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Collin CARES: Economic Recovery and Assistance

 On August 24, 2020, The Commissioners Court approved the Collin CARES Small Business Grant Program, setting aside $15 million of CARES Act funds for businesses physically operating within Collin County, exclusive of the City of Dallas.

Up to a $25,000 grant per business will be awarded for eligible businesses that experienced a gross revenue loss of greater than 15% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses will receive up to $5,000 unless documentation is provided showing actual incurred costs of up to the $25,000 maximum. These grants are taxable.

An online application link will be posted here on September 4, 2020. 

Texas Return to Work Initiative

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), the North Texas Commission (NTC), and a growing list of other Texas business and economic development stakeholders to launch the Texas Return to Work Initiative, a direct response to meet employer and employee needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Results of this survey will help assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local, regional, and statewide economies and gain a deeper understanding of the needs and concerns of Texas businesses overall. These local and statewide results will be used to inform upcoming policy and resource discussions.

To provide essential insight into the impacts of COVID-19 on your community’s businesses and major employers, please complete this quick, 10-minute survey here.

City of Anna

Information on city building closures, updated public meetings, utility billing, and municipal court.

Anna ISD

Anna ISD campuses are closed indefinately. More information is available on the district’s webpage. 

Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce is posting updates to the website as well as the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterAnnaChamber/

The Chamber has also created a survey to assess how local businesses are doing and ways in which we may assist. You can fill out the survey online here.

Collin County

Collin County Judge Chris Hill  issued a “work safe” executive order effective March 24. On May 11, the Collin County Commissioners Court approved the distribution of direct financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries; increased COVID-19 testing; personal protective equipment; and, COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts for cities and towns. An application for housing and living assistance as well as COVID-19 testing for the uninsured can be found here.

Food Pantries Serving Anna Residents:

  1. Four Corners Outreach Alliance, 15642 TX-160, Blue Ridge, TX 75424 (972) 752-5320
  2. North Texas Food Bank, 3677 Mapleshade Ln, Plano, TX 75075 (214) 330-1396

Texas Restaurant Association

Restaurant owners and employees may find the many resources from legislative updates, human resources and employment, as well as general business information helpful. The Texas Restaurant Relief Fund has also been established for restaurants in need.

According to GA-18, restaurants may reopen their dining spaces with the necessary health protocols beginning May 1. TRA has created reopening recommendation, which may be viewed here.

 

City of Anna

Greater Anna Chamber

Anna ISD

 Small Businesses and Nonprofits

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

Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created by the stimulus bill in March. The new act allocates $60 billion in PPP loans for medium, small, and community lenders and another $60 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program that offers loans up to $2 million.

Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL or PPP 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.

Collin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Collin SBDC is open and assisting clients and small businesses of our community. For immediate assistance:

New Clients, please complete the Client Needs Assessment and a staff member will connect with you shortly.
Existing Clients, please email your Business Advisor directly.
General questions, please email SBDC@collin.edu

Texas Workforce Commission

Any Texas employer laying off workers may request Rapid Response services for their employees. If the number of affected workers is small, employers should direct the workers to their Workforce Solutions office where they can receive Rapid Response services. Contact McKinney TWC Office at (972) 542-3381.

Office of the Texas Governor

Get the most up-to-date information on how the State of Texas is responding to the pandemic, including executive orders.

According to GA-29 “Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply [in 11 enumerated circumstances listed in the order].”

All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The Texans Helping Texans booklet further outlines the orders and minimum health protocols. 

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Texas. Specific information related to reopening, including minimum health protocols can be found here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The latest information from the United States Government on COVID-19.

EDC/CDC Staff Contacts:

Joey Grisham

Economic Development Director

joey@opportunityannatx.com

214-831-5394

Taylor Lough

Economic Development Manager

taylor@opportunityannatx.com

214-831-5321

The Anna CDC and EDC understand that we are in unprecedented times. In order to provide the most up-to-date information, we have developed the above list of website links that may be of assistance to you, your business, and/or your employees. Please let us know if you have additional resources, questions, or comments. Thank you. 

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- Mayor Nate Pike

Mayor of the City of Anna

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