As cities and counties in the Kansas City region reopen, here are 5 tips to help your business strategize for the next step forward.
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1. Connect with help 🖇️

You have a network of experts who are ready to help you navigate this challenging time. Many of them are right here in the KCSourceLink network of 240+ nonprofit Resource Partners, and many offer services at no cost.

☎️ Give us a call at 816-235-6500, and we'll help you develop your Personal Action Plan. Or set up a virtual appointment with one of our Network Navigators.

📺 Plus, check the KCSourceLink Facebook page for a new video series called "The Navigator Is In," where our Network Navigators will discuss the biggest issues facing small businesses. Watch the most recent episode about reopening and insurance and tune in this week and learn what you'll need to start a business.

2. Reopen with a plan 📔

Many city and county governments in the Kansas City region have outlined important info for your business about reopening. **Check with the local government in your area for specific dates and guidelines, as they vary.

Not sure where to start? Check out the guides, tips and templates we've collected on our business resources site (scroll down to the Reopen, Return, Recovery section).

3. Keep bringing in business 🛍️

Now, more than ever, it's important to communicate with your customers. (Scroll down to the Doing Business Online section on this page for some tips, useful templates and other shareables.)

Your challenge this week: Send an email or social media post to your clients, fans and followers, and let them know your business’s plan for reopening.

4. Limit expenses ✂️

Now is the time to save cash. That means cutting all non-essential expenses and limiting inventory purchases. Check out these quick cash-flow tips, and explore more good stuff on the finances and funding page.

5. Look beyond PPP and EIDL loans 👀

Yes, you've probably heard a lot about these two major loan programs, but if you didn't qualify, know there are other options, like SBA Express Bridge Loans, the Main Street Lending Program and new grants from Salesforce and Spanx.

We keep a running list of grant and loan opportunities here. Plus, you can reach out to us if you're curious about your financing and funding options. And check your local government sites because some offer special support for small businesses, depending on your location.
We're always here to help. Tell us what you need.

Upcoming (virtual) events you'll ❤️

Tues., May 12, 9 - 10 a.m.
If you want to start a business, learn about the key tools and skills you’ll need to succeed from the experts at the Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC in NEW Venture Nuggets, a no-cost five-session course that meets weekly on Monday mornings.
Tues. May 12, 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Join the Missouri SBDC for Better Together Tuesdays, a fast-paced 30-minute weekly webinar where experts answer the most pressing questions that small businesses are facing right now. This week, they’ll explore SBA loan forgiveness.

Wed., May 13, 6 - 7 p.m.
Learn how to make your customers feel like you “get them” so their online experience on your site gets you the sales you need. Learn how to Increase Sales with WooCommerce for WordPress with Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library.

Tues., May 19, 1 - 4 p.m.

Running your own business as a solopreneur or freelancer can be intimidating so learn some ways to stay motivated, pricing strategies, promotional tricks and more at Solopreneurship 101 with SCORE - Kansas City and The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City.

Wed., May 20, 10 - 11 a.m.

As traditional event fundraising and face-to-face meetings with donors are on pause, learn from an expert about how to take your efforts online at Making the Most of Your Virtual Fundraising with Nonprofit Connect.

Fri., May 29, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Register and network (virtually) with leaders and fellow businesses in the Northland at 5th Friday Coffee with the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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