Small Business Assistance

Details on Opening Texas and GA-18

On May 18, 2020, Governor Abbott  held a press conference updating additional openings as part of the Governor’s Report to Open Texas and included a series of checklists for establishments who are allowed open or increase their capacity limits. You can view the full report here and the governor’s website here. Below are direct links for the various establishments.

New, In Effect May 31, 2020

New, In Effect May 22, 2020

New, Now in Effect as of May 18, 2020

Additional openings May 18th

Additional openings May 8th

Open Texas Checklists - May 1st

Resources for Businesses during COVID-19

Checklist for setting up your business for success virtually. 

Guidelines from Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on Re-opening Retail Businesses. 

Funding Resources Links

LiftFund - The San Antonio based Community Development Finance Institution has partnered with Goldman Sachs on a $50 million fund for small business loans.

Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund - The Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Thryv Small Business Foundation-Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program

AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant - This Texas Woman’s University fund was designed to assist Texas, woman-owned businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19. $1 million (100 grants of $10,000) is available.

Creative Capital - This organization is supportive of all the creative sectors. Staff have been compiling resources for artists, writers, freelancers, and more.  

Facebook is offering $100 million in grants for ad credits and cash support. Click here for information 

MainVest - If you have an existing business that has been negatively effected by the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible to immediately receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan* when you start a capital raise. You can raise over $100,000 of investment from your community on Mainvest.

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund (also accepting donations for anyone who has a few dollars to contribute)

Hello Alice - Business for All - Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency grants.

Small Business Recovery Fund - Verizon

Office of the Governor - Texas Economic Development

Contact your loan officers to discuss your options!

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Resources for Small Businesses

General Links

CARES Act and SBA loan and debt relief including the Paycheck Protection Program

Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a small business toolkit.

Corona Virus Main Street Resources
- Main Street America

COVID-19 Resources
- International Downtown Association

Small Business Relief Programs
- Forbes

Google for Small Business
has tips for updating digital profiles and communicating with customers and employees.

Building Owners and Managers Association International - Coronavirus Resource Center with information for tenants and building owners and managers.

NextDoor shared some ideas for how small business owners can stay connected to customers.

Kaufman Family Foundation - Guide for small businesses

Google Assistance for Businesses


Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This legislation will take effect on April 1, 2020 and will impact small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for exemption. US Chamber of Commerce - what you need to know

Temporary Assistance for Restaurant & Bar Employees

Furlough Kitchen in Dallas is a nonprofit providing meals to hospitality industry workers.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – List of resources

Southern Smoke is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering support to the food and beverage industry in crisis. The organization was founded in 2017. Application

Texas Restaurant Relief Fund was started by the Texas Restaurant Association.

US Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Preparedness Expanded Guide

Small Business Disaster Recovery Guide

Coronavirus Response Toolkit from the US Chamber of Commerce

Marketing

3/50 Project - Free graphics and information.

American Independent Business Alliance - Free graphics and information.