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April 28, 2020 5:07pm

Developing Re-Opening Best Practices, Purchasing PPE and Other Updates

Dear Friends,

There has been much discussion nationally and regionally about what a re-opening of the economy will look like. Businesses everywhere are reviewing protocols and best practices for how they can safely resume operations. Federal and state governments are setting guidelines, and some communities have already initiated strategies to re-open their businesses.

In a series of focus groups held yesterday, GLI listened to the protocols and best practices employers that remain open have put into place. In addition to providing face masks, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer, some employers are instituting temperature scans while others are increasing the frequency with which they clean common areas, removing unnecessary doors, and implementing strict social distancing recommendations.

Our goal is to collect this information and develop recommendations for Governor Andy Beshear and Governor Eric Holcomb as they issue the technical guidelines to re-start operations and ease the concerns that our business community has.  We know that businesses in our region are focused on resuming operations as quickly as possible while ensuring that we do so with the utmost safety. If you have thoughts or input you would like to include, please email Miriam Nally and we’ll do our best to incorporate your recommendations.

More Federal Assistance Available
In other news, last week more than $320 billion was appropriated for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). Of this, a minimum of $30 billion will be set aside for community development financial institutions, banks and credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets. At least another $30 billion will go to banks and credit unions with assets between $10 billion and $50 billion for PPP loan origination above these levels. This is an important step to continue to support the business community through this pandemic. On Friday, we will host an event with MCM CPAs & Advisors to break down the confusing aspects of the PPP application process. You can register for that event here or by clicking the link below.


  • Advocacy is an important part of COVID relief. Please take FOUR MINUTES to complete GLI’s Federal Policy Survey. Your responses to this survey will be critical to shaping GLI’s 2020-2021 federal policy priorities. The survey is intended for GLI investors only.
  • As we look to re-open the economy, we know more PPE will be needed. If your company is looking to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workforce visit our Crisis Support Hub for a list of companies producing and selling it. If you have difficulty acquiring PPE from this site, please contact Deana Epperly Karem.
  • In this time of crisis, tuition assistance matters. The Adult Education Attainment Steering Committee is working with employers to find innovative ways to support adult students who want to continue their education. The Steering Committee is encouraging employers who provide tuition assistance to still support students who get a Pass/Fail grade. Many times, the condition for tuition assistance is based on grades but many of our colleges have implemented a Pass/Fail format.  Please continue to support your student employees by accepting this format.


GLI COVID-19 Help: Caffeine & Quarantine: Chat with Your Chamber
Presented by Park Community Credit Union

Wednesday, April 29 ● 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grab a Coffee and join GLI staff, Park Community Credit Union and other investors for some (virtual) human connection! Get a brief update on GLI, see some familiar faces, and let us know what’s going on with you! If you’ve been missing your networking events, this is the next best thing!

Capitol Connection: Congressional Update with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Presented by Norton Healthcare
Thursday, April 30 ● 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join GLI and Norton Healthcare for a congressional update with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Leader McConnell has been instrumental in passing key legislation during the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES Act, which has provided grants and loans for small businesses and employers. This MEMBERS ONLY event will feature Leader McConnell as he briefs GLI investors on the CARES Act and other important legislation and provide an update what to expect from Congress and Washington in the days ahead.

GLI COVID-19 Help: PPP Funding Update with MCM CPAs & Advisors
Friday, May 1 ● 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Join GLI and Top Investor, MCM CPAs & Advisors for the latest update on the SBA’s recent announcement of additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. In addition to discussions relating to the application process, your questions on how to qualify for forgivable loan opportunities and suggested record keeping will be discussed.

GLI COVID-19 Help: Mental Health Resources
Wednesday, May 6 ● 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join GLI and Nancy Brooks, Executive Director, from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Louisville to discuss the important topic of mental health management during COVID-19. The presentation will cover the significant cost (both financially and health-wise) mental illness causes on both individuals and families and will focus on what employers can do to support their workforce during this time. With COVID-19 creating uncertainty and anxiety in even the healthiest of people, we will discuss “silent” signs of depression and anxiety and various resources to help workers navigate these challenges.

GLI COVID-19 Help: Caffeine & Quarantine: Chat with Your Chamber
Presented by Park Community Credit Union

Thursday, May 7 ● 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Grab a Coffee and join GLI staff, Park Community Credit Union and other investors for some (virtual) human connection! Get a brief update on GLI, see some familiar faces, and let us know what’s going on with you! If you’ve been missing your networking events, this is the next best thing!


GLI COVID-19 Help: PPP Loan Forgiveness – What You Need to Know with the SBA
Wednesday, April 29 ● 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is a forgivable loan but how do you make sure it’s forgiven? Join the SBA as we explore what we know about PPP loan forgiveness and what it takes to get your loan forgiven. While the SBA has issued broad guidance on forgiving loans the rules are constantly changing. We’ll be joined by experts from Dean Dorton CPAs & Advisors Erica Horn, CPA JD and John Wurtenberger. We’ll discuss tips and recommendations on to document allowable expenses, what are allowable expenses and any new program developments.

GLI COVID-19 Help: CEO Roundtable – Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus with the Oliver Group
Wednesday, April 29 ● 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Please join The Oliver Group and facilitator Tony Smith  for a CEO roundtable discussion exploring how leaders are handling the impact of the coronavirus on their teams, their strategy and their own leadership approach. Hear from other CEOs on best practices for remote working and adjusting to a high-safety culture.

Other Updates:

  • AT&T is extending a special wireless offer to those working on the front lines during the COVID pandemic. Qualifying doctors and nurses are eligible for up to three months free service with their FirstNet Mobile-Responder plan.
  • Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced a new process to help guide business reopening efforts in the Commonwealth. Under the “Healthy at Work” initiative, industry groups, trade associations, and individuals businesses “that are closed due to COVID-19” may submit reopening proposals and strategies, although businesses are not required to submit them.
  • The Louisville Future of Work initiative is launching a 30-day upskilling challenge to incentivize learning new skills in technology. As part of the upskilling challenge, they are raffling off one laptop per day for the next 30 days. To be entered in the raffle, participants must earn at least one badge or certification in a technology field through free programming provided by Microsoft, General Assembly, IBM, and others. Winners will be announced daily at 5pm on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more here.
  • Mayor Greg Fischer presents “Lift Up Louisville” a new city song that he commissioned through Lift Up Lou. The song is designed to keep residents’ spirits up during the fight against COVID-19 and maintain a sense of connectedness, even at a time of necessary social distancing. The song represents a collaborative effort by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, Jim James and Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, singer/songwriter Will Oldham, cellist/composer Ben Sollee, Scott Carney of Wax Fang, percussionist Dani Markham, hip hop star Jecorey Arthur, gospel singer Jason Clayborn, singer Carly Johnson and several others from Louisville’s diverse and celebrated music scene.
GLI is collecting the questions we’ve been asked about how COVID-19 impacts your business. To see those responses, click here. If you have a question that you would like answered, submit that below.
We will continue to work diligently to present the best, most informative information to you on a regular basis.

Stay safe & healthy,
Sarah Davasher-Wisdom