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Kyle, Texas | Economic Development

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

 

 


COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Residents

 

Local Resources:

City of Kyle
Details, restrictions, recommendations and resources for the City of Kyle
www.cityofkyle.com/covid

Kyle Cares Grant Program - Emergency Utility Bill Relief
City Council approved the funding to help  Kyle residential utility customers within city limits have uninterrupted access to utility services — including water, wastewater, solid waste and storm drainage — during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.cityofkyle.com/utilitybilling/kyle-cares-grant-program-emerg...

First Year on Us: Under the First Year on Us commercial development plan, owner occupied business may apply for a one-time tax rebate up to $10,000 for improvements on real and personal property that increases the value of said property. Meaning, the City of Kyle will rebate one dollar for every new tax dollar generated as a direct result of investment and improvements to commercial property.  Non-owner occupied businesses and developers may apply for the same credit up to $5,000. Click here for detailed information and application

City of Kyle Critical Infrastructure Verification Letter
Available on request, please contact Kyle Economic Development at All-ED@cityofkyle.com or call 512-262-3932

Kyle Chamber of Commerce
Additional COVID-19 Business resources
https://www.kylechamber.org/business-strong

Ascension Seton Hays Medical Center
Ascension is working to keep our communities healthy during this time and prevent the spread of infection while continuing to care for those who need us most.
https://healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19

Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Offering assistance to small businesses
https://www.pec.coop/your-service/billing-payments/small-power-assistance/


Regional Resources:

Hays County Emergency Cash Assistance Program (ECAP) Fund

  • Hays County established a grant fund 
  • $600,000 available to local businesses.
  • Designed for those small businesses located in Hays County that are struggling to sustain operations due to the COVID-19 health crisis
  • The ECAP fund will provide a grant of up to $10,000 to qualifying businesses on a first-come, first served basis. 

https://greatersanmarcostx.com/ECAP

Southwest-Texas Border Small Business Development Center
https://txsbdc.org/

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
https://sbdc.mccoy.txstate.edu/Disaster-Recovery.html

Sign up for SBDC Virtual Advising
To combat the spread of COVID-19, Texas State SBDC will be providing virtual meetings to clients on an as needed basis. Our advisors are here to help answer your questions, apply for business resources, and help your business plan accordingly during this disruption. We're here for you every step of the way. Please contact our office email sbdc@txstate.edu or via phone at 512.420.9379 to schedule a virtual session.

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Skills for Small Business
Grants funds are available to businesses with fewer than 100 employees and emphasize training for employees and potentially business owners with a W-2.
Combined this with the suggestions from your SBDC or SCORE mentor to achieve your goals.

https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/employers/employee-skills-training/ski...
https://www.twc.texas.gov/business/skills-small-business-employers

Resources for employers and workers.
https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/
• Employer Resources
o https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/employers/covid-19-coronavirus-resources
• Job Seeker Resources
o https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/seekers/coronavirus-covid-19-job-seeke...

Hays County Emergency Information
Stay informed with Hays County updates
http://haysinformed.com/

COVID-19 Social Distancing Scoreboard for Hays County
https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard

Greater San Marcos Partnership
https://greatersanmarcostx.com/virus

In case you missed the webinars, Resources for Recovery, the recordings are available at the links below.

Austin Chamber of Commerce
https://www.austinchamber.com/blog/covid-19-resources-for-businesses

Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus Layoffs and Lost Wages
https://www.moneygeek.com/coronavirus/unemployment-statistics-forecast/u...

State Resources:

Nearest Testing Center
http://covidtest.tdem.texas.gov

Office of the Governor Economic Development

State of Texas Payroll Protection Plan (PPP)
Governor Abbott announced the State of Texas PPP program. This partnership with the LiftFund and Goldman Sachs has approved $50M available for loans.
All applications will go through the LiftFund. Act now, funding is going fast!
HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/QMAGGU6

• Coronavirus resources
https://gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus
• Governor’s Small Business Assistance Team
https://gov.texas.gov/business
• Permitting and Licensing office
https://gov.texas.gov/business/page/business-permits-office
• Texas Film Commission
https://gov.texas.gov/film
• Music Office
https://gov.texas.gov/music

Office of Senator John Cornyn
www.cornyn.senate.gov

Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)
https://texasedc.org/resources/covid-19-resources-updates-and-links

Texas Department of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) serves the State of Texas by managing the all-hazards emergency management plan for the state. TDEM works closely with local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal partners in ensuring Texas becomes more resilient for future disasters. TDEM staff are stationed statewide and serve six different regions. Whether natural or man-made, TDEM is prepared and ready to respond to all future disasters.
https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/

