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Dear Western Fairs Association Members,


Things continue to movee quickly throughout the event industry and we at WFA are committed to keeping our members and business partners fully informed as we move through these challenging times. Western Fairs Association is actively monitoring the developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout our membership regions; we will continue to closely monitor the situation on your behalf.


The health and wellbeing of all our members, attendees and member communities is our highest priority. We strongly urge our members to follow guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health organizations and encourage you to stay up to date on information surrounding the pandemic. In these times of uncertainty, we must trust expert advice. Resources are listed below for your convenience.


 
 
 
 
 
MEMBER RESOURCES
 
 
 
 
WFA WEBSITE
COVID-19 Updates Page
 
 
 
 
 
Visit the Western Fairs Association website to get up to date information on fair and interim event cancellations, and other resources to help you best navigate through these trying times.
 
 
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
 
 
 
 
 
From SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza:
“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

Visit the link above for more information on qualifying and applying for SBA Disaster Assistance Loans.
 
 
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FREELANCE ARTIST RESOURCES
 
 
 
 
 
Visit this page for an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. 
 
 
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WFA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS PROGRAM
 
 
 
 
 
Our hearts go out to each and every member during this time as we know you are affected by the COVID-19  pandemic. Our Membership Benefits Program is available to every member in need of coverage today and into the future. Our first priority is you, your families, and staff. Though this program was not created with the Pandemic in mind, we want to make sure that our members have an option for reliable and cost effective coverage.
 
 
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URGENT CALL TO ACTION
OABA
 
 
 
 
 
From OABA President & CEO:
"Our industry, for the most part, is shut down until at least the end of May. Most events are cancelled and some still scheduled most likely will not occur. The federal government has revised CDC guidelines, and many states and municipalities have imposed restrictions that surpass the federal suggestions. Our industry must be recognized by the federal government as a sector that is greatly affected by COVID-19.
Gregg Hartley and the team at HB Strategies, have changed their focus from H2B work to Federal funding for our industry in response to COVID-19. They are working very closely with OABA and the IAFE to make certain that Legislators are aware of the plight of our industry.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EACH OF US CAN DO TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO OUR INDUSTRY. Please send the letter, linked below or one customized to your organization, to your two Federal Senators and Federal Representative today. This request is not limited to carnival operators but to everyone in our industry."
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OABA office at 407-848-4958 or oaba@oaba.org
 
 
 
 
 
IAFE
Communicable Disease Webpage
 
 
 
 
 
IAFE has provided the industry with a great resource for staying up to date on COVID-19 News. Please refer to their Communicable Disease Page, linked below to visit the site.
 
 
VISIT PAGE
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and well!
 
 
      
 
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