PEDCO COVID-19 Updates on Economic/Small Biz topics
Finding resources to help support your business during the current COVID-19 crisis can be challenging. The Ponca Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) can point Ponca small business owners to the appropriate small business service providers for assistance during this challenging time.
The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Iowa’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have resources available to small business owners to help cope with the COVID-19 crisis. If your business is in Nebraska or Iowa, please see the information below:
Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) Business Resiliency Resources
NBDC seeks to provide you the information you need right now to support you and your business. These Business Resiliency Resources have been reviewed by our consultants to assure that these resources may be helpful to you during this difficult time. Each resource includes a short description of each resource and how we believe it provides value to you. NBDC will continue to update this page regularly as new information becomes available. Experienced business consultants are ready to provide one-on-one, confidential consulting during this ever-evolving situation. We are available to assist you by email, phone, or videoconferencing.
To request services, please visit our staff directory to contact a consultant or call 402-554-NBDC (6232) and leave a message.
Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) COVID-19 Resources
SBDC counselors are your first stop for navigating through the COVID-19 crisis. SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done through zoom (skype or hangout) meetings or phone conference calls. We can help you through loan application process or other business issues that this crisis is causing including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR Issues and more.
For emergency questions email Lshimkat@iastate.edu
Update 03/16/2020 and DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
Effective Monday, March 16th, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has instituted a travel ban for all employees and tribal officials. In addition, all scheduled community events and trainings are canceled or postponed until May 1, at which time they will be evaluated for the safety of our tribal members.
Tribal Council would like to remind our entire tribal nation that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will put additional measures in place as necessary. Council also wants to reassure you that we are actively monitoring the latest developments and are working to mitigate any potential effects that could harm our tribal community, especially our elders and other vulnerable populations. To that end, the following travel ban is being issued until further notice.
Effective March 16th, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is issuing a tribal wide travel ban for all tribal employees and officials. This ban applies to all employees and entities under the Ponca Tribe as well as Tribal Council, boards, and committees.
This includes new travel as well as any currently booked out-of-state (and international) trips.
If you are currently on travel (out-of-state or international), you are to make the Emergency Response Team aware of your return in case additional safety measures are needed.
No outside meetings or rentals are to take place at the tribal offices.
All tribal events are being postponed during this time.
Travel between the tribal offices and within the tribal service areas should be limited, unless deemed essential.
These restrictions are in place regardless of funding source.
All directors and supervisors are instructed to consider valuable training alternatives such as video or teleconference in place of in-person training. Directors and supervisors should work with their employees in minimizing the financial burden to the Tribe by making all attempts to get travel and registration costs refunded or credited for future use.
Furthermore, only essential or mandatory out-of-state travel would be considered on a case-bycase basis by the Tribal Council.
On behalf of the Tribal Council, we appreciate your understanding and patience as we get through this together.
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has declared a State of Emergency in regards to COVID-19. Watch the announcement video here: https://youtu.be/WN1Af1JK9s4
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Aho, Ponka mohshay, Wohnghee thay,
As our people become more and more inundated with news and updates on the Covid19 virus, I’m sure many of you are concerned of the unknown and what’s next. As far as it relates to our tribal nation, Tribal Council and staff have been addressing this situation for some time. Our Health staff have been closely monitoring this issue for weeks. Our new health CEO, Dr. Matt Matusiak, has done an excellent job, along with our health administrative team, in working on processes to implement across the tribe for the continued health and safety of our employees and our tribal citizens. The health and wellness of our people is of utmost importance and priority.
Added to our concerns in this time of uncertainty is the fact that our tribal service delivery areas are spread out over 15 counties in 3 states. We have several unique areas spread across these areas. All need the unique attention they deserve. Our staff is working with all 3 state health organizations and all counties that our service delivery areas are in. We are in constant contact with IHS and we continue to monitor the CDC updates and recommendations for best practices on how we may best help ourselves. These notifications will continue to be shared via the tribe’s social media platforms to help provide you the most up to date information we can. Not forgotten are our tribal members nationwide. If there is information that is needed, or concerns that the tribe may be helpful in addressing, please do not hesitate in reaching out.
While we are doing everything we can to help at this time, your understanding is asked for in knowing that we just may not be able to prevent occurrences from happening. Again, we will remain committed to protecting our people the absolute best that we can.
In this time, I call on each of us to help each other. Check on those who are most at risk—our elders. Let’s help make sure they have what they need to prevent their exposure. Reach out to those who may be in need to see that they have what they need. If there is a physical need, please let our programs know so that we may try to help. Let’s remember the guidance and wisdom of our ancestors, their teachings on our medicines that helped us in times of struggle. The healing benefits and usage of cedar and sage among our people is well documented. As we pray for continued strength, courage and guidance–let’s smudge ourselves and each other.
My prayers to each of you, our tribal nation and all nations.
Larry Wright Jr.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
What to do if you are ill, or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19:
Call your healthcare provider BEFORE going in for an appointment.
Call the Ponca Health Services Public Health Nurse Line at 402-649-2568 or 402-738-3157 for screening and assistance.
Notify Ponca Health Services CEO Matt Matusiak at 402.405.3875 and your county health department.