"The state of Texas is strong; our people, resilient. As we have seen during past natural disasters, when neighbors help neighbors, our resilience is redoubled. As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly and safely as we re-engage the economy, to continue following all health precautions, and to care for our most vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans."
- Greg Abbott, Gobernador
Texans are battling a colossal challenge – one that has tested lives and livelihoods. The Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Office staff and community partners continue to work together to provide direct assistance and resource referrals to Texas businesses to overcome this crisis. We are also focused on recovery and the next steps to position our state and businesses for future success. Governor Greg Abbott and the Strike Force to Open Texas are diligently working to safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State. A series of phased business openings have allowed Texas businesses to reopen with certain occupancy limitations and minimum health standard protocols: Open Texas Checklists. For additional news and resources regarding the State's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), go to gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.
Pequeñas Empresas de Texas
ACTUALIZACIÓN DEL COVID-19:
UPDATE: On June 26, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state's effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order includes:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 p.m. on June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and takeout, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
Businesses should follow the minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Guidance for employers and employees, as well as Open Texas Checklists by business type, can be found on the Open Texas Website.
Recursos en Español
Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (Español)
- Small Business Disaster Relief (Español)
- Small Business Owners Requesting Loan Reconsideration, please e-mail: PDC.Reconsideration@sba.gov
Center for Disease Control
- Businesses and Workplaces (Español)
- Preparing your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of the Effects of COVID-19 (Español)
- #COVID-19 en Español YouTube (VIDEOS)
Texas Workforce Commission
EIDL Application Reopened
The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance loans to all eligible businesses on June 15, 2020. This change was made after applications were closed to non-agricultural small businesses in late May. The EIDL is designed to provide long-term, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Organizations looking for more information and application instructions can visit the SBA's Disaster Loan Webpage.
Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Congress approved an additional $310 billion in appropriations for the PPP loan initiative through an amendment to the CARES Act. Eligible small businesses should work with an approved lender to apply and should carefully review PPP regulations and certifications required to obtain a loan on the SBA’s website.
The SBA posted a new PPP loan forgiveness application, implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers.
Main Street Lending Program
The Main Street Lending Program was established by the Federal Reserve System to support lending to small- and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan terms are up to $25 million at 5%, over 4 years, with payments deferred for the first year. Businesses can apply through eligible lenders, which include U.S. banks, savings and loans and credit unions, U.S. branches or agencies of foreign banks and any U.S. subsidiary of a foreign bank. The Federal Reserve is currently working to create the infrastructure necessary to operationalize the Program. Businesses should stay in touch with their bank for details on when the program is likely to open and continue to check the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program webpage and program FAQs.
Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) may also be able to provide assistance. Find a CDFI near you by utilizing the CDFI Finder. Please continue to check with your local and regional economic development organization for local resources which may be available, as well as your local financial institutions.
Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas
La Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas cuenta con recursos adicionales en su página web para empleadores sobre el Coronavirus (COVID-19): twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers
Skills Development Fund: COVID-19 Initiative
Texas businesses impacted by COVID-19 may receive training for existing employees and new hires. TWC's Skills Development Fund pays for the training through partnerships with eligible applicants, which may include public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). There is a total of $10 million available in grant funds for applicants that can address the training needs of business partners. The program staff works with businesses and training providers to support application development and submission. For more information, download the program PDF flyer, or visit the TWC website.
Governor's Small Business Webinar Series
The Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Office has launched a series of webinars to provide Texas small businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources they need during this crisis. Businesses will receive timely, relevant, actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources and will connect with local experts and support systems. Visit gov.texas.gov/business/events to see upcoming webinars, or sign-up for our Small Business Updates to be notified as soon as new dates are announced.
Did you miss a previous webinar? All Governor's Small Business Webinar Series playbacks are available on YouTube, and presentations from previous events can be downloaded below:
- Central Texas
- North Texas
- South Texas
- East Texas
- West Texas
- Business Strategy for an Evolving Future: May 20
- Business Strategy for an Evolving Future: June 4
Empleados de Texas
Si su empleo se ha visto afectado por COVID-19, la Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas (o TWC por sus siglas en inglés) lo alienta a solicitar beneficios mediante el uso del portal de reclamos en línea o llamando al Tele-Center al 800-939-6631 de 7 am a 7 pm, Hora Estándar Central, de lunes a viernes.
TWC puede estar experimentando mayores volúmenes de llamadas y tiempos de espera en las líneas telefónicas de Tele-Center. Le recomendamos que use el portal de reclamos en línea, Servicios de Beneficios de Desempleo (UBS), para manejar sus necesidades de reclamo rápidamente. UBS está disponible las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana. También puede suscribirse a la correspondencia electrónica para poder recibir comunicaciones de la TWC en línea lo antes posible.
TWC investigará por qué perdió su trabajo y enviará una decisión por correo explicando si es elegible para beneficios de desempleo.
Guidance for Self-Employed
The CARES Act includes provisions for temporary coverage of individuals who have exhausted their entitlement to regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) and individuals who are not eligible for regular UC, such as individuals who are self-employed or have limited recent work history. Self-employed individuals looking to file a claim are directed to do so online via Unemployment Benefits Services, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 1-800-939-6631.
The Texas economy is resilient and employers around the state are currently looking to fill open positions. Visit our webpage at gov.texas.gov/business/jobs for information on local workforce and job resources.
Todos los Tejanos
Governor Abbott's plan to Open Texas allows certain services and activities to open with limited occupancy. The Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow, which can be found in the Open Texas Checklists
El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas recomienda estas acciones diarias para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de cualquier virus respiratorio, incluyendo el COVID-19:
- Lávese las manos con frecuencia durante 20 segundos y anime a otros a hacer lo mismo.
- Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use desinfectante para manos con al menos 60% de alcohol.
- Cubra la tos y los estornudos con un pañuelo desechable, luego bótelo.
- Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar.
- Desinfecte las superficies, botones, manijas, perillas y otros lugares los cuales toca con frecuencia.
- Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
- Practica el distanciamiento social. Esto incluye evitar las multitudes y minimizar el contacto físico
Updated as of June 29, 2020