Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM

Weekly email update from Great Bend Chamber

Posted Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM

Chamber Events

Thursday, March 26th

Facebook Live Chamber Coffee: Foundry Methodist Church, Tune in @ 9:30am

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and in alignment with local, state and federal recommendations the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce will be launching Facebook Live Only Chamber Coffees over the next 4-8 weeks in place of the normal in-person Chamber Coffee programs. 

Thursday morning at 9:30 am join us on the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and watch the week’s host business share all of the great things they’re continuing to do for this great community and the customers they serve. And just like our normal in-person Chamber Coffee attendees, those watching the Live Coffee will have a chance to ask questions of the host, listen to that week’s announcements and yes, win door prizes! How can you win?! Tune in to find out!

Restaurants - delivery methods; email us with updates

We are editing this page often. Help us with your updates on hours, take-out & delivery options. Email: [email protected], Information posted here.

Changes at the Chamber

In alignment with the City of Great Bend and Barton County, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23rd until conditions have improved. Operational functions will continue with emails and phones being answered as it is the chamber’s pledge to be of service and support to the entire business community. Learn more about what the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce is doing and resources available to members and non-members HERE.

Tips for Business Owners

Recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting small businesses around the globe. Businesses are trying to keep up to date with the latest news and restrictions, which means now more than ever, businesses must utilize communication tools to keep their customers aware of their day-to-day operations.The Great Bend Chamber encourages these tips to help guide businesses in communications to their customers.

Keep messages consistent across all platforms of communication with as many details as you can provide. A customer might not see it on your social media pages, but they will visit your website. Another customer might only follow you on Facebook, not Instagram.

  1. Update Website
  2. Email Customers
  3. Post to Social Media
  4. Update listing on Google
  5. Signs on physical location of business
  6. Details to consider providing:
  7. Hours of Operation
  8. Changes to regular operations that would affect the customer
  9. Product Availability
  10. Precautions you have/are taking in regards to the virus

While the current health crisis has temporarily changed the way we do business, our commitment to collaboration for the advancement of the Great Bend area remains strong.

Great Bend Virtual Farm, Ranch and Hemp Expo!

April 8-10, 2020

More Info on the Show!

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

IR-2020-57, March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

The Act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

Click Here for Full Article

SBA Disaster Loans Now Available

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced March 21, 2020 that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster declaration extends to all 105 Kansas counties, making low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital available for Kansas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

“The COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty around its spread has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on Kansas businesses,” Governor Kelly said. “I’m grateful for the combined efforts of businesses, the Department of Commerce and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to quickly pull together the data that made it possible for Kansas to receive this designation and begin getting support to the small Kansas businesses that need it during this emergency situation.”

Kansas small businesses can begin applying for disaster loan assistance through the SBA at SBA customer service representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

Click Here for Full Article

10th Street Eyecare Center, Closed until Further Notice

Committed to keeping their patients informed on their plans to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Starting Wednesday, March 25th and until further notice, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, they will be contacting patients to reschedule all non-emergency appointments. Offices will be closed to the general public to adhere to these recommendations, including optical departments. This decision was not made lightly, but takes into the consideration the safety and welfare of our patients, staff, doctors, and the community at large. 

They will continue to provide vision-saving treatment for our patients with urgent medical issues. Each office will be staffed with at least one doctor and a few support staff to handle emergency cases that may arise, including but not limited to:

  1. Sudden loss of vision or decrease in vision
  2. Flashes and/or floaters
  3. Red eye or painful eye
  4. Injury or trauma
  5. Broken or lost glasses without a back-up pair

Great Bend’s office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to deal with such emergencies. Russell’s office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no evening or weekend hours available until further notice. If you have any questions concerning medication refills or ordering contact lenses, we will have staff available over the phone. We can be reached at 620-792-2020 (Great Bend) or 785-483-2451 (Russell). Contact lenses can be mailed to patients that need them urgently.

Outside of these hours, they also have a strong partnership with a 24/7 answering service that can take evening and weekend messages and relay those to our medical staff as needed. Both optical departments will remain closed during this time, and any glasses ordered prior to March 24th will be available for pick-up once the office re-opens to the public.

These actions will also help preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies. As new information develops, they will continue to monitor the situation and will re-open to the public as soon as it is safe to do so.

GBCF Responds to Pandemic with Pledge to the Community

As they learn to adapt to the changes to everyday life caused by COVID-19, Golden Belt Community Foundation is committed to keeping our donors and non-profit partners informed of our efforts. The Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 19th and further committed to flexibility and understanding as we move forward amid this fast-changing environment.

