The St. Louis Regional Chamber is always advocating for the region's businesses, and the coronavirus pandemic was no different. We worked to help navigate regulations, revenue decline, and workforce changes and more to maintain business operations.
The Regional Chamber’s leadership worked with public officials, hospital and healthcare executives, economic development organizations, and leading business recovery experts to ensure the region recovers effectively and safely.
314 Together is a movement of togetherness and support for local businesses and restaurants. Small businesses are hurting from events and public gatherings being canceled and people choosing to stay home, but there are creative ways we can support them and still bring in revenue for them. Share #314Together on social media and join the #314Together Facebook Group.
St. Louisans are bringing us together in spirit with small acts of kindness & generosity. From supporting small businesses to shopping for a neighbor, they are everywhere. Share them with #STLMade4Good on all social channels and join the #STLMade4Good Facebook Group.
The Neighborhood Solidarity Fund seeks to expedite the recovery period in these areas by bolstering the human, organizational and economic infrastructure at the neighborhood level and includes three separate opportunities: the Neighborhood Innovations in Connectivity grant, the Community Development Corporations (CDC) Stability grant and the Neighborhood Small Business Lift grant. Learn more about available grants and view the Neighborhood Solidarity Fund Focus Area map.
The Kindness Meals program is a collaborative initiative to provide meals and support for BJC, Cardinal Glennon, and Saint Louis University Hospital Emergency room front-line staff. This program not only provides meals to help fuel the hard work of our emergency staff, but it helps small restaurants in St. Louis stay in business during this uncertain time. Find out more and donate a meal here.
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The St. Louis Arts and Music was created to help artists in need in the St. Louis region. Those who qualify are any and all music and arts related industry members that need financial assistance in this trying time of need. The fund is based on donations which will go directly into the hands of those that we are helping to aid them with anything they may need it for. Rent, mortgage, groceries, utilities, etc.
The Regional Response Fund will be used to direct resources to regional nonprofits that are working with local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.
The Gateway Resilience Fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many local organizations have made the hard but responsible decision to cancel or postpone upcoming volunteer activities and fundraisers, leaving them understaffed and under-funded. STL Serves highlights regional organizations that continue to serve our neighbors in need — many of whom are especially vulnerable to the virus and/or could be severely affected by local business and public school closures.
Through 2-1-1 and the coordination with their member agencies, 100% of the dollars raised through United Way's COVID-19 Response will support organizations that are deploying and providing resources right now to those in our community impacted by this crisis.
Medical Masks and Gowns Needed in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry are urgently searching for companies that are either currently producing, or can begin producing in a short time frame, N95 medical masks and basic medical gowns (large and extra-large sizes).
- Which item can your produce? Mask? Gown? Both?
- When can you start production?
- Potential daily output?
- Do you already have the supply chain established for these products? If not, what would you need to acquire?
- Are there other production factors that need to be resolved before you could make these products? Can you provide a basic cost estimate? Utilize whatever per quantity or per unit pricing is most relevant for you.
- Are there other items that need to be addressed?
- Are you willing but need more information before responding?