The St. Louis region has a supportive business community that embraces innovation, for the common good and provide relief to those who need it. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are all facing extraordinary challenges. But that is exactly why we need to be talking more about what businesses of all sizes are doing to step up during this time of intense uncertainty. We are all in this together, and we will rise up together as well.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber recognizes the camaraderie and true teamwork that has been achieved by many St. Louis companies throughout this time of intense uncertainty. St. Louisans are fighters, and we will come through this stronger than ever. If you have news you want to add to this list, please contact Tabitha Sarris at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
Here is an ongoing list of what Regional Chamber members are doing to respond to the pandemic and its economic impacts:
Supporting St. Louisans struggling during the pandemic:
Ameren Missouri has established the Coronavirus Income Relief Program that will offer $500,000 in energy assistance to customers that qualify.
AT&T Missouri is offering waiver requests to temporarily eliminate late payment fees and data overage charges. The company has committed to donating $5.5 million, which will feed first responders and medical personnel across the country.
Enterprise Holdings reduced its minimum age rental requirement and waived their young renter fee to help University students travel home.
Express Scripts is working with SilverCloud Health to provide their mental health platform to clients and members at no cost.
Missouri American Water has suspended billing-related service shutoffs and will be turning water back on for previous shutoffs due to non-payment, as well as waiving late fees.
Missouri Foundation for Health has committed $15 million Missouri to combat the COVID-19 pandemic statewide, along with $7 million to federally qualified health and community centers.
Purina has identified resources for pet owners on how to keep pets healthy and happy during quarantine.
Spire has temporarily suspended disconnects and late fees for current customers and has offered assistance to customers that may qualify.
St. Louis Community College has compiled a numerous amount of resources and is providing consistent outreach to students throughout remote work conditions.
Getting frontline heroes the supplies they need:
Anheuser-Busch, InBev is altering production facilities and reshaping supply chain to manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer.
Boeing has offered their Dreamlifter to the U.S. Government to help deliver supplies, donated equipment, masks and gloves to hospitals and will begin utilizing 3D printing capabilities at their St. Louis location to manufacture face shields.
Caleres has transitioned operations in some warehouse facilities to manufacture masks for delivery to healthcare workers and have also donated insoles to hospital workers in selected states throughout the country.
Emerson will be ramping up production in their life sciences laboratories to produce an elevated number of ventilators, hospital beds, face masks and testing equipment to combat the coronavirus.
Saint Louis University is offering dorm space and apartment living to SSM Health, along with SLUCare staff and providers that do not feel comfortable going home.
Thompson Coburn defines useful support efforts from the firm, as well as key resources for businesses responding to COVID-19.
TD Ameritrade has developed a resource page to help customers answer questions more quickly and continue to provide market updates through their network and Ticker Tape Site.
Supporting other businesses through tough times:
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has compiled a website outlining professional resources to help clients and individuals maneuver the current landscape and assist in overcoming obstacles presented by COVID-19.
Commerce Bank is providing financial relief in several capacities to current customers that qualify, as well as assistance in helping small business customers maneuver alternative relief options.
Evans & Dixon launched a firm-wide employee fundraising campaign. From April 15 through May 15, employees who donate to a local charity or business will have their donation matched by the firm up to $100.
Maritz has outlined several resources for managing teams remotely, education resources for parents working at home and has identified companies that have prioritized employee experience amidst the pandemic.
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has created a Small Business Resource Fund in partnership with several financial institutions to offer loans to businesses that have sustained economic impact due to the Coronavirus.
US Bank outlines products and services to help personal banking customers and small businesses understand relief packages and options identified through COVID 19 legislation.
Wells Fargo is expanding their participation in the federal Paycheck Protection Program by offering loans to an expansive amount of small businesses and non-profit customers that qualify. The company is also donating $6.25 million to assist in combatting the COVID-19 response efforts throughout the nation.
World Wide Technology has provided various tools and resources to help businesses navigate remote working, along with the utilization of an enhanced digital workspace.
Innovating and collaborating to fight COVID-19:
Ascension has provided a COVID-19 assessment, as well as compiling a list of health resources to aid in combatting the virus.
Centene will waive costs of COVID-19 related costs for screening, testing, and treatment for all Medicare, Medicaid and marketplace members, along with specified telehealth services. The company has created a comprehensive financial aid package facilitating the logistics of personal protective equipment, as well as arranging support for Safety Net providers.
Mallinckrodt is exploring inhaled nitric oxide as an ancillary component for treating COVID-19 patients experiencing pulmonary complications. The company is also manufacturing hand sanitizer for area first responders.
Washington University School of Medicine has begun clinical trials for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, testing the effectiveness of distinct pharmaceutical drugs connected to overcoming the illness.
Finally, we want to recognize the selfless, heroic and dedicated front-line workers that continue to put their own lives at risk to save others. Member healthcare groups like Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM Health, Mercy, St. Luke’s and St. Anthony’s have role-modeled compassion, integrity and commitment to St. Louis regional residents. We genuinely applaud our health providers for their prodigious work as they continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Through action and execution, the St. Louis Regional Chamber members and the rest of the business community continues to go above and beyond to do what is best for the region. As we continue to rise to the challenge, we are reminded that there is no better time than now to be proud of being #STLMade4Good.