COVID-19 Updates, Resources for TX Small Businesses

Date: April 03, 2020

LISTEN: Texas Workforce Commission on COVID-19

NFIB State Director Annie Spilman spoke with Aaron Demerson, the commissioner representing employers, about the impact the novel coronavirus is having on Texas’ small businesses. Click here to listen.

Update on paycheck protection loans

The SBA has updated their website with information on the paycheck protection program loans. The loans are 100% forgivable if all employees are kept on the payroll and other stipulations are met. Learn more hear.

Governor renews, amends order on social distancing

On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order directed all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

The executive order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants.

The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking, and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. 

Read the governor’s executive order here.

Texas Workforce Commission FAQ

The commissioner representing employers has created a FAQ (list of frequently asked questions) concerning the coronavirus. Click here to read it.

SBA loans

NFIB hosted a webinar on March 23 with information on emergency loans for small businesses impacted by the response to the coronavirus. Watch it here. You may click here for answers to frequently asked questions concerning the small business emergency loans.

The Texas Workforce Commission also has a site with important information for Texas businesses, including a FAQ specifically for employers. Click here to visit TWC’s COVID-19 website.

If you have any questions, contact NFIB State Director Annie Spilman at [email protected], or visit our Texas contact page.

Just the FAQs

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has created a website answering frequently asked questions about how small businesses should respond to the coronavirus. Read it here. 

Latest updates from state officials

The State of Texas has COVID-19 website with the latest information on executive orders and other information affecting business owners. Here’s the link.

   Governor: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus

   Comptroller: https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/

   Texas Workforce Commission: https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers

   Texas Department of Insurance: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/news/2020/coronavirus-updates.html

   Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm

National information

As small businesses grapple with the coronavirus, NFIB is dedicated to being their voice. We are continuing to track the latest from healthcare officials and congress. Click here for the latest information.

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