Keeping you and your business informed

The Business Sustainability & Recovery Series is here to help St. Louis professionals and business owners through this unprecedented time. These weekly webinars will connect you to regional and national business leaders, industry experts, and government officials as we navigate various topics around business sustainability and recovery.

Every Tuesday, we will present briefing videos from local government officials and industry leaders on the pandemic response and available resources. Every Thursday, we will host one-hour webinars with best practices and resources on specific operational topics.


Past Webinars

March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Legislative Update, SBA Loans, and Small Business Support

This webinar featured an update on local, state, and federal legislation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other important information regarding SBA economic disaster loans for St. Louis regional small businesses. View the webinar.

March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Briefing With Regional Leaders

A briefing with Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page as they discuss their respective government's response to COVID-19. View the webinar.

April 2, 2020: Working From Home - You're Not Home Alone

Spry Digital CEO Sheila Burkett and STL Communications President & CEO Steve Leidholt will share their ideas on how to navigate technology while working from home along with tips on managing a remote workforce using some common tools. View the webinar.

April 7, 2020: COVID-19 Briefing on The CARES Act

Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Rodney Davis, and Justin Lumadue with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discuss the impact of the historic the CARES Act legislation and what to expect from Congress in the future. View the webinar.

April 9, 2020: Crisis Communication Planning: How To Engage With Your Customers

Our speakers talked through strategies on how companies can retain and strengthen their brand throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Speakers: Susan Conrad, Partner, Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute; Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis; Josh Kell, Vice President, Director of Digital and Brand Marketing, Switch; Rebecca Rausch, Senior Vice President and Partner, FleishmanHillard. View the webinar.

April 14, 2020: COVID-19 Briefing on The Economy & Financial Services

We discussed the current state of the economy, our country’s historic unemployment, and what their respective bodies are doing to help our national and local economies. Speakers: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Congresswoman Ann Wagner. View the webinar.

April 16, 2020: Responding to Supply Chain Concerns for COVID-19

This webinar will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the supply chain industries. Presenters will describe how to mitigate the economic impacts of these disruptions and provide commentary on current supply chain disruptions. Speakers: Kaylea Gagliardi, Senior Account Executive and Supply Chain Consultant, UPS; Cindy Mebruer, Director, Center for Supply Chain Excellence, Saint Louis University; Ron Tindall, President, Terminal Railroad Association; Brian Wenck, CEO, Flat World Holdings. View the webinar.

April 21, 2020: COVID-19's Impacts on Health and Sports in the St. Louis Region

Former St. Louis BattleHawks President Kurt Hunzeker and St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito will discuss the regional sports landscape. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Administrator Dr. Catherine Satterwhite will discuss the health impacts of COVID-19 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services response to the pandemic. View the webinar.

April 23, 2020: COVID-19 Employment Considerations

A group of regional experts discusses how they're navigating the myriad unique issues presented by the developing worldwide pandemic and offer advice on how other business leaders can protect their companies and employees. Speakers: Tony Fuhrmann, Director, Madison County Employment and Training;  Charlotte Hammond, President & CEO, Challenge Unlimited; Lauren Herring, CEO, Impact Group; Jim Maxwell, Managing Partner, Westport One. View the webinar.

April 28, 2020: COVID-19 Briefing: Transportation

Transportation is an important asset to our region; during a time of crisis, it is essential. Jessica Mefford-Miller, executive director of Metro Transit, will discuss how their organization's services are adapting during the pandemic. Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, will provide an update on the airport and the actions they are taking to endure this economic and health crisis. View the webinar.

April 30, 2020: Entrepreneurship in a Post-COVID World

The COVID pandemic has already dramatically changed the entrepreneurship landscape. With all the rapid changes, it is important that our region unites for the more vulnerable community of entrepreneurs and startups. Considering the unprecedented challenges and circumstances our entrepreneurs and startups are facing every day, their concerns for survival and persevering through these tough times is only increasing.  Speakers: Mary Louise Helbig, Executive Director, ITEN; Dan Lauer, Founding Executive Director, UMSL Accelerate; Alfred Jackson, Entrepreneur Support Manager, Arch Grants. View the webinar.

May 5, 2020 :COVID-19 Briefing: Missouri's Major Metro Cities

St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Tom Chulick, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Joe Reardon will share ideas and ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts between Missouri’s Metropolitan regions. View the webinar

May 7, 2020: There's No More Stimulus Funding, Now What?

