Small businesses struggling with revenue loss during the coronavirus pandemic can apply for federal emergency small business loans. The Marshall County Emergency Management office has designated Marshall County Partnership for Growth as contact point to direct business owners to applications for the loans made available last week by the federal government.

For information, the website is choosemarshallcountyks.com. Partnership for Growth’s economic development director Ellen Barber is terming the organization’s efforts “Don’t Lose One Marshall County Business.”

“During the coronavirus outbreak, we will provide key economic stimulus information and community information to keep our county strong,” Barber said. “For zero percent loans and 3.75 percent Small Business Administration loans and key business information, see our website.”

Barber is available for questions by phone at 785-207-7598 or email choosemarshallcountyks@gmail.com.

The site also has a link to the Department of Labor’s Shared Work program, family and medical leave information and other vital business information related to the pandemic.

“Things change quickly, and lots of positive things are in the pipeline,” Barber said. “I’ll include some of the things that are common knowledge and some that people may have missed, too.”

The Boss Nationals event featuring classic Ford Mustangs scheduled for Aug. 28 to 30 in Marysville has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The downtown event was expected to draw people from across the country and abroad.

Michelle Whitesell, Marysville tourism director, said it was a tough call for the event’s board.

“It was very disappointing to hear the Boss Nationals event would be canceled. I had been working closely with the two organizers, Finley Ledbetter and Rick Ybarra, on plans for this year’s event.”

Because they were receiving questions from potential participants, they decided it was best to cancel rather than have a sub-par event, Whitesell said. She hopes a future event will be possible.

Looking for a beneficial way to help locally owned businesses? Gift certificates are available from participating small businesses affected by the pandemic. Local realtors Aaron, Vallery and Steve Prell have offered to help area restaurants this week through a trivia contest.

Each day of this week, a trivia question on two restaurants is posted on Vallery Prell’s Facebook page. Those who answer correctly or share the post will be entered to win one of ten $30 gift certificates.

“We want to give back to the community and help out the restaurants,” Vallery said.

“We want to make sure the restaurants have business throughout this time.”

She said their son, Aaron, came up with the idea. The family purchased the ten $30 gift certificates for the contest. Winners will be announced Friday.

Trivia questions on Monday were about El Ranchero and the eMpTy Cup. Tuesday’s restaurants were Wagon Wheel Cafe and Sandy’s Pantry, and others will be announced.

Most restaurants are doing carry-out or delivery.

“Together is Better” is another new business-boosting project sponsored by Idntiteez, Marysville. The purpose is to give small businesses an opportunity to make a little money during the pandemic, said Sonja Stoll, IdniTeez employee.

IdniTeez is offering shirts with names of local businesses and nonprofits on them. Cost is $20 a shirt, of which $10 goes to the business or organization and $10 goes to Idntiteez.

Staff contacted area businesses and nonprofits about the project, and 32 businesses, organizations and churches from Marysville, Axtell, Frankfort and Waterville are participating. Three generic shirts are also available.

“When purchasing the shirt and before they check out, customers can indicate where they want the $10 to go,” Stoll said.

Megan Urban, owner, designed the shirts. On the back is the logo “Together is Better,” and on the front is a design selected by the business or organization

They accept orders online and by phone at 785-562-2300.

“We are trying to grow it statewide to help support businesses and to keep our employees working,” she said.

The T-shirt orders may be mailed or picked up curbside. The door is not open to the public.

Families First of Marshall County sponsored a popcorn night Saturday at the Astro 3 Theatre.

Families First bought 60 bags of movie popcorn and gave it away at a drive-thru by the back door. Customers bought another 25 bags. The candy counter was also set up for people to purchase candy.    

“It was wonderful to see everyone come by,” said Alex Shultz, co-owner of Astro 3. “We were making popcorn as fast as we could. There was a line of people in cars waiting for popcorn.”

