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  • Thu, June 18, 2020 4:04 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

    Release Date
    June 15, 2020
    Release Number20-47
    Press_Office@sba.gov | (202) 205-7036

    WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

    “The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible.  To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”

    SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit.  These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.  EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses.  Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

    SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance

    • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
    • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.  The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
    • In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
    • SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
    • The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

    For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.


    About the U.S. Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

  • Thu, June 18, 2020 3:20 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    News for Immediate Release

    10700 Medallion Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 | gmpopcorn.com
    For more information about the release or images, contact Stephanie Goodin at 800-543-0862 or sgoodin@gmpopcorn.com .

    OREO® and Gold Medal Team Up to Create
    OREO Popcorn Kits

    Two of the world’s favorite snacks have come together to create an irresistible treat! Touted as America’s Favorite Cookie, OREO’s famous crème and chocolatey cookie crumbles have been combined with delicious popcorn to make a sweet-and-salty, cookies-and-cream popcorn sensation.

    Produced by the concessions equipment and supply industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co., the OREO Popcorn Kits will simplify the process of making this unique and tasty treat. Each kit contains one pouch of OREO Base Cake, one pouch of OREO Crème, and one bag of OREO Cookie Pieces. Kits also have the option of including popping oil and OREO Popcorn serving bags. In addition, point-of-sale materials are included with the kits to aid in promotional efforts. Each case contains four OREO Popcorn Kits. 

    Gold Medal was privileged to work in conjunction with OREO’s parent company Mondelēz International Group to bring this product to market.

    “OREO is a classic brand that’s so well-known and beloved by the public. Now with OREO Popcorn Kits, venues will be able to capture customers’ interest with a compelling and exciting product. This is a significant opportunity to provide a quality, delectable snack that also delivers attractive profit margins. We look forward to sharing OREO Popcorn through movie theaters, gourmet popcorn shops, and all types of concession stands across America,” stated Gold Medal president, Adam Browning.

    Research shows that sales of ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn continue to rise. The category of indulgent flavors has experienced substantial growth and cookie-inspired profiles are specifically driving sales according to Snack and Bakery State of the Industry 2019. The OREO Popcorn Kits are the ideal way to respond to current snacking trends.

    To order OREO Popcorn Kits, simply call 800-543-0862 or visit the Gold Medal website, gmpopcorn.com. 

    * OREO is a trademark of Mondelēz International Group, used with permission

    About Gold Medal: Gold Medal is the global leader for concession equipment and supplies including: popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Kones®, gourmet popcorn, fudge, nachos, funnel cakes and more. The privately-held, family-run company began in 1931 and now employs more than 500 people across 16 locations, including its manufacturing headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, with a worldwide distribution network. Count on Gold Medal to deliver snacks, smiles & success!

  • Mon, June 08, 2020 5:04 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    05/25/20 06/01/20 06/08/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.390 2.386 2.396 0.010 -0.709
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.498 2.492 2.501 0.009 -0.624
    New England (PADD1A) 2.624 2.615 2.629 0.014 -0.556
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.666 2.666 2.672 0.006 -0.636
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.349 2.359 0.010 -0.630
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.230 2.226 2.240 0.014 -0.762
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.175 2.171 2.172 0.001 -0.671
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.348 2.340 2.351 0.011 -0.763
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.902 2.900 2.918 0.018 -0.797
    West Coast less California 2.561 2.560 2.578 0.018 -0.704
    California 3.182 3.181 3.198 0.017 -0.860
    *prices include all taxes


  • Mon, June 08, 2020 11:57 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    We were saddened by the news of the passing of Harvey Lewis Miller, Friday, June 5 and send our sincere condolences to his family

    SPRINGFIELD MO - Harvey Lewis Miller Jr., age 84, of Springfield MO, passed away peacefully June 5 in his home with his family by his side.

    Lewis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia of the home; A son Rocky Miller and daughter in law Kristie Miller: a daughter Bea Jo Miller; grandson Ryan Miller and his wife Carrie Miller, grandson Adam Miller and his wife Brittanie Miller.

    Lewis was born in Marshfield MO in 1935. He graduated from Marshfield High School as an active member of the FFA Chapter, receiving the American Farmer Award for showing Jersey cattle. He attended MSU for a short time before joining the Air Force, serving 4 years. After basic training, he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in the Security Wing under General Walds.