Was your small business unable to secure emergency federal funding? BioSTL and the St. Louis Regional Chamber are hosting a free webinar, during which a panel of experts will offer advice on how to seek other opportunities, how to pivot business strategies, and how to navigate work in a post-COVID-19 world. View the webinar. 

Panel co-moderated by Lakesha Mathis, Director, Inclusive Business Solutions, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Director, STEM Entrepreneurial Inclusion Initiative, BioSTL.

Speakers: Erica Henderson, Executive Director, St. Louis Promise Zone and Vice President, Community Investment & Real Estate, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Christy Maxfield, President & CEO, Purpose First Advisors; Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano, Business Counselor, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Owner, Don Emiliano's Restaurante Mexicano; Kevin Wilson, Executive Director, Small Business Empowerment Center.

May 12th, 2020:COVID-19 Briefing : Economic Impact on the Hospitality Industry

An update on the economic impact of the hospitality industry. 


  • Rob Dixon, Director for Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Michael Negron, Assistant Director for Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Bob O’Loughlin, CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management

View the webinar.

May 19th, 2020:COVID-19 Briefing : Regional Leadership Update


  • Steve Ehlmann-St. Charles County Executive
  • Lyda Krewson-St. Louis City Mayor
  • Dr. Sam Page-St. Louis County Executive

View the webinar. 

May 21, 2020:The Intersection of Healthcare & Technology

While technology advancements are changing every industry, the field of healthcare is experiencing rapid developments. The good news is that technological growth offers excellent benefits to patients, increases efficiency and helps health care professionals with their difficult jobs. Tune in to hear from our expert panelists, as to how their technological changes are revolutionizing the health care system.


  • Dr. Alan Freeman, President & CEO Affinia Healthcare
  • Guy Friedman, Co-Founder & CEO SteadyMD
  • Patti Fischer, President & CEO HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital
  • Blake Marggraff, CEO CareSignal

View the webinar. 

May 28, 2020 : Managing Mental Health and Stress: It is about the People!

COVID-19 has had a sudden and dramatic impact on our collective mental health. Feelings of isolation, employment concerns, parenting and family concerns, financial stress, and health-related anxieties are manifesting globally.To better understand how employers should think about these changes, it is important to explore health and mental health during this pandemic.  This webinar will offer key considerations for employers as they plan for the long-range impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Moderator:  Valerie E. Patton, Senior Vice President, Workforce Development and Inclusion and Executive Director, St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative

Co-Moderator: Rosalind Reese, Program Director, St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program


  • Angela Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC)
  • Dr. Sheretta Butler-Barnes, Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work
  • Dr. Alexander Garza, Incident Commander, St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force and Chief Medical Officer, SSM Health
  • Dr. Laurie Punch, Associate Professor, Director of Medical Student Community Engagement Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and President, Power4STL

June 2, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing: Illinois Legislative Recap

Illinois Legislative Recap 

  • State Representative Jay Hoffman
  • State Senator Christopher Belt
  • State Representative Latoya Greenwood

View the webinar. 

June 11, 2020 :Reopening as a Region

Decisions about how and when to reopen a workplace are tough choices to make. Many regional organizations are looking to benchmark their own plans with other companies in the region. Join our panelists from various sectors of business for “Reopening as a Region” to learn more about their plans for reopening, business travel, event planning, and other risk mitigation.


  • Amanda Gonzales, St. Louis Community Manager; WeWork
  • Dr. Douglas Pogue, President; BJC Medical Group
  • Len Toenjes, President, AGC of Missouri.
  • Eric Schreimann, CEO; Club Fitness

View the webinar. 

June 16, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing : Bi-State Business Update

Update from the Illinois and Missouri Chamber of Commerce on regional business. 


  • President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber, Todd Maisch
  • President of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dan Mehan

View the webinar. 

June 18, 2020 : How Non-Profits are Adapting to Change

Nonprofits are facing a challenge they have never seen before — a worldwide pandemic. Suddenly, with a world in crisis, nonprofit organizations of every type of mission find themselves in a precarious situation. As jobs are lost, the need for services increases across all factions of society, but donations and other sources of income are deeply compromised. Tune in on Thursday June 18th to learn how our regional nonprofits are pivoting to continue to provide their critical services.


  • Cheryl Jones, President; Girls Inc
  • Rose Hanley, CEO & Cofounder; The Little Bit Foundation
  • Commander Dan Jennings, Divisional Commander, Salvation Army
  • Tiana Berry-Jones, Vice President of Marketing and Design, LaunchCode

View the webinar.