IKECA Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cancellation of 2020 Annual Meeting in Charlotte

In a March 13, 2020 message to IKECA Members, Associate Members, and Sponsors, President Neal Iorii, Jr. announced that due to the evolving concerns around the COVID-19 virus, and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and the state of North Carolina, IKECA’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for April 28-May 2, 2020 in Charlotte, NC.

IKECA is committed to the health and safety of our members. The IKECA membership is dedicated to protecting life and property through the prevention of fires through proper kitchen exhaust cleaning. As a group, we need to be dedicated to protecting all aspects of life, not just fire safety. We have an obligation to be socially responsible during this pandemic to not only protect ourselves but our friends, family, neighbors, and anyone we may come in contact with.

Registration Refunds: Attendees who have paid registration fees to attend the Annual Meeting will be contacted via email regarding refunds of fees paid or may choose to transfer fees toward the 2020 Fall Technical Seminar, scheduled for October 21-24, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI.

Confirmed Hotel Room Reservations in the IKECA Room Block: Attendees holding confirmed room reservations with the Hilton Charlotte University Place within the IKECA room block have had their room reservations canceled with no penalty and should have received an email confirmation of the cancellation directly from the Hilton as long as an email address was provided to the hotel at the time of reservation. If your room reservation was confirmed as part of the IKECA room block, no further action is needed by you to cancel your hotel reservation.

CEU Waivers for Certification Renewal:

The IKECA Board of Directors is aware that 2020 Annual Conference attendees would have earned CEUs toward certification renewal by attending, and have adopted a resolution to waive any unfulfilled CEU requirements for renewals due in June 2020. If you have questions about your certification renewal status please contact info@ikeca.org for assistance.

Extension of Deadline for Unpaid 2020 Membership Dues:

The IKECA Board of Directors has adopted a resolution to provide a 90-day extension for submission of unpaid 2020 Membership Dues. If you have questions about your IKECA Membership renewal status please contact info@ikeca.org for assistance.

Resources for the KEC Industry:

IKECA Youtube Channel


Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
PPP Borrower Information Sheet

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. (Posted April 3, 2020)

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the 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 nonprofits 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.

U.S. Department of Labor News Release
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 24, 2020)

Small Businesses Already Feeling Huge Drop in Demand Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), New Study Shows
A just released national study found that 69 percent of U.S. small businesses have experienced a large drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and 60 percent believe demand will continue to decline. The study of small businesses by America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Thryv Inc., found that 82 percent of small businesses are “extremely concerned” about the current business environment in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. (March 24, 2020)

COVID-19 Small Business Resources
America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. On this page ASBDC has gathered information and resources to help small businesses plan for and respond to the pandemic.

NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status
NFPA urges officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings throughout this global pandemic. They further urge that the personnel and vendors that service those systems be deemed essential. (March 24, 2020)

Coronavirus Impact on Construction Contracts – Two Webinars:

Words of Wisdom from the IKECA Leadership
A well-educated and protected community can remain strong and viable during these times. (March 23, 2020)

Business Guidance information from IA Business Solutions
Customers cancelling KEC services? Here’s some guidance from Brian Smith at IA Business Solutions. (March 13, 2020)

Managing Cash Flow in Times of Crisis
Randy Conforti shares advice for guarding assets and monitoring cash flow during times of uncertainty. (March 24, 2020)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions
The US Small Business Administration (US SBA, or SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA working capital loans are available to small businesses directly affected by the disaster, that offer services related to the businesses in the declaration of disaster or indirectly related and likely to be harmed by losses in the community. Download an informative presentation to learn more, and seek the help of your state Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in seeking an SBA loan. (March 24, 2020)