Shultz said they sold 40 gift cards, lots of candy and 85 bags of popcorn. He may do something similar later this week.  Astro 3 is closed but gift cards may be purchased at Sandy’s Pantry counter in the Astro. Gift cards cost $20 for a $25 card. Sandy’s Pantry is open for carry-out, delivery and curbside service. No inside dining is allowed.

Families First of Marshall County will help businesses set up deals and offer a drive-thru for pick-up for area businesses. For information, businesses can call 785-268-1190 to schedule a week to be highlighted.

New hours of operation at Walmart are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to sanitize the store. Walmart is offering special shopping hours starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays for older customers through April 28. This will start one hour before the store opens. The pharmacy will also be open during that time.

The Wagon Wheel Cafe’s new hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Carryout, curbside service and free delivery are available.

Kramer Oil has closed public entry to their office. The office will continue to be staffed as normal, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but only for calls and deliveries. Delivery drivers will operate as normal with increased cleaning measures for trucks. People can order fuel, oil or propane by calling or texting 785-562-2466. People can pay bills by mail or dropbox on the white shed east of CJ Express East, or at drop boxes located at cardlocks in Beattie and Herkimer. People can call the office to schedule a time to pick up oil and filters or have propane tanks filled.

Fashion Direct is not accepting dry cleaning during this time, otherwise, it’s business as usual.

Marysville Livestock will continue to have its weekly cattle sale on Thursdays. People can contact the company’s fieldmen to consign cattle. The sale barn is implementing a few new rules. No children are allowed, and only buyers will be allowed in the stands. People can bid from home through lmaauctions.com if they register and get a bidder number before the sale. The cafe will remain closed.

Blue Valley Insurance Agencies is closed to walk-ins. Payments may be mailed in.

Alliance Insurance is closed to walk-ins. The office will be open normal business hours. People can call 785-562-2393. A dropbox on the office front door will be checked daily.

The Look Hair Salon is closed until April 2. Owner Kelli Kokoruda plans to resume business then, if possible. People can reach her at 785-562-6981.

Jami’s Place, Marysville, a hair and nail salon owned by Jami Rose, is closed until further notice.

Salon M, Marysville, is closed until further notice. Stylists will contact people who already have appointments. No rescheduling will be done until Salon M receives notice from authorities that services can be safely provided. Sara Naaf’s nail salon business, in the Salon M building, is also closed until further notice.

Pony Express Veterinary Clinic is limiting small-animal services. The clinic is available for emergencies, sick animals, overdue rabies vaccinations and young puppy and kitten vaccinations.

KanEquip is ramping up additional cleaning and disinfecting all work stations. For any symptomatic individual they are taking additional measures, including sending employees home, practicing social distancing, shipping parts to customers, and using phone and web services.

LandMark Implement, west of Marysville, closed all entries except the main front door  and must adhere to the 10-person limit in the showroom. Customers needing to visit the service department should enter through the main door and check in at the service office. Entrance to the shop area is only by approval. Customers should practice social distancing and call ahead for parts orders. Curbside delivery of parts is available.

Garden of Eden is taking orders only over the phone. They will process the transaction when the order is placed, do curbside service and delivery.

Pony Express Tanning & Trading Company closed at noon Friday. They will re-evaluate the situation on April 6.  

Marysville Country Club restaurant will offer to-go orders and curbside service only. When customers arrive, they can pick up food inside. The dining room is closed and the March Sunday buffet is canceled.

Latta Plumbing, Marysville, is closed to the public. They will take emergency calls only. Customers can call Rodney Latta, 785-562-8077.

The visitor center, 101 N. 10th, is closed indefinitely. Bob Huff, executive director, will be in the office to answer the phone, to send emails and to conduct Chamber & Main Street business.

Temps Disposal Service, Marysville, will continue household trash pick-up. The office will be closed to the public. A dropbox is available for payments. Cathy McMahon, office manager, will be in the office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to take calls.

Las Cabanas is open for carry-out meals only.