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March 27, 2020



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), third in a line of stimulus bills, has been approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. As details continue to emerge, Philadelphia Insurance Companies wants to be sure our clients are aware of the immediate benefits provided by the CARES Act.

What does it mean for my organization?

  • Emergency grants: An emergency grant of up to $10,000 to provide funds for small businesses and nonprofits to cover immediate operating costs. These funds can be available within three days.
  • Forgivable loans: The bill creates a new loan program within the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) current Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. It provides up to $10 million per organization […]
CARES ACT Passes, HOW TO APPLY HERE.2020-04-03T18:40:08-05:00

Nonprofit Grant from United Way & Austin Community Foundation


Good afternoon everyone,

Austin Community Foundation and United Way are raising and distributing funds to organizations working with individuals and families who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. These grants are for organizations in our 5 county area, which includes Williamson County. This is an excellent opportunity for Central Texas to work together as we fight this crazy pandemic and the uncertainty that goes with it. God Bless and stay safe!!

Thank you for your selflessness as you give back to our community on a unimaginable scale!

Phase 1: Rapid Response Grants

Grants of up to $25,000 focused on direct services for:

Nonprofit Grant from United Way & Austin Community Foundation2020-03-27T15:48:27-05:00

Cares Act passes Senate. On to the House.


WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) supported Senate passage of the CARES Act, critical legislation to get relief to Texans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpts of his speech on the Senate floor yesterday are below, and video can be found here.  A summary of how the bill will benefit Texans follows the excerpts.

“Already we were able to work and send two bills to the President’s desk for signature. The first sent vital support to health care professionals and first responders who are doing everything they can to treat patients and prepare for more cases. We also provided initial funding for development of a vaccine, clinical trials, and more diagnostic tests. The second bill we passed focused more on the small businesses and the individual workers who are impacted economically.”



Cares Act passes Senate. On to the House.2020-03-26T11:39:23-05:00

Texas Can Now Apply for Disaster Loans


Small Businesses throughout the entire state of Texas are now eligible to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

“I’m encouraged by the collaboration between the Texas Governor’s Office and the SBA Disaster Team to rapidly make this recovery funding available to small businesses and nonprofits statewide,” said Justin Crossie, South Central Regional Administrator. 

Small businesses are beginning to feel the impact from the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).  In addition to the decline in business for retailers and restaurants due to the lack of travel and tourism, some businesses are experiencing challenges related to disruption in their supply chains or export markets.

“Our goal is to help as many small businesses as we can,” said Anthony […]

Texas Can Now Apply for Disaster Loans2020-03-20T15:54:19-05:00

Small Business Covid 19 FAQ

Small business/Covid-19 FAQ
Here are some of your questions and their answers. These were put together by the County and by Rep. John Carter’s office. We appreciate their help during these times.
Unemployment questions
There have been several questions about unemployment benefits, options for workers, etc. The Texas Workforce Commission has set up a dedicated site to address those questions. There is an e-mail update list that you can sign up for on that site as well.  Please also check out our Blog Post on the Shared Work program…it is a great resource.
Have any deadlines been postponed for sales tax payments? 
The short answer is no. February sales tax payment is still due to the […]
Small Business Covid 19 FAQ2020-03-20T11:58:08-05:00

Shared Work Program from Texas Workforce Commission


Today I want to share a few more details about this program as I think it might be one of the best options during this scary time.  I know this will all pass, and this program seems to me a great option to help businesses that need to temporarily cut back.  As always, please reach out to us if you have questions or need more information.

The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

Shared Work allows employers to:

  • Supplement their employees’ wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits.
  • Reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in […]
Shared Work Program from Texas Workforce Commission2020-03-19T13:02:01-05:00

Diaster Loan Assistance from SBA & Facebook Grants


On our Chamber Coffee call today we discussed Disaster Loan Assistance and Facebook grants for small businesses.  The info for both of these is below.  Our next call will be tomorrow at 11 am.  The call info has been emailed to all of our members.

  1. Register with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM):  The SBA has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities.  Before a business can become eligible to receive funds, the county in which it resides must first meet an economic impact threshold.  The Governor’s Office and TDEM are currently working with SBA to qualify counties for this declaration, and we expect it […]
Diaster Loan Assistance from SBA & Facebook Grants2020-03-18T11:48:25-05:00