We at the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the West Texas Small Business Development Center, WT Enterprise Center, and Workforce Solutions Panhandle, have created a tool kit of business resources specific to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to help you stay informed and make appropriate business decisions.
(Last updated on April 29, 2020)
UPDATED FEDERAL & STATE POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT
- REPRESENTATIVE MAC THORNBERRY
OPEN TEXAS BUSINESS GUIDE: The Texas Governor's office released this guide to begin reopening businesses in Texas, download the full guide here.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: The Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page is being continually updated with all SBA tools and resources, including preparedness checklists and different avenues to access capital. Designated areas are eligible for working capital loans up to $2 million. Interest rates are 3.75% for small business and 2.75% for non-profits, with long-term repayments up to a maximum of 30 years. You can apply online.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Learn about Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters.
WT SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER: Find local resources and assistance related to applying for State and Federal disaster relief loans.
WT ENTERPRISE CENTER FACEBOOK GROUP: Find local guidance and advice to assist entrepreneurs via webinars and workshops.
AMARILLO NATIONAL BANK PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM: Learn more about the payroll protection program, loans, and loan forgiveness from Amarillo National Bank.
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS & CARES ACT WEBINAR: Watch the full webinar recording here.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GUIDE TO THE CARES ACT: Download this guide to the CARES Act here.
CDC GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Guidance directly from the CDC on how employers can respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM INFORMATION SHEET: Get an overview on the paycheck protection program here, and visit FAQs here.
SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM: Download this guide on the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION APPLICATION FORM: Download the paycheck protection application form here.
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CORPORATE AID TRACKER: Find a listing of companies and organizations offering products and services to aid small businesses during the pandemic. (Includes Facebook)
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "RESILIENCE IN A BOX" TOOL KIT: Best practices designed to help business owners new to planning for business continuity.
AMERICAN RED CROSS READY RATING PROGRAM FOR BUSINESS: Tools from the Red Cross on how you can make your business safe and ready.
LEGAL FAQS FOR EMPLOYERS ON COVID-19: General legal guidance for employers in the State of Texas for questions regarding COVID-19.
TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS GRANTS: Texas Woman’s University announced on Thursday that it will help up to 100 small business that are owned by women through $1 million in grants.
SBDC QUARANTINE COMMUNICATION WEBINAR: Learn how to quickly empower your team and stay connected while working remotely together along with your customers and prospects.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION TOWN HALL WEBINAR: Download the full Texas Workforce Commission Town Hall here.
HOW TO MARKET YOUR BUSINESS DURING COVID-19 WEBINAR: The WT Enterprise Center recently hosted this webinar on how to market your business, watch the recording here.
COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW QUESTIONS WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS PANHANDLE: Watch the recording of the COVID-19 Employment Law Questions with Brad Howard and Workforce Solutions Panhandle here.
SALESFORCE CARE SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS: As part of Salesforce’s commitment to small businesses and giving back to the community, Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak.
WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS PANHANDLE: Local resources and staff to assist you and your company with employment questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: Resources for employers and job seekers regarding unemployment claims and guidance for managing employees.
FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: If you need to file for unemployment benefits, visit the Texas Workforce Commission's Job Seeker site.
LEADERSHIP AND INSIGHTS:
FIVE C'S FOR LEADING IN A CRISIS: Actions to take as a leader.
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: Leading your company through the COVID-19 crisis.
DELOITTE: Weekly economic update.
MAIN STREET AMERICA COVID-19 RESOURCES: Check out research, resources, and webinars provided by Main Street America.
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