Texas Workforce Commission
“Information for COVID-19” banner on our homepage: https://twc.texas.gov/
Specific information is provided for Employers and Job Seekers
• Employers https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers
and
• Job Seekers - https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-job-seekers

Skills Development Fund
The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.
https://www.twc.texas.gov/partners/skills-development-fund

The Texas Workforce Commission Shared Work
TWC encourages employers to enroll in program as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work program was developed to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19.
https://twc.texas.gov/businesses/shared-work

• Texas Workforce Commission - Rapid Response
The TWC is happy to conduct a Rapid Response information session for affected or potentially affected workers to provide the information they need during this time. Contact rapidresponse@wfscapitalarea.com for Travis County and rapidresponse@ruralcapital.net for the surrounding counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano and Williamson to schedule an information session.
https://twc.texas.gov/businesses/rapid-response

Work In Texas.com
www.workintexas.com

Texas Department of Agriculture
https://www.texasagriculture.gov/NewsEvents/COVID19CoronavirusResponsePa...
• COVID-19 Resource Guide
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E-fmLXuRvhYT_7A4txPFUUQNYZ-C4lbtgBBz...

Texas Department of State Health Services
www.Dshs.texas.gov
https://dshs.texas.gov/Mobile/Mobile.aspx

Texas Restaurant Association
To support independent restaurants, the TX Restaurant Relief Fund will distribute grants of up to $5,000 PER UNIT to immediately support their financial needs. These funds are earmarked specifically for use to keep their doors open and their workers employed.

UPDATE: *Due to overwhelming request for aid, Grant Application acceptance is temporarily suspended.
https://mailchi.mp/txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund

SCORE
For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. 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.
https://www.score.org/coronavirus
• Business Resources & SCORE Operations Update
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/COVID-19--Small-Business-Resources--...

Texas Women’s University grant for Women Owned Businesses
https://twu.edu/news-events/news/1-million-grant-program-to-aid-womens-b...
UPDATE: *All grants have been awarded.

National Resources

https://www.coronavirus.gov/


U.S. Small Business Administration: Assistance & guidance

Guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-lo...
www.sba.gov/disaster

CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/2/9/29fc1ae7-879a-4de0-97...

• Emergency Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Injury Grants (EIDL) (Apply directly with the SBA)
Grants: you can receive a $10k cash advance within 3 days of applying for up to $2m of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) ; according to the government, “the $10k advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.”

UPDATE: *On July 11, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the successful conclusion of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. SBA has now stopped processing EIDL Advance requests, because the program funds have been fully allocated. Having allocated the full $20 billion that was appropriated by Congress, SBA will discontinue making EIDL Advances to new applicants.  By law, the SBA is not permitted to issue new EIDL Advances once all program funding has been obligated. 
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/ec...

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):  This loan will provide economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. 

UPDATE: *EIDL loan applications will still be processed even though the Advance is no longer available.   As a reminder, the loan portion of the EIDL program continues to have funds available at very affordable terms, including a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin.  Every eligible small business and non-profit is encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.
Apply here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/

• Pay Protection Program (PPP) (Apply through approved local lenders)

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will guarantee loans with terms of up to 10 years and interest rates of up to 4% to businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Businesses can qualify for loans of up to $10 million, and the loans will be provided by lenders including banks and credit unions. Eligible businesses can get loan deferment for six months to a year, and the loan may be forgiven if the businesses maintains its payroll for eight weeks at employees’ normal salary levels.

UPDATE: *The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/pa...

Find SBA lenders Near You
https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

• Small Business Debt Relief Program
This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law.
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sb...

• SBA Express Bridge Loans
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sb...
 

LISC COVID Response - support the people and communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. The money raised through our Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund is:

  • Providing grants to women- and minority-owned small businesses that are the backbone of local economies
  • Supporting thousands of community-based organizations that serve clients in need
  • Delivering tech support and infrastructure to help residents and enterprises access work, school, commerce and social connection

www.lisc.org/covid-19/

The HartBeat of Mainstreet Grant Program
Supporting Small Businesses in the Next Phase of Reopening
As the economy continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19, we are committed to supporting small businesses as they work to reopen safely. In partnership with The Hartford, we have created a grant program to support brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis.

https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/hartbeat

UPDATE: Application period is now closed.  A new round of funding will open soon. Stay tuned fo updates.


United States Department of Labor

• Family First Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

• Workplace Safety
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
• Guidance on Preparing the workforce for COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
https://www.eeoc.gov/

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
https://ushcc.com/ushcc-creates-technical-assistance-guide-for-small-bus...

