Stimulus bill offers help for small businesses, ag community impacted by COVID-19

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) While a stimulus bill working its way through Congress prioritizes relief for American workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. also want to help out small businesses, farmers and ranchers that are impacted.

Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran's office to find out what you can do to get help for your business.

Moran and the local Small Business Administration (SBA) offer detailed information about the CARES ACT , expanding the 7-A Loan Program through the SBA and other features meant to provide a boost to struggling small businesses.

If the stimulus bill becomes law, that program will help any for-profit or nonprofit business, whether or not they are closed due to COVID-19 or are still operating.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center is scheduled to host a webinar this coming Monday at 10 a.m. to provide small business owners with more guidance.

You can register for the webinar here.

Friday, we spoke with Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) about what people in the agriculture community can do right now to take care of federal aid.

The first thing you can do is get in touch with your local farm service agency, your FSA officer. FSA offices are open by phone appointment only and they'll use email and online tools when they can.

Similar to other small business owners, if you're a farmer or rancher, it's important for you to familiarize yourself with your local small business administration (SBA). Those SBA loans will factor into determining on what a lot of ag producers can get relief.

The USDA announced its own resource page dedicated to all things coronavirus. You can find that page here: https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus usda.gov/coronavirus

You can find more information from the FSA on the stimulus for farmers and ranchers, including deadlines here: fsa.usda.gov.