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BUSINESS COMMUNITY – NEED TO KNOW INFO

To our business community-

We are experiencing an unprecedented health and economic crisis in our country.  We have aggressively communicated the urgency to pass legislation to come to the aid of business owners. At the very heart of our mission is to be a conduit between government and business to enable them to keep the lights on and retain as many of their employees as possible.

We have been working to advocate and compile as much factual information with links to share with our business community.  Below are the most up-to-date resources to help you navigate the current events in our state and in Washington.

A.    Unemployment benefits available to Mississippi workers affected by COVID-19 – Governor Reeves Executive Order #1462:

·      Executive Order 1462 may be found at:  https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/ExecutiveOrders/1462.pdf

·      Summary of Benefits: https://www.butlersnow.com/2020/03/mississippi-expands-unemployment-benefits-to-workers-affected-by-covid-19/

B.    Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) takes effect on April 1, 2020:

·      FFCRA is an Amendment to FMLA. This information is listed in the link below along with a link with an Employers Fact Sheet link from the Department of Labor website that was co-authored by the Treasury Department regarding COVID-19 leaves of absence.

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

·      Fact sheets for employers and employees as well as a Q&A:

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200324

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

C.    Small Business Administration:  online ishttps://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resourcesor you may fill out the attached docs and email them

If you are having trouble with online submission, attached are the forms you will need to submit for a disaster loan due to economic injury as a result of COVID-19. In addition to these forms, you will also need to submit the most recently filed tax returns for the business or a justification if not available. 

Sole Proprietors are required to complete the “Sole Proprietor Loan Application Form 5C”.  All others will complete the one titled “SBA Business Loan Application 2020” which is the Form 5.

·      You may return to our Processing and Disbursement Center by way of the following:

Email – disasterloans@sba.gov or ela.doc@sba,gov

Mail –  U.S. Small Business Application

      Attn: Loan Processing

                  14925 Kingsport Road

                  Ft. Worth, TX 76155

Fax –  202-481-1505

·      Please remember to include a copy of your most recently filed tax returns with your business application. The online system is busy, so if you decide to use online:  get everything ready.  Complete the paper documents, assemble everything and apply during off-peak hours, if necessary, which are 7:00 PM- 7:00 AM.

If you need further assistance or have additional questions, please contact our Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955or, for people with speech or hearing impairments, call 1-800-877-8339 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time) or email us at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

D.    Stimulus summary: $2 Trillion of Federal Relief Package Includes Aid for Businesses, Individuals

·      The third phase of federal relief for businesses, states, and individuals passed the U.S. Senate late Wednesday evening. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides $2 trillion of relief. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take action on the bill on Friday. Among the provisions in the bill are ·    $130 Billion for hospitals ·    $150 Billion for state & local governments ·    $500 Billion that can be used to back loans and assistance to companies ·    $350 Billion to aid small businesses ·    $600 per week add-on to state unemployment benefits ·    $1,200 for lower and middle-income adults and $500 per child. ·    $24 Billion for agriculture stabilization ·    Ban on stock buybacks to any company receiving government loans through the term of the loan plus one additional year ·    Payroll tax deferral of a share of 2020 payroll tax ·    $30 Billion for education funding  

Ø  Click here for a full summary of the bill: https://msmec.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Phase_3_Summary.pdf

·      The first phase of relief included $8.3 billion for boosting vaccine research and improving preparedness and prevention. It also provides seniors greater access to telehealth options.

·      The second bill temporarily requires paid sick and family medical leave, increases unemployment benefits, increases access to coronavirus testing, and provides funds for a variety of other financial support for programs expected to see increased demand due to the coronavirus.

Miss Olive Branch 2020 Application and Rules

2020 Miss Olive Branch City Scholarship Pageant:

Roaring into 2020

Sign up for Miss OB

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY

If you are participating in this year’s Miss Olive Branch Pageant, please fill out this form and we will contact you about what information we still need from you. Please read all rules below the application before submitting.

Entries are due by April 24, 2020. Application, bio, grades, wallet-sized photo, application fee, and Miss Photogenic photo/fee all need to be turned in by that date.

Note that you are not officially in the pageant until the entry fee has been paid. Once we receive your application, we will invoice you. Put your name where it says “Company Name” if you pay via Paypal by following the link at bottom of the emailed invoice you receive. You will not receive the invoice as soon as you submit your application. We have to manually invoice during working hours. For example, if you submit on the weekend you will not be invoiced until at least Monday. 

Miss OB Interest
First
Last
Are you participating in Miss Photogenic for an additional $25? *

On a separate sheet of paper, tell us about yourself:

(200 words or less/typed/attach to application)
School clubs, teams, awards, academic honors, hobbies, community service involvement, leadership roles, etc. Also include your plans after High School (college and/or major decisions).

