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
- Day Youth Camp Operators
- Day Youth Camp Families
- Overnight Youth Camp Operators
- Overnight Youth Camp Families
- Professional Sports Without In-Person Spectators
New, In Effect May 22, 2020
- Bar Patrons
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, Skating Customers
- Rodeo / Equestrian Events
- Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns
- Zoo, Aquarium, Natural Cavern Visitors
New, Now in Effect as of May 18, 2020
- Child Care Centers
- Child Care Families
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Service Customers
- Youth Clubs
- Youth Club Participants
- Youth Sports Operators
- Youth Sports Families
Additional openings May 18th
- Gyms / Exercise Facilities
- Gym / Exercise Facility Patrons
- Office-Based Employers
- Office-Based Employees
Additional openings May 8th
- Barber Shops
- Barber Shop Customers
- Cosmetology / Hair Salons
- Cosmetology / Hair Salon Customers
- Nail Salons / Shops
- Nail Salon Customers
- Tanning Salons
- Tanning Salon Customers
Open Texas Checklists - May 1st
- All Employers and Employees
- Retail Customers
- Restaurant Customers
- Movie Theaters
- Movie Theater Customers
- Museums and Libraries
- Museum and Library Visitors
- Outdoor Sports Participants
- Churches and Places of Worship
- Single Person Offices
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!
Resources for Small Businesses
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
3/50 Project - Free graphics and information.
American Independent Business Alliance - Free graphics and information.