    In 1954 he married his childhood sweetheart Patricia Jolene Snider. To this union 2 children were born, a son Mark “Rocky” Miller and a daughter Bea Jo Miller.

    In 1958 Lewis began working at KWTO Radio Station as Farm Director while he completed his Administration Degree from MSU. As Farm Director, he reached out with farm air time and daily market reports. It was his privilege and joy traveling many miles across Southwest Missouri working with the youth. Lewis keynoted FFA Basket Dinners, worked with 4-H youth and announced horse shows.

    Lewis then went to work for Empire Bank in Springfield, MO as Senior Vice President. In 1964 he became the General Manager of the Ozark Empire Fair, serving in that capacity for the next 15 years. From 1980-2000 he was President and CEO of IAFE (International Association of Fair and Expositions), a trade association serving members in 51 states and many international countries.

    Lewis was also active in Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations.

    Lewis was baptized at an early age at Timber Ridge Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Later he was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Strafford where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

    Lewis will be remembered for his strength of character and being a “man of his word” to his family, friends and community. Sometime ago, an annual scholarship was endowed at MSU in his name. As Lewis departs from this world and goes to his heavenly home, the betterment of some young life’s future will continue each year.

    Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge Baptist Church in Marshfield, MO.

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 4:27 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    June 4, 2020

    A flickering candlelight at the
    end of a long dark tunnel.

    Texas Governor Abbott just announced Phase III to reopen Texas and included in that plan, effective June 3: “Amusement parks and carnival in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity”.

    To access the full language of the executive order:    https://www.jkjworkforce.com/texas-governor-executive-order/

    Having “carnival” included in the executive order was not an accident, it was due to the hard work of many in the industry, spearheaded in Texas by Mary Talley with Talley Amusements. Thank you, Mary!!

    To access work product on getting this accomplished go to: https://www.jkjworkforce.com/talley-to-governor-abbott/ & 


    This is wonderful news for mobile entertainment operators in Texas. You should all be lobbying your governor’s office with similar letters, phone calls, emails to allow carnivals, fairs, festivals and local events to reopen with the proper precautions.

    Workers returning to the USA
    to continue employment

    As you plan to reopen, of course you are doing everything possible to hire unemployed US workers to fill any openings. 

    After you access your new needs for H-2B temporary seasonal workers, please give me a call to discuss. If you have workers that were already processed and went home due to covid-19, we can work on getting them back to you. If you have not had workers processed or were capped out we will work with you and other employers and cap-exempt workers to supply your labor needs. This cannot be done overnight so we need heads up on your plans as they are being formed.


    We have purchased face masks and no contact thermometers and given them to the recruitment and consular processing agents in Mexico. Prior to any worker traveling to the USA they will be scanned at their home city and scanned at the departure city for any elevated temperature and will not be allowed to travel if any their temperatures are not normal. They will be provided with a supply of disposable face masks if they do not already have appropriate face coverings for travel.

    The consular processing and recruitment agents in Mexico are reducing the risk of any infection by sending only passports and other documents to the consular city by courier and not the workers. The documents are submitted to the consulate and only after visas are issued are the workers scheduled to travel, so their travel time and risk of exposure is reduced by several days.

    We are not proactively requiring workers be tested for Covid-19 in Mexico because the testing in Mexico is chaos, riddled with false results and fraud. 


    Make sure that you have proper facilities and supplies and that you have carefully planned your reopening to protect all of your employees and your patrons. Facemasks, Antiseptic Gel, Handwashing Stations.

    If you are providing housing of any type, make sure that it is professionally cleaned and disinfected prior to the arrival of any workers.  If you are going to be working with reduced staffing and you have housing available, reduce the density of your housing. If there is a two-person bunkroom, only have one person occupy that bunkroom until this pandemic is over. Make sure that you have proper filtration systems for air conditioning in private rooms and in common areas.

    As soon as you know when your workers are going to arrive, obtain a listing of the workers full names and dates of birth. Schedule covid-19 tests for all workers on the day that they are arriving. Transport the workers to those tests. Isolate the workers until the test results are back and only incorporate the workers into your workforce when the results come back as negative.

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 4:02 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    June 4, 2020


    As ordered by the courts, Carole Baskin has been awarded the property on which GW Zoo lies.  She does not have the animals.
    Carole Baskin Wins Control of Joe Exotic's Former Zoo From Jeff Lowe


    'It's a shame we're losing everything': West Allis will be deeply affected by the cancellation of the State Fair

    Br(u)no: The Circus is in Town
    Interesting perspective from the Czech Republic

    Animal Rights Activists Uncover the Locations of Thousands of Factory Farms

    ‘Adopt don’t shop‘—marketing genius or shaming slogan?