Include your name and send your bio to info@olivebranchms.com. It can be plain text, Word document, or PDF. Please send your proof of GPA of 2.5 or above to this e-mail address also.


Agreements *
Rules and Agree *
Parents and Gaurdian *
Bio and Grades *

Download Application Form:


Miss OB 2020 Rules:

Entry Fee: $40.00
Miss Photogenic (optional) $ 25.00

  • 1. Contestant must be age 13 – senior in high school, single, born female, never married, and of good moral character.
  • 2. Contestant must reside in Olive Branch and have an Olive Branch address.
  • 3. Contestant must have proof of a GPA of 2.5 or above from the semester preceding the pageant.
    A copy of last semester report card or letter from Guidance Offices will suffice.
  • 4. Miss Olive Branch will serve as an Ambassador for the City and the Chamber at events.
  • 5. Contestants must attend at least 1/2 of all practices. NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
  • 6. Final rehearsal is MANDATORY for all contestants the Friday night before the pageant.
  • 7. No parents, friends, or personal coaches will be allowed to attend the judges’ tea or be backstage on pageant night. All practices are CLOSED.
  • 8. Contestants may be required to purchase items for the opening number.
  • 9. The contestant and her parents are required to sign and date, the Miss Olive Branch Official Rules Form, and the Application form, if not filled out online. These forms must be returned with the entry fee by the said deadline.
  • 10. Information on applications will be used on stage and a copy of the application will be given to each judge. Applications must be legible if not typed.
  • 11. Include a copy of a photograph (wallet sized) with your application.
  • 12. There will be three (3) special awards presented in addition to the Miss Olive Branch and Alternates.
    They are as follows:
    Miss Congeniality (voted by contestants)
    Miss Humanitarian (contestant with most ticket sales)
    Miss Photogenic (entry is optional)
  • 13. All photos for Miss Photogenic must be unframed and must be either 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 size.
    Photographs may be color or black and white. Deadline for photo entry is April 24th.
  • 14. Entry Deadline is 3:00 p.m. on April 24th, 2020. Applications can be submitted online or downloaded and returned to the Chamber office. Bios need to be emailed to info@olivebranchms.com. Completed forms, copy of photograph and required fee must be received by the Chamber entry deadline. (address below) (Chamber Hours are Mon – Fri, 9am – 3 pm)

  • 15. Checks must be made payable to Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce or paid online via Paypal.

  • 16. All fees are non-refundable, and all judges’ decisions are final.

Schedule:

Contestant practice:

Saturday April 25th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
& Tuesday, April 28th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
at Stars in Motion Dance Studio
3370 Goodman Rd – Southaven

Friday, May 1st from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
at the Olive Branch Middle School Auditorium

Tea & Judges Interview:

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 am
at the Wesson House

Pageant

May 2, 7:00 pm
at Olive Branch Middle School Auditorium

Scholarships Awarded:

Miss Olive Branch: $1500
1st Runner Up $500
2nd Runner up $400
3rd & 4TH Runners Up $300
All to Colleges of Choice From the CITY OF OLIVE BRANCH

Miss Olive Branch: 4 semesters of full tuition at NWCC
1st-4th Runners Up: 4 semesters of 1/2 tuition at NWCC

If pageant winners accumulate multiple scholarship awards from Northwest Mississippi Community College, the amount of the scholarship to be awarded can total no more than the cost of tuition for the years in which the student plans to attend Northwest. The scholarship award is for two years; however, the years must be consecutive. The scholarship award cannot be combined with any additional Federal, state, or institutional grants, scholarships, and/or awards that the student may receive so that the total amount does not exceed the cost of the tuition

Contact:

Pageant Director:
Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce
9123 Pigeon Roost Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654
662-895-2600
 info@olivebranchms.com

Miss Olive Branch 2019


We have loved having Miss Zoe Storck as our 2018 Miss Olive Branch. She has done a wonderful job as our City & Chamber Ambassador and we wish her the very best as she says goodbye to her duties as Miss Olive Branch.
And we welcome Miss Micah Barker as our 2019 Miss Olive Branch! Micah will serve the City of Olive Branch and the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce as our Ambassador at Ribbon Cuttings, Events, Luncheons, and we are excited to get to know her. Congratulation, Micah Barker, on being selected as Miss Olive Branch 2019. Our scholarship pageant was lovely and the contestants were all so qualified to be our Ambassador. Thanks to each one for their participation.

© 2018 Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Y'all Business

Y'all Business is a research website created by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office to help small businesses locate or expand in the State of Mississippi.  This site is part of the Secretary of State's continuing effort to promote jobs in the state.  The site provides a wealth of detailed information needed for businesses.

(from a recent article by Robert Lee Long, Community Editor for DeSoto Times Tribune)

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