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Posted on: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

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At the Levelland Economic Development Corporation, Levelland Main Street, and City of Levelland, we are striving to keep up with the ever-changing business assistance information from a variety of different sources. The current mission of these organizations is to help our small businesses and their employees regain their footing through this unprecedented time. We want to encourage you to research and utilize this assistance. We recommend you consult with your accountant, bookkeeper or attorney to see which program is best for you.  

We are happy to help you navigate this sea of information! Feel free to give the LEDC a call at 806-568-5400 or Main Street at 806-894-9079. We can help you sift through information from the Small Business Association (SBA), Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Restaurant Association, US Chamber Organization and US Travel Industries. There are also numerous grant opportunities available through private companies and organizations for which you may be eligible. You are not alone! We are all in this together, so let’s work together to get us through.

Below are some of the links to see what business and employment assistance is available.



Links for Coronavirus Resources






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SBA Link

EIDL Disaster Loan

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Thorough guide in regards to applying for the SBA disaster loan






SBA Payroll Protection

https://www.anb.com/SBA-Payroll-Protection-Program.aspx






Covid - 19 Resource List

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E-fmLXuRvhYT_7A4txPFUUQNYZ-C4lbtgBBzvw8lKzM/edit?






SBA Disaster Fund


https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance






Frequently Asked Questions

https://twc.texas.gov/files/agency/faq-texas-employers-twc.docx

Coronavirus Information & Resources for Texas Employers Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers






U.S. Government’s response

https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus






Texas Workforce Assistance

https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers#unemploymentBenefits

Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers






Texas Restaurant Association

https://www.txrestaurant.org/news/texas-restaurant-association-launches-tx-restaurant-relief-fund?fbclid=IwAR2as3lMD7_Cr39JHnXl1ISA-hx9paE-K83EeZ-kfm5iJ58OpxNGDBVBIm0






Texas Restaurant Association

https://mailchi.mp/txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund






U S Chamber.com


https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus






US Travel.org

https://www.ustravel.org/press/us-travel-reacts-house-passage-coronavirus-relief-package?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3%2E27%2E20%20CARES%20Act%20RD&utm_campaign=ust



Grants & Other Resources:


$1 Million Grant Program to Aid Women’s Businesses Hurt by COVID-19 - News & Events - Texas Woman’s University

Women-owned small businesses in Texas suffering financial losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic were thrown a lifeline today after the Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University announced a million-dollar grant program to help get them back on their feet.

https://twu.edu/news-events/news/1-million-grant-program-to-aid-womens-businesses-hurt-by-covid-19/

Facebook Provides Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to small businesses experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19.

https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

Verizon and LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Come Together to Support Small Businesses with COVID-19 Recovery Fund

An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

https://www.lisc.org/our-stories/story/verizon-and-lisc-fire-25-million-small-business-covid-19-recovery-fund

Yelp’s COVID-19 Response and Support for Local Businesses

Yelp announces $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services, during this period.

https://blog.yelp.com/2020/03/yelp-covid-19-response-and-support-for-local-businesses

GoFundMe Launches Small Business Relief Initiative

The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/smallbusinessrelieffund

The James Beard Foundation launches the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.

https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/relief-fund

JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses.

https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/news/pr/jpmc-makes-50mm-philanthropic-investment-to-address-impacts-of-covid-19.htm

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.

https://www.kabbage.com/helpsmallbusiness

MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown.

https://mainvest.com/main-street-initiative

Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans.

https://www.opportunityfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Opportunity-Fund-_Covid-19-response_3.11.20.pdf

Hub City Small Business Triage, Texas Tech University

Toll Free: 1-800-992-7232  

https://www.hcsbt.org/

Destination Creation Course, Who is interested in an opportunity to improve your business starting NOW? Want to make your business stand out? Grow sales? Attract more customers?  Jon Schallert and trained Facilitators are offering the “Destination Creation” course with special COVID-19 pricing.  It is applicable to any type business--retail, restaurant, service, you name it.  Facilitators partnering with Jon Schallert, creator of the Destination Creation Business model, will bring you several classes in the next few weeks at varying times. These classes will be offered online.  Sound OK, but not a good time? Elsie McMurray Russell of Denison’s "2 Chicks Home & Market" took advantage of his Boot Camp right after an October fire and was glad she did. There is no better time than the present. Follow her lead!

Check out this opportunity at www.successfulindependentbusiness.com




City of Levelland Stay Home- Stay Safe Order

http://www.ci.levelland.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/3395/Stay-Home--Stay-Safe-FINAL?bidId=


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