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UPDATED: Local COVID-19 Resources for La Grange Businesses

 

La Grange EDC Establishes Emergency Small Business Programs as a Response to COVID-19

As La Grange small businesses continue to suffer financial fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of La Grange's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has approved funding for a variety of emergency small business programs.

NEW: La Grange EDC Utilities Grant for Businesses Impacted by Executive Orders

The La Grange EDC has designated $40,000 to expand the City of La Grange utilities grant to help cover utility costs associated with small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Independently owned and operated with a maximum of 50 employees
  • Physical and publicly accessible commercial location within the City limits of La Grange
  • Operations limited or suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions enacted through Governor Abbot’s and Fayette County Judge Joe Weber’s COVID-19 executive orders including the following businesses:
    • Retail (storefront)
    • Personal care (barbershop, hair salon, nail salon, fitness, etc.)
    • Hotels/Motels
    • Bars
    • Medical / Dental Offices that have been closed to non-emergency services

Grants will be awarded at a maximum of $500 for each business to help cover the cost of City of La Grange utility bills associated with a small businesses’ account. The business account for the utility bill will be verified by the City of La Grange utilities department. Only one grant will be awarded per commercial location/address. Applicants will be asked to explain on the application how the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Funding will be considered until all resources have been allocated.  The application deadline is Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

For program details and application CLICK HERE.

UPDATE: La Grange EDC COVID-19 Emergency Forgivable Microloan Fund

In order to assist local businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, the EDC Board approved $100,000 in funding to establish the EDC COVID-19 Emergency Forgivable Microloan program. These forgivable microloans were underwritten, approved, and serviced by a non-profit, BCL of Texas, with 30 years of lending experience in serving rural communities. The forgivable microloan proceeds could be used to cover rent, utilities, payroll and/or other operating expenses.

The program was very successful and La Grange EDC was able to disperse all funding in forgivable loans to forty (40) local businesses. These funds helped bridge the financial gap while some businesses continue to wait for federal resources. 

UPDATE: La Grange EDC Utilities Grant for Restaurants

The La Grange EDC designated $10,500 to a Utilities Grant Fund to assist locally-owned independent restaurants within the City limits of La Grange with a grant of $500 each to help cover the cost of utility bills.

The Utilities Grant program for restaurants was very successful. Through this program, La Grange EDC was able to award grants to eighteen (18) local restaurants.

 

 

UPDATE: Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund

The Texas Restaurant Association has established the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund. The fund is designed to provide restaurants that have been affected by COVID-19 a grant of up to $5,000 to be able to continue operations and pay employees.

La Grange EDC has made a $10,000 donation to the fund that will be earmarked for La Grange restaurants. Five (5) La Grange businesses were able to apply for the grant during the first round of open applications and some have already received confirmation that they will be funded. At least four (4) more La Grange restaurants applied during the second round of open applications.

In addition to the donation from the EDC for the fund, we have received donations from Fayette Savings, National Bank & Trust, Pioneer Bank, Prosperity Bank, and Round Top State Bank.

To help raise additional funds for the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund, the City of La Grange's Office of Community Development is accepting donations from individuals and organizations for the fund.  Checks should be made out to: Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation with Donation to TX Restaurant Relief Fund - La Grange in the memo line and mailed to the Office of Community Development, City Hall, 155 E. Colorado St., La Grange, TX  78945.  The office will mail all of the checks to the Texas Restaurant Association to be credited to assist La Grange restaurants.

For additional information on any of these programs, please contact the City of La Grange's Office of Community Development at 979-968-3017.

 

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Business Resources for COVID-19



The City of La Grange’s Office of Community Development is committed to providing you information and resources to assist you during this current unprecedented situation. As we weather the coronavirus pandemic, we know both individuals and businesses are seeing economic impacts. We want to let you know that we're here, we're open, and we're ready to support you. Out of an abundance of caution for the health of both our staff and visitors, city leadership has closed our building (the Historic Casino Call) to the public but we continue to provide services by email and by phone.

UPDATE: March 27, 2020 - 

Here are some additional resources that came out this week:

Update on Texas Resources & Other Services for Individuals and Small Businesses
Economic Development & Tourism staff and community partners are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of health officials and government agencies.
https://gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus 

House Sends $2 trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package to President
A historic $2 trillion economic recovery package will be sent to the president's desk for signature after House lawmakers passed the bipartisan bill Friday afternoon. The legislation, known as the CARES Act, is the third aid package from Congress during the growing coronavirus pandemic. This relief package includes direct payments to Americans, an aggressive expansion of unemployment insurance and billions in business loans and aid to hospitals.
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/27/822062909/house-aims-to-send-2-trillion-rescue-package-to-president-to-stem-coronavirus-cr
For more details on assistance to small businesses:
https://ntcic.com/news-blog/federal-stimulus-small-business-support/

$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

FEDERAL RESOURCES

SBA Disaster Loans

Governor Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps: Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility. 

