Kenny Magers and Pam Harwell, Diversified Plastics

Upskilling in a Post-COVID-19 World Webinar

On May 22, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a panel of experts from Ozarks Technical Community College, who discussed resources for individuals seeking to gain new skills in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The panelists included:

  • Dr. Jeff Jochems, Richwood Valley President
  • Dr. Tracy McGrady, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Matthew Hudson, Executive Dean - Career, Technical, and Community Development

Reopening Data Insights Webinar

On May 14, 2020, Show Me Christian County President & CEO, Andrea Sitzes, led a webinar on a wide array of data, from consumer spending to unemployment trends, in order to give a clearer picture of how we are performing compared to other states and counties as we begin to reopen businesses.

Reopening Missouri Webinar with State Officials

On May 7, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted three state officials on a webinar focused on the efforts to reopen the state in the wake of COVID-19. Kyle Aubuchon, a top advisor to Governor Parson, Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, and Lynn Morris, State Representative for District 140, gave an update from each of their respective entities and answered questions from participants.

COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Webinar

On April 30th, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar focused on answering questions from employers on unemployment insurance through the COVID-19 pandemic. Dee Rose, Strategic Communications Director for the Missouri Department of Labor, provided timely updates and information for employers and answered important questions to assist Christian County businesses through this time.

The Great Reset Webinar

On April 23, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar to highlight the current economic status through COVID-19. In this webinar, David Mitchell, Professor of Economics, Bureau of Economic Research Director, and Center for Economic Education Director for Missouri State University, gives a snapshot of our region's economic status and demonstrates the difference between the COVID-19 economy and the Great Recession and Great Depression.

Burrell Behavioral Health Webinar

On April 14th, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar with special guest C.J. Davis of Burrell Behavioral Health. Dr. Davis discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is making an impact on mental health and how employers can help their employees cope through the uncertain times. You can view Dr. Davis' slides here.

Paycheck Protection Program Webinar

On April 9th, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar to provide information on the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides incentives for employers to keep employees on the payroll through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel of banking professionals included:

  • Chris Thomas, Ozark Bank
  • Jeff Jones, Central Bank of the Ozarks
  • Jessie Hughey, Bank of Missouri

CARES Act Webinar

On April 7th, 2020, Show Me Christian County hosted a webinar to discuss the ins and outs of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress. The entire Southwest Missouri federal delegation was represented on the panel, which included:

  • Joelle Cannon, Senator Roy Blunt's Office
  • Clayton Campbell, Senator Josh Hawley's Office
  • Mike Ussery, Congressman Billy Long's Office
Who's Open

Christian County, MO: Who's Open Facebook Group

We want to support our local business community as best we can, especially now that so many of us are working from home here in the County! Please use this group to discuss who is open in Christian County, special hours/operations for stores and restaurants, and what you are doing to stay healthy and safe through COVID-19!

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Who's Open

If you need assistance with any of these resources, please contact Show Me Christian County Staff at (417) 212-0699 or We are here, fighting on the front lines for our business community and we are ready to help in whatever capacity we are able.

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Committed To Christian County

At SMCC, we are much more than a resource for businesses; rather, we are a partnership, dedicated to the continued and lasting development of our beautiful, innovative, and expanding county.

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