The Golden Belt Community Foundation has implemented or taken the following actions:

1. Along with foundation leaders across the philanthropic sector, we have signed a Pledge to do our part to address and assist where appropriate and where possible with the relief and recovery from COVID-19 in our communities.

The full response posted at

Pledge to the Community

As leaders in philanthropy, we recognize the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19. We have joined other leaders in the philanthropic sector in signing this pledge.

Over the days, weeks, and months ahead, each of our foundations pledges to:

  1. Loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants. This can include: converting project-based grants to unrestricted support; accelerating payment schedules; and not holding grantees responsible if conferences, events, and other project deliverables must be postponed or canceled.
  2. Make new grants as unrestricted as possible, so nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis. We will also support organizations created and led by the communities most affected that we may not fund currently.

Read more: Click here

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Northview Nursery would like to know if you are planting this spring

Readying the Supply, for the Demand

Northview addresses the virus situation everyone is facing, and assures customers that Northview is and plans to stay open!

With closures in some areas being mandatory, garden centers have been deemed “essential business” because they provide food products in the form of garden vegetable and fruit needs. Their greenhouse provides “truly locally “ grown crops- not trucked in and called local.

Northview is pledging to take every precaution to keep their facility virus free and since most of the products are outdoors, they feel Northview can be an oasis to escape to.

However, if customers are not comfortable visiting, they will be offering free delivery to the Great Bend area on all vegetable / fruit gardening products. For senior citizen customers, they offer curb side service and/or delivery. They will begin Spring hours including Sundays, but will be limited depending on customer traffic flow and needs.

As plant lovers , they know all plant people are looking forward to all the beauty of rebirth the Spring will bring.

Questions please call 620-792-7041 172 N U.S. Hwy. 281, Great Bend, KS 67530. Find them online OR on Facebook as well.

Highlighted Community Events

Thursday, March 26th

Almost Home's Ask the Expert, 8:35 AM - 9:00 AM, KVGB 1590 AM or online - click here

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Latest Cancellations and Closings


Barton County buildings have been restricted to the public. Please call the county office you wish to transact business with for more information. You can also visit the website at: for more information and instruction on how to conduct business with the County at this time. We cannot stress enough the need to practice good hygiene and maintain social distancing by using the County’s online functions, emailing or calling ahead for assistance. County officials will continue to provide further information as it becomes available.

10th Street Eyecare Center-Lobby Closed to Public

1st Assembly of God

American Legion Post 180  

Animal Medical Center (Ellinwood)

Animal Medical Center-Curbside Care


Charlie’s Place 

Club 1 Fitness

Countryside Veterinary Associates-Curb Side Service

DREAM, Inc. Clients need to call 620-792-5152 to schedule telephone sessions if you have not done so. No groups will be held effective immediately

Ellinwood Rec Center

Fort Larned Museum (parks and grounds open)

Golden Belt Cinema 6

Great Bend City Buildings (Closed to Public): City Hall, Front Door, Police Department, Municipal Department, Fire Department, Codes & Inspections, Events Center, Brit Spaugh Zoo & Raptor Center, Department of Public Works' Building, Department of Public Land's Building, All City Parks, All other Buildings where Great Bend City operations are conducted

Great Bend Health Department- by Appointment only 

Great Bend Public Library

Great Bend Rec

Great Bend Senior Center

H & B Communication of Holyrood and Ellinwood- front office’s are closed/they are available by phone and payments can be made online

Hoisington Rec Center 

Hoisington Playgrounds

Hoisington Utility Building

Lone Wold Restaurant-Carry-Out and in town Delivery 

Nex-Tech-Closed to Walk-in Traffic

Russell Eyecare Center-Lobby Closed to Public

THE ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL-Lobby is Closed-Offering Car side Veterinary services. Please call in advance . They are also delivering animal medicine, food, and other supplies as needed. 

USD 428 Schools

Wheatland Cafe-Cafe and Catering Closed (Wheatland Wagon Is Coming To Great Bend)

Woelk's House of Diamonds, The Kitchen Vault and Espresso Etc. in downtown Russell



April 7th 

Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Student Seminar 

April 8th-10th

Great Bend Farm, Ranch, & Hemp Expo

Saturday, April 18th 

Kansas Oil and Gas Museum Foundation 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony

Pilot Club-Autism Work Shop 

Friday, April 24th 

Catholic Charities Roaring 20's Wine Tasting 

Need to report a cancellation?  Email [email protected], or call 620-792-3647.