THOSE APPLYING WILL NEED TO REFERENCE THE SBA'S DECLARATION NUMBER FOR THIS LOAN, WHICH IS TEXAS #16381.

Here are the five documents on the website you will need to complete:

  1. IRS Form 4506-T
  2. Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)
  3. Schedule of Liabilities & Fixed Assets (SBA Form 2202)
  4. Monthly Sales (SBA Form 1368)
  5. Home Loan (SBA Form 5c), if applicable

Below is the list of ten documents you should assemble and scan to prepare for uploading them into the EIDL website:

  1. Corporate governance documents; e.g., Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization (for LLC), or Registration of Sole Proprietorship
  2. A written narrative statement justifying the nature and scope of economic injury and how/why nature of the business was adversely impacted by the Coronavirus ( one page/no more than two), such loss of revenues, canceled contracts, interrupted supply chain, etc.
  3. Current Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Aging as of the date of filing for the loan
  4. Three (3) years’ 1040 Federal Income Tax Returns for the business & owners
  5. Three (3) years’ company FYE Income Statement and Balance Sheet and the latest YTD Financial Statements (Company prepared)
  6. Company and Owners’ Debt Schedule Tables [e.g., Lender, original loan amt., date, current balance, interest rate (F or V?), collateral, the purpose of the loan, guarantors, status (e.g., current or past due with explanation) per row in the table]
  7. Monthly (reasonably detailed) two (2) years cash flow projections
  8. Three (3) years’ Monthly Sales History up to date of filing for a loan
  9. Current copies of owners’ credit reports from the three (3) credit bureaus with explanations for any negative reports
  10. Required SBA Forms (of all Owners, Co-owners & Principals owning 20% or more of the small business): IRS Form 4506-T, Personal Financial Statement (only on SBA Form 413), Schedule of Liabilities and Fixed Assets (SBA Form 2202), Monthly Sales (SBA Form 1368), Home Loan (SBA Form 5c)

Go to www.disasterloan.sba.gov to complete your profile and download forms.

Apply for Disaster Assistance Guidelines for Small Business

Internal Revenue Service

The federal tax return filing deadline is now July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.

COVID-19 GENERAL INFO

IRS PAYMENT PLAN IRS FILING EXTENSION 

The Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve: Commercial Paper Funding Facility to support the flow of credit to households and businesses.

FRB Press RELEASE

The U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies.

Employment Resources Preparing Workplaces

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Organizations Businesses Community Events


STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES


Office of the Governor 

Visit their website for a comprehensive list of resources and important COVID-19 updates.

VISIT


Texas Workforce Commission 

Visit their website for resources available to employers and job seekers impacted by the COVID-19.

If an individual’s employment has been affected by COVID-19 they may apply for benefits either online by using the Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) or by calling TWC at 800.939.6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. UBS can be accessed at any time. For additional information, visit TWC’swebsite.

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS  RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS

SHARED WORK PROGRAM - PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT


Texas Department of Insurance

Visit their website for a comprehensive list of resources and important COVID-19 updates
.

VISIT

Workforce Solutions - Rural Capital Area 

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is available to assist with outplacement services or layoff aversion strategies. They offer a no-cost service to re-connect affected workers to new employment and provide information on Unemployment Benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

VISIT

 

BCL of Texas  

BCL of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization providing lending, homeownership, entrepreneurship, and community development programs to fulfill our mission of Building Strong Communities across Texas.

VISIT


Texas State - Small Business Development Center Network

The Texas State University SBDC is actively seeking guidance on technical assistance regarding the "Economic Injury" declaration resulting from COVID-19 economic impact. This website will be updated as information is made available.  

VISIT


OTHER RESOURCES

Please contact the Community Development office at 979-968-3017 if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help.

 
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COVID-19: The Latest Information for Businesses & Employees

Shared Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs During COVID-19

Shared Work allows employers to supplement their employees’ wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. Under the program, employers can reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in an affected unit by at least 10 percent but not more than 40 percent. Shared Work unemployment benefits are payable to employees who qualify for and participate in an approved Shared Work Plan. Workers may choose not to participate. Employees who qualify will receive both wages and Shared Work unemployment benefits.

For more information visit click here.

Also, visit the TWC website for more information about other available programs by clicking the links below:
Resources for Employers
Resources for Job Seekers
Resources for Child Care


Jobs Now

Workforce Solutions - Rural Capital Area is contacting individuals that have been laid off to jobs that are available in our area. Go to https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/jobs-now to search available positions by county. If you are an employer who would like to have your openings added to this page, please email our Business Services Team at 
businessservices@ruralcapital.net.

 

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