COVID-19 Resources

COVID-2019 Updates

As an association, we understand and are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will take the necessary steps to protect and educate our membership. The health, safety and security of our members is of the upmost importance. With that being said, SignConnexion 2020 is still set to take place July 29 - August 1, 2020 in Chattanooga, TN.

Please keep in mind this is a fluid situation and circumstances can change rapidly. The most up-to-date information is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

MSSA Member Business Status

We would like to offer you the opportunity to list your business' current operating status through this form and active spreadsheet during the COVID-19 crisis.To list your companies business status, please fill out the form below and hit submit. You will then be given a link to view the full list of MSSA Member's Status of Business. View the list of MSSA Member Status of Business responses here.

 

ISA RESOURCES

The International Sign Association has put together a Business Contunity Resource Center that can help guide you, your company and the industry in this challenging time.

  • ISA has provided this letter for sign companies to cut and paste the language onto their letterhead and send to their state/local officials (update address/salutation as needed) urging them to include sign and graphics companies as "essential businesses" or "critical infrastructure."
  • To better understand more about "Essential Business", click here.
  • Find resources that can help guide you and your company during this challenging time by visiting ISA's Business Continuity Resource Center.
  • Weekly Update Webinar Series: These webinars will feature ISA’s Lori Anderson and David Hickey providing a more personalized, in-depth overview of select issues most impacting your business and how ISA is responding. It’s also your time to get your questions answered during the interactive Q&A session. Register for these and other webinars at signs.org/webinars.

 

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CARES ACT

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. 

This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

 

Essential Employees Tools to Keep them Working

As more and more states and cities restrict activities to essential business operations only, sign, graphics and visual communications personnel are being stopped on the job or on their way to and from the job site. Providing an essential service to customers like health care facilities, grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations often is a legitimate essential business need.

To help provide legitimacy for employees on the job, ISA has developed sample templates that you can provide for staff deemed essential. They should keep these documents on them at all times when working and while commuting to and from work. One letter can be used to designate the specific employee as a representative of your company while the other is completed by your customer, designating your company. Be sure to keep a copy of both in your files, too.

ISA has compiled a list of state and local orders, which is being continually updated. Click here for the most recent version.

Action Item: Download and complete the sample templates for employees and the sample template for customers.

 

 

We Are HEre For You

In time of crisis, the Mid-South Sign Association has always banded together, showing up for one another in BIG ways. COVID-19 is no different. While we are all physically separated more than ever, MSSA wants to be a representative for a bonded front within our industry.

Whether it's assistance with HR help or best practices for working from home, let us know what you need and we will do our best to pool our resources! We are #MSSAStrong!

 

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