Stand for Small Business
Find offers, tools and expert advice from a growing group of companies dedicated to the success of small business.
https://www.standforsmall.com/?linknav=us-sfs-headernav_landing

Grow with Google
Free training, tools and resources to help you grow your skills, career and business.
https://tinyurl.com/y6bulzrv

Facebook Blueprint
Learn new marketing skills with free online courses.
Explore self-paced and step-by-step tutorials that can help you build your digital marketing knowledge and bring your business online.
https://www.facebook.com/business/learn

Facebook Grants
Small Business Grants Program
We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we’re offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

eBay's Up and Running
eBay Launches “Up & Running” To Immediately Bring Small Businesses Online
https://pages.ebay.com/upandrunning/

eBay's Retail Revival: Helping Small Businesses Thrive
Our innovative Retail Revival program helps train local business owners to sell their unique inventory in a global marketplace, while strengthening ties within their local business community.
https://www.ebayinc.com/impact/retail-revival/

eBay's response to COVID-19 
https://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/covid-19/index.html

Amazon Seller University
Seller University is a series of free training videos created to help you learn how to sell on Amazon. Create product listings faster. Master the key tools and applications. Understand product rules and restrictions. Learn how to take advantage of FBA, advertising, promotions, and more.
https://sell.amazon.com/learn.html#seller-university

Twitter for Business
Learn about the benefits of Twitter for your business and how having a strong presence on Twitter can help you boost brand metrics across the marketing funnel.
https://business.twitter.com/en/basics.html

LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning combines Lynda.com’s high-quality courses with LinkedIn data to give you personalized course recommendations based on your current job, skills, and what professionals like you are learning.
https://www.lynda.com/


Alternative funding & banking solutions


Business & Community Lenders (BCL of Texas)
The BCL of Texas staff is made up of small business and financial specialists, certified housing counselors, and community developers so that we can help guide you to reach your dreams.
https://bcloftexas.org/

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Fund
The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) plays an important role in generating economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation’s most distressed communities.
https://www.cdfifund.gov/Pages/default.aspx

People Fund
PeopleFund provides small business loans to established businesses, nonprofits and start-ups creating economic opportunity and financial stability.
https://peoplefund.org/
 

LiftFund
LiftFund is a non-profit organization that helps finance new small business and startup companies. Get small business loans, SBA loans and microloans.
https://www.liftfund.com/
 

National Restaurant Association
Apply for $500 Aid
Through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

UPDATE *Due to an overwhelming response of more than 60,000 applicants, the Fund is not currently accepting new applications. Our team is working hard to respond to applicants and process applications and has awarded more than 25,000 grants to date.
https://rerf.us/apply-for-aid/

US Chamber of Commerce
https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

Texas Comptroller’s Office
Resources for taxpayers affected by COVID-19
https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/

Export Import Bank of US
EXIM is committed to fully supporting the U.S. exporting community during this crisis.
https://www.exim.gov/coronavirus-response

EDA
https://www.eda.gov/
HUD
https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus
FEMA
https://www.fema.gov/

Best Small Business Loans for Women
https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/best-small-business-loans-for-women

Restore Your Economy
Resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners program.
https://restoreyoureconomy.org/index.php

U.S. Travel Association
https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/covid-19-travel-industry-research

COVID Air Travel Guide
https://millionmilesecrets.com/guides/is-it-safe-to-fly-coronavirus/

COVID-19: A Consumer’s Guide to the Coronavirus
Drugwatch.com is committed to providing reliable information from expert sources to help guide you through the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus, and find important updates on access to medication, health insurance coverage and ways to maintain good mental health.
https://www.drugwatch.com/health/covid-19-consumers-guide/

Articles

Coronavirus Resources

1. COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Small Businesses - https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/coronavirus-sick-leave-smal...
2. Small Business Insurance and Coronavirus - https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/business-insurance-coronavirus/
3. CARES Act for Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus - https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/coronavirus-small-business-...
4. Health Care After Losing Your Job - https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/health/coronavirus-unemployed-health...
5. Relief for Freelancers and Gig Economy Workers - https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/financial-strategies-freela...

 

69% of Businesses Expect to Change Business Model and Incorporate Work from Home

https://www.bisnow.com/new-york/news/commercial-real-estate/new-surveys-...

The 7 Best COVID-19 Resources we’ve discovered so far
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/7-best-covid-19-resources/

List Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Relief Programs

https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/03/20/list-of-coronavirus-covi...

Resources in Spanish
KUT publishes professionally translated Spanish versions of web stories that heavily impact Spanish-speaking communities. Sometimes these stories will be published at the same time as the English versions; in breaking news situations, there might be a lag while translators work.
https://www.kut.org/term/en-espa-ol


 

 

 

 

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