Business Resources

Under Executive Order GA-17, by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the State of Texas is set to gradually re-open its economy in phases. Under the third phase, certain businesses may re-open at 75% capacity with specific guidelines set to protect the most vulnerable population. Businesses who may open are: non-essential retailers, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums, churches & places of worship, healthcare professionals, pet grooming, mechanic/auto retail, laundromats, gas stations and banks, tattoo parlors, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and gyms. Businesses who shall remain closed are: Bars.

Click on the checklists below to find out more information

CHECKLIST FOR RESTAURANTS
CHECKLIST FOR RESTAURANTS CUSTOMERS
Restaurant
CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS
CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS CUSTOMERS
Retail
CHECKLIST FOR MOVIES
CHECKLIST FOR MOVIES CUSTOMERS
Movies
CHECKLIST FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP
CHECKLIST FOR SINGLE PERSON OFFICES
Worship
CHECKLIST FOR M n L
CHECKLIST FOR M n L CUSTOMERS
Museum

Respond, Reorganize and Rebuild

In order to attend the growing need of the business community, the Economic Development Department has dedicated this page to streamline helpful resources that can assist our local business community in this time of need. The page gives resources that can be accessed at all three levels, federal, state and local. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (830) 773 - 1111 extension 2003, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Federal

  • The Small Business Administration now offers disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million for small businesses affected by COVID-19. These loans can be used to pay off outstanding debt, payroll and other bills that a business is unable to pay. *businesses with access to credit are not eligible. Businesses who do not have a credit line can request the loan for an interest rate of 3.75%, while non-profits may request the loan with an interest rate of 2.75%. To apply for the loan, please click here.
  • The Small Business Administration program has also recently announced the Paycheck Protection Program where the SBA may issue out a forgivable loan to employers if employees are kept on the payroll for at least eight weeks. To find out more about the program, click here.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with guidance of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan. The loan application will be uploaded as soon as it becomes fully available. For the guide to see if you are eligible, please click here.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued out a guidance plan to employers to plan and respond to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about the virus and find out how to prepare your business to prevent the spread, please click here.

State

  • The Texas Workforce Commission has made some modifications as to who is eligible for unemployment. If you are self-employed, a contract worker or previously worked in a position that did not report any wages, you may qualify for unemployment. For a guide on how to apply for unemployment, please click here.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services provides a dashboard for all case counts of COVID-19 records around the state to stay informed. To view the case count dashboard, please click here.
  • The Office of the Texas Governor issued Executive orders related to travel and other social distancing protocols. To view the latest and all other notices, click here.

Local

  • The Economic Development Department  is consistently researching new resources that are available through both public and private organizations to bring you useful information. We are able to take questions regarding specific needs to see how we can guide your business in the right direction. For assistance please call (830) 773 - 1111.
  • The Small Business Development Center is able to assist small business in filling out loan applications and provide technical assistance for those in need. For assistance, please call (830) 758-5022
  • PeopleFund offers financial assistance to small businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 through different loan programs. To view these options, please click here.

Private Sector Assistance

  • Facebook is now offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for businesses who are struggling during these times. The program can help retain a business workforce, help with rent expenses, or assist reaching customers. To view more on this opportunity, please click here.
  • Spectrum Reach can support small businesses by providing a free 30-second commercial that businesses can create on their own using several templates that are already available. In addition to the ad, Spectrum Reach offers discounts for air time to run these ads through different platforms. To find out more, click here.