Elgin Chamber of Commerce Blog
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April 17, 2020
To: Chamber Members and Elgin Businesses
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is continuing to provide our community with available resources that we have found that are available during this COVID-19 crisis. Below are resources that have been shared with us by our community partners. We have also included updates from the Governor’s office, City of Elgin and Elgin ISD. Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance.
Save Small Business Fund: An initiative of the US Chamber Foundation
Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.
Click here for more information: https://www.savesmallbusiness.com/#eligibility
PeopleFund: Disaster Relief Program of COVID-19
PeopleFund is standing by to assist our small business community with disaster relief efforts and financial assistance. We now have a suite of quick turn-around, disaster assistance loans to meet your needs as well as payment assistance for current clients.
Click here for more information: https://peoplefund.org/get-a-loan/apply-for-a-loan/
Texas Woman’s University: AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant
Offered to Woman Owned Businesses: The purpose of this grant is to help sustain your business while you are under economic hardship due to COVID-19. The funds can be used for technology upgrades or other items needed to change or adapt your business model. Operating expenses (excluding payment of sales tax, payroll, purchase of food for consumption, penalties and fees, and charitable donations).
Click here for more information: https://twu.edu/center-women-entrepreneurs/assisther-emergency-relief-grant/
Business for All Grants
Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis.
Click here for more information: https://businessforall.helloalice.com/
Google Grant Program for Small Business Advertising
Google is offering $340 million in credits for Google Ads that the company says can be used throughout 2020 across any of Google's advertising platforms. The stated goal is to alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch with their customers.
Click here for more information: https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/9803410
Small Business Relief Initiative
GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
Click here for more information: www.gofundme.com/c/small-business-relief-initiative-and-fund-faqs
Texas Small Business Emergency Micro Grants for Minority Owned Businesses
Click here for more information: http://texasblackexpo.com/
Wellness Relief Fund
Reclamation Ventures opened a grant opportunity to cover one month of missed revenue (up to $2,500) for wellness spaces and wellness instructors that represent underestimated communities. Applications will be open until April 30.
Click here for more information: https://www.reclamationventures.co/apply/relief-fund
Texas Shared Work Program
The Texas Shared Work program allows an employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the employees to receive a portion of their Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. The percentage of reduced hours can be different for different individuals, as long as the reduction in normal weekly hours ranges from 10 percent to 40 percent each week. To apply for the program, log in to Employer Benefits Services and submit your Shared Work Plan online with the Texas Workforce Commission here: https://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/employer-benefits-services
City of Elgin
As a reminder, Bastrop County Order 1 A requires the use of cloth face coverings anywhere outside your home and property. We have signs available for your business. You can print the attached sign from this email or you may pick up a free sign that has been printed by the City of Elgin and Bastrop County. There are two sizes of signs available: a large chloroplast sign and an 8 1/2 x 11 sign printed on cardstock. Both of these signs are available at the Elgin Chamber of Commerce 114 Central Ave.
( Red building across from the gazebo in Veterans Memorial Park). The signs are available in a plastic container outside the Chamber entrance on the porch.
Elgin ISD announces all school campuses closed through the end of the school year.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT:
Governor Abbott has announced that all schools (public, private, charter, colleges/universities) will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Governor Abbott has released Executive Orders regarding re-opening Texas businesses and State Park openings.
See those Orders here: https://gov.texas.gov/ (NOTE: Orders are being updated now so check back and refresh page if needed)
Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses for “Retail to Go”: Today, April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses. Review the DSHS guidance on how to re-open safely for both employees and customers here: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/docs/ReOpenedRetailGuidance.pdf
Elgin Chamber of Commerce
114 Central Ave. / P.O. Box 408
Elgin, Texas 78621
(512) 285-4515 FAX (512) 281-3393
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