NEW DOCTOR COMES TO FCHC

Family Center for Health Care at Citizens Health proudly announces the addition of Dr. Mallory Forsyth to their medical team. Mallory will provide full time services at the clinic including obstetrics.
Dr. Forsyth is a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School. She enjoys getting to know her patients and have a deep understanding of their history. She views the relationship between a doctor and a patient as a partnership where you work together to improve health.
Dr. Forsyth is a good listener and can be straight forward but meets patients at their comfort level. She is excited to practice in Colby as it allows her the ability to practice the full spectrum of medicine and take care of the whole family from newborns to grandparents. Dr. Forsyth enjoys a smaller town and is ready to be a part of the community. Some of her hobbies include traveling to state & national parks to hike.
She is a big fan of KU basketball, Royals, and the Chiefs. She also loves dogs including her Collie Mix named Remus.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Forsyth, please call Family Center for Health Care at (785) 462-6184.

Home visit program HOPES to keep families together

A nationally recognized home-visiting program, known as the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) approach, is being expanded across northwest Kansas as two local organizations come together to support families experiencing trauma and toxic stress.
“The ABC program offers a unique opportunity to position Kansas as a leader in child welfare, and LiveWell Northwest Kansas (LiveWell) is honored to be called upon to support vulnerable families of northwest Kansas,” said LiveWell Director, Travis Rickford. “We’ve partnered with Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) in Hays to ensure the program’s success throughout the entire region.”
The ABC approach is a home visiting, coach-led treatment which has been successful at holding families together and preventing children from entering the foster care system, explained Rickford. The evidence-based program benefits families who have experienced neglect, abuse, and domestic violence by providing parents and caregivers with skills to offer nurturing care and create bonds with children.
“LiveWell works to implement evidence-based interventions that improve overall health and well-being for northwest Kansas counties,” added Rickford. “As we explore opportunities to address toxic stress and trauma within families, we’ve discovered that ABC is a proven method to make families happier and healthier, which in turn improves our ability to thrive as a community.”
For more information, contact Rickford at (785) 460-8177 or travisr@nwksprevention.org. Learn more about the ABC program by visiting www.LiveWellNWK.org.

THOMAS COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUM

A Candidate Forum for Thomas County will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Colby Community College’s Frahm Theatre (1255 S. Range, Colby).
Invited candidates include 15th Judicial Magistrate Judge candidates Rick Ress and Nicky Throckmorton; District 2 Commissioner candidates Brian Luedke and Paul Steele; District 3 Candidates Dale Vap, Mike Baughn and Jenny Niblock; and County Attorney candidates Chris Rohr and Rachel Lamm.
All who attend the event are required to wear a mask.

SBA AND TREASURY ANNOUNCE NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THE PPP

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

• Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
• Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
• Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.

NEW WAY TO CONNECT SMALL BUSINESSES WITH LENDERS FOR PPP

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders. The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. Lender Match does not accept Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications.
“The SBA is focused on assisting eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities and connecting them with forgivable PPP loans, especially before the June 30, 2020, application deadline,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “As communities begin to carefully reopen across the country, there are still many more opportunities to provide this assistance to businesses who have yet to access these forgivable loans. SBA is utilizing these partnerships with CDFIs, MDIs, CDCs, Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders and many other participating small asset lenders to ensure that access to this emergency funding reaches the most small businesses and their employees in need – a key priority for President Trump.”
Within two business days after entering their information into the Lender Match platform, a borrower receives an email from lenders who have been matched with them. The borrower can see lenders’ requests for them to begin an application. Borrowers are then able to begin the application process directly from the email they receive.
Lender Match was on pause due to CARES Act implementation priorities and loan volume. It is now being reinstated for CDFIs and other Small Asset Lenders. Leads will only be forwarded to CDFIs and Lenders with < $10b in assets until the PPP program ends on June 30, 2020, at which time Lender Match will be open to all participating SBA Lenders. Lender Match not only connects borrowers with accessing PPP loans, but also other SBA lending products, such as 7(a), 504, Microloans, and Community Advantage loans which are currently offering debt relief.

YP SELLING COLBY-OPOLY

The Colby Young Professionals’ Colby-opoly game is still for sale at the Colby/Thomas County Chamber, Palace Drug Store, Prairie Museum of Art and History and Colby Ag Center. The game was customized with area businesses as property locations. Proceeds will go toward helping the Young Professionals start a grant program to help with moving or living costs for young people moving back into the community.
For more information contact the Chamber at info@colbychamber.com or (785) 460-3401.

CHAMBER HAPPENINGS

Are you receiving our Monday morning emails? Chamber Happenings is full of events for Colby and Thomas County and goes out to more than 1200 area residents. If you do not yet receive this email, just visit ColbyChamber.com to sign up.
If you have an event you would like listed, please send the information to info@colbychamber.com by Thursday at noon. Members are also able to include an ad once per month in the email. Contact us for more information.