    Elephant Who Ate Firecracker-Filled Pineapple Walked For Days In Pain
    Human-elephant conflict is the number one killer of the endangered Asian elephant.

    Ag Committee aims to ‘straighten out’ statute                    

    Owners remove exotic animals from Roaring Cat Retreat

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 2:05 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices
    Change from
    05/18/20 05/25/20 06/01/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.386 2.390 2.386 -0.004 -0.750
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.491 2.498 2.492 -0.006 -0.661
    New England (PADD1A) 2.620 2.624 2.615 -0.009 -0.604
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.667 2.666 2.666 0.000 -0.678
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.345 2.359 2.349 -0.010 -0.662
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.229 2.230 2.226 -0.004 -0.800
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.175 2.175 2.171 -0.004 -0.704
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.338 2.348 2.340 -0.008 -0.823
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.887 2.902 2.900 -0.002 -0.860
    West Coast less California 2.543 2.561 2.560 -0.001 -0.760
    California 3.171 3.182 3.181 -0.001 -0.928
  • Thu, May 28, 2020 2:42 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – May 28, 2020 – For several months the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors and staff have been working tirelessly analyzing all facets of the annual event, in hopes of being able to provide the Wisconsin State Fair experience that Fairgoers have come to know and love over the past 169 years.

    On Tuesday, May 26, the board voted unanimously to authorize Chairman John Yingling to make the determination on whether events currently scheduled at State Fair Park, including the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair, are to be canceled, after extensive input from each Board member and Kathleen O’Leary, Executive Director/CEO. Today Chairman John Yingling announced that for the safety of fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers and the broader community, the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled.

    The board and staff have been closely monitoring COVID-19 data from local, state and federal health officials during this time. While some restrictions have recently been lifted and businesses are beginning to re-open, most are requiring strict safety measures, including social distancing, the wearing of masks and temperature checks. The evidence that this disease spreads quickly and easily when people are in densely populated areas has led several agencies to continue their recommendation to avoid mass gatherings.

    Considering the Wisconsin State Fair is the largest event in the State of Wisconsin, drawing more than one million people over the course of 11 days, this weighed heavily into the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair. The safety of all fairgoers and staff, as well as the above-mentioned partners who are so important to putting on a successful fair, has always been the number one top priority.

    In addition, the magnitude of the financial implications associated with hosting a fair with significantly reduced attendance, as well as implementing the recommended mass gathering safety measures, could be detrimental to the future of State Fair Park. The State Fair Park Board has the responsibility to be stewards of the public funds entrusted to Wisconsin State Fair Park and ensure the financial viability of the Fair Park not only heading into 2021, but for years to come.

    “On behalf of the entire State Fair Park Board of Directors, please know that the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was not taken lightly," said Wisconsin State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling. “Months of deliberation took place, considering all options to host a Fair that adheres to the highest standard of safety without compromising the experience. We explored countless models, but ultimately safety cannot be compromised. The risks associated with hosting an event of this size and scope right now are just too great.”

    As a State of Wisconsin agency, Chairman Yingling and the State Fair Park Board of Directors have been in communication with Governor Evers, as well as the Department of Administration, and have their support.

    “The Wisconsin State Fair is so much more than just a fair – it is a celebration of everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin,” said Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “We understand the magnitude of disappointment you may be feeling. We feel it too. However, safety is our top priority, and that cannot be compromised under any circumstance. We have tremendously loyal fairgoers, vendors, partners and exhibitors. For that we are forever grateful, and our greatest responsibility is to ensure that the fair remains strong and resilient for future generations.”

    For those who have already purchased admission tickets during the annual holiday sales promotion, tickets will be valid for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair. However, refunds are also available through June 30, 2020. Main Stage concert tickets are eligible for a full refund. Concert tickets purchased with a credit card will automatically be refunded to the card used for purchase. For more details, as well as answers to many other questions, please visit Wistatefair.com.

    Moving forward, the board and staff will continue to analyze the data and prioritize the safety of all Fair Park visitors when making decisions about other events scheduled to be held at State Fair Park. The 2021 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, is scheduled to take place August 5 – 15.

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