COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Covid-19 Assistance
We are monitoring COVID-19 developments to help our Waxahachie businesses navigate this evolving crisis. The links to the various agencies listed below go directly to their COVID-19 response pages.

NOTE: All information regarding Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is subject to change at any time due to the changing nature of the pandemic. Please revisit this page regularly for updates.
 
  LOCAL RESOURCES
             
  Waxahachie Economic Development Department
    The Economic Development team is available to assist businesses and residents during these uncertain times. City Hall is currently closed to the public; however, Kassandra and Kay are available via phone and email.  Their contact information is below:

    Kassandra Carroll Economic Development Coordinator PH: 469-309-4122
    Kay Brown-Patrick
Economic Development Specialist
PH: 469-309-4123

             
  Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce
    The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has created a  COVID-19 resource webpage with links and information for local, state, and federal resources as well as Chamber sponsored events to assist businesses during this time.

    Email: admin@waxahachiechamber.com
PH: 972-935-0539

             
  Small Business Development Center 
 

 

The Navarro Small Business Development Center is part of the nationwide SBDC system linking resources from federal, state and local governments to colleges, universities and the private sector. The SBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Navarro College. Providing Consulting and training services to four counties that include Ellis, Freestone, Limestone and Navarro, the center is designed to provide small businesses with the practical assistance needed to start, grow and prosper.

Consulting
The SBDC offers one-on-one consulting at no cost to both startup and existing businesses for loans and financing, financial statement analysis, marketing, accounting and record-keeping, sales, advertising, business planning and management. Opportunities for business growth, government contracting, exporting, market expansion and new emerging technologies can be explored.

       
    Paycheck Protection Program  
      The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

     
    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,small business owners in all U.S. states are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

             
    SBDC Waxahachie
      Daniel Short, Business Advisor  (Email Preferred)
      PH: 972-923-6425  
             
    SBDC Corsicana (Main Office)
      Leslie Leerskov, Director (Email Preferred)  
      PH: 903-872-8104

 
             
  STATE OF TEXAS RESOURCES
             
  Texas Economic Development
    Economic Development & Tourism staff and community partners are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of health officials and government agencies. For additional news and resources regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), go to https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.
             
  Texas Department of Agriculture
    The TDA Trade & Business Development program has compiled a resource guide to assist our economic development partners. This document will be updated periodically as new programs and initiatives are announced: TBD COVID-19 Resource Guide.

             
  Texas Workforce Commission
    The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is working with federal, state and local government officials and agencies to help manage the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For Employers
      Shared Work Program  The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

FAQ for Texas Employers

    For Employees
      The Texas Workforce Comission is  Waiving Certain Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Services
             
  Texas State Comptroller
   

The Texas State Comptroller is offering assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.

For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.

They ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.

Additional information about their online tools and how Covid-19 is impacting their various business functions can be found at  https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/ .

             
  FEDERAL RESOURCES
             
  Federal Government
    This government webpage is dedicated to the federal government’s response to Coronavirus by government agency. Topics include:

        Health and Safety Benefits & Grants
        Travel, Immigration, & Transportation Housing
        Money & Taxes Voting & Elections
        Education Businesses
        Scams and Fraud Cybersecutrity
             
  Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    The CDC webpage has information for businesses and employers such as OSHA/HHS guidance and cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

             
  U.S. Department of Labor
    The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).  Topics include Workplace Safety, Wages, Hours and Leave, Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities and the latest press releases.

U.S. Department Of Labor Adds To Guidance for Workers and Employers Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Benefits Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
             
  Small Business Administration (SBA)
    The SBA has set up a Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource webpage to provide information regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the pandemic’s effect on small business. Detailed information and links to applications are provided. Content includes the following:

        Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program SBA Products and Resources
        SBA Express Bridge Loans Government Contracting
        Guidance for Business & Employers Local Assistance

             
  Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

             
  PRIVATE / OTHER RESOURCES
             
  SCORE
   

SCORE’s 10,000 expert mentors offer free, personalized assistance to address the current crisis to help you adapt your business. Remote mentoring services are available via phone, email, video and chat.

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.

             
  Facebook
   

Facebook has put together a page with resources to help businesses manage through and build resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Facebook is also offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will share more details as they become available.

             
  Yelp
   

On March 20, Yelp announced $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services during this period.

These relief efforts are available to small, independently owned restaurant and nightlife businesses and franchisees in the U.S. with fewer than five locations.

Restaurants and bars with Yelp Ads campaigns
Restaurants and bars without active Yelp Ads campaigns 
Restaurants currently using—or interested in—Yelp Reservations and Yelp Waitlist
Businesses beyond restaurants and bars that advertise on Yelp
Frequently asked questions

             
  Texas Women’s University (TWU)
    TWU has established the AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant program to assist Texas, woman-owned businesses that have been severely impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of $1,000,000 (100 grant awards) is available. Eligibility requirements, the application process, FAQs and the grant application can be found at the link above.