Small Business Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term economic injury disaster loans (EIDLs) to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. For additional information, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.  

Three easy steps:

1. Apply for Loan at disasterloans.sba.gov/ela

2. Loan Processing Decision Made

3. Loan Closed and Funds Disbursed

SBA Informational Documents

Small Business Development Centers 

America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) work in partnership with the US Small Business Administration.  They provide local support for small businesses, including FREE business consulting year-round.  Weatherford’s local branch is SBDC at Tarleton State University.  Contact them by phone at 254-968-0558 or email tsusbdc@tarleton.edu. Throughout this time, the SBDC is continually providing information for employers and job seekers.  We will continue to post these below.

SBDC Covid-19 small business resources can be found here.  
COVID-19 unemployment information can be found here.  

National Federation of Independent Business: the voice of small business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners.  NFIB provides regular updates on the status of federal legislation pertaining to Coronavirus.  Click here to learn more.  NFIB also has Small Business Coronavirus Resources that can be found here.
 

CDC: Interim guidance for businesses and employers 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an interim guide to assist businesses and employers plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus Disease.  The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. 

Small business offers, services, and grants

Dropbox for businesses  

Dropbox is currently offering a free 30-day Dropbox Business Subscription to aid businesses in working remote, staying connected, and more . Learn more on their website here.  

Facebook 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 are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. We’ll share more details as they become available. APPLY NOW

Fiverr:  Learn how to take your business online - now for free

To help your business face the challenges presented by the Coronavirus outbreak, fiverr is offering 4 premium courses for free, and for a limited time.  START NOW

Forbes:  List of Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19

Forbes has compiled and continues to update a list of national banks that have implemented measures to help ease financial burdens.  Click here for the most current list.  

Placer.ai:  Retail Impact Tracker for COVID-19 - now for free

During this period of uncertainty, Placer.ai wanted to provide the world with some valuable insights into the current state of the retail landscape. Our hope is that the community can tap into these insights to keep the current pulse of the market. With that, we’re excited to announce the launch of our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Retail Impact Tracker, free for all.


Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts offers assistance 

The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. The agency is dedicated to offering assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.  For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the Texas Comptroller’s office is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.  Visit their COVID-19 Help page for more info.  

Contact the Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.

Federal Income Tax Filing Date Deferred to July 15   

Federal income tax returns, along with Federal income tax payments, that were due April 15, 2020, have been automatically postponed to July 15, 2020 without any interest or penalties. Originally, the IRS was allowing tax payments to be deferred until July 15, but returns would still be have been required to have been filed by April 15, but this was later revised to also extend the filing of tax returns to July 15. Learn more.

Federal Tax Credit for Require Paid Leave  

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed into law on March 18, 2020, allows small and midsize employers two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing the act’s required Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. All businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to receive funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation is designed to enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

Eligible employers who pay qualifying sick or child care leave will be able to retain an amount of the payroll taxes equal to the amount of qualifying sick and child care leave that they paid, rather than deposit them with the IRS. The payroll taxes that are available for retention include withheld federal income taxes, the employee share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the employer share of Social Security and Medicare taxes with respect to all employees.  Learn more (including examples) on the tax credits.

Texas Workforce Commission - Preventing and Managing Layoffs

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to enroll in Shared Work 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.  For more information on the Shared Work Program or to apply for the program, click here.  Other tips for preventing and managing layoffs can be found here.  

TWC resources for employers can be found here.
TWC resources for job seekers can be found here.

Updates from State Representative Phil King

March 19, 2020
March 25, 2020

Videos and Webinars

Tips on SBA Disaster Loan application (Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce)
Basic tools, resources and rules to keep your team motivated while working remotely (Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce)
COVID-19 Retail Impact webinar (Placer.ai)