May 22, 2020

Leander tops Census Bureau list of fastest-growing large U.S. cities from 2018-19

2020-05-22T10:22:02-05:00
From 2018-19, Leander was the fastest-growing large city in the U.S., according to data made public late May 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

From July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, Leander’s population grew by 12% to 62,208 residents, according to census data.

Bridget Brandt, president and CEO of the Leander Chamber of Commerce, listed several reasons for Leander’s list-topping growth.

“Because Leander is simply amazing,” she said. “We have a great cost of living, an incredible variety of home options, an amazing school district, incredible health care and Hill Country views. It really can’t be beat.”

Leander was joined […]

Leander tops Census Bureau list of fastest-growing large U.S. cities from 2018-19 2020-05-22T10:22:02-05:00

Making sure you use your PPP properly.

2020-05-21T14:32:21-05:00

The PPP Forgiveness Application.

Q. What should I do first once I have the funds?

A. We are recommending that you set up a separate bank account with only those funds entering and leaving it.  This will allow you to easily track your expenses and how they were utilized.

 

The following Q&A is provided by .

 

Q. Assuming I properly received PPP funds, what can I spend it on?

A. The allowable uses of PPP loan funds are as follows:

  • 75% of the PPP loan funds must be used for payroll costs for U.S. resident employees (salaries are capped at $100,000 per employee),
  • The remaining 25% may be spent on:
    • Costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid […]
Making sure you use your PPP properly. 2020-05-21T14:32:21-05:00

Wilco Forward COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

2020-05-06T10:44:18-05:00
Williamson County has launched Wilco Forward, a grant program funded through the approximately $93 million the County received from the CARES Act and pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Ch 381.
Applications will be accepted starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The deadline for applications for Phase 1 is June 30, 2020.
In Phase 1 of Wilco Forward, the County has set aside $25 million for grants to Williamson County small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum amount any business can receive is $30,000. Grants will be processed and funded in order received […]

Wilco Forward COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program 2020-05-06T10:44:18-05:00

April 29, 2020

Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval 

2020-05-01T11:37:48-05:00
Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Governor Abbott announced his […]

Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval  2020-05-01T11:37:48-05:00

City of Leander Covid 19 Grant Program Just Launched

2020-04-09T17:29:54-05:00

Grant Program Background

On April 8th, the Leander City Council approved a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program to provide working capital for personnel costs, rent, utilities and critical business equipment or supplies for existing small businesses within the city of Leander, Texas, that are experiencing a loss of business due to the COVID-19 crisis. The city’s existing Old Town Incentive Grant, which has $208,000 in unused funds in 2020, will serve as the program’s funding source.

Qualified applicants will be eligible for economic development grants in the amount of $2,500 and $5,000, for businesses who can demonstrate direct negative impacts on their business related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Award amounts will depend on demonstrated factors such as financial need, total number of […]

City of Leander Covid 19 Grant Program Just Launched 2020-04-09T17:29:54-05:00

Answers to your employee questions from TWC.

2020-04-06T17:30:29-05:00

A recorded video from earlier today.  The Town Hall video session is a great opportunity for local employers to get answers for their immediate business services and employment law questions amid coronavirus (COVID19) concerns.

The event featured Texas Workforce Commission Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson, and his team, our CEO, Paul Fletcher, as well as our former Board Member, Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of the Economic Development and Tourism Division in the Office of the Governor, and her team.

You can watch it and share the video from our website: https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/blog/virtual-town-hall-held-for-rural-capital-area-employers

We can’t thank them enough for taking part and creating value for our local employers.  If you continue to have questions, you can contact […]

Answers to your employee questions from TWC. 2020-04-06T17:30:29-05:00

Detailed Guides for the Cares Act, Easy to Use Flowchart

2020-04-03T18:37:16-05:00

Attached you will find several excellent PDFs designed to help you navigate the Cares Act…if you still have questions, we encourage you to call the chamber or join one of our M,W, F Chamber chats.  In addition, we can provide you with bankers/banks that are accepting new SBA customers. Let us up you navigate because together we are Leander Strong.

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Easy to Use Flowchart

Small Business PPP Loan Guide

Employee Retention Credit Guide

SBA EIDL Guide

Detailed Guides for the Cares Act, Easy to Use Flowchart 2020-04-03T18:37:16-05:00

March 30, 2020

Temporary Signs ALLOWED and Residential & Commercial Construction Declared Essential in Leander, TX

2020-03-30T12:34:37-05:00

Now through April 18, Leander Mayor Troy Hill has reduced the city’s sign regulations for essential business advertising and declared local critical infrastructure to include residential and commercial construction. View the order.

Signs used in Leander to advertise an essential business, as defined by the current stay-at-home orders of either Williamson County(link is external) or Travis County(link is external), will not require a local permit during the period of this order if they comply with the limited restrictions.

“These actions should allow more flexibility in the promotion of essential business services, especially for our restaurants,” said Hill. “But we also have to do more. I […]

Temporary Signs ALLOWED and Residential & Commercial Construction Declared Essential in Leander, TX 2020-03-30T12:34:37-05:00

CARES ACT Passes, HOW TO APPLY HERE.

2020-04-03T18:40:08-05:00

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