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As a result of the Disaster Declaration, low-interest federal disaster loans are available to qualifying North Texas businesses and even residents through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Eligible businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets that were damaged or destroyed by the winter storm.
The SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Disaster loans with low interests rates up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
To help businesses navigate the programs and resources available, the SBA launched a new Virtual Business Recovery Center and a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to assist Texans as they work towards recovery. Experts will be available from 7:00 AM –7:00 PM CT to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help candidates complete their applications. Those in need of assistance can contact the SBA by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.
Please note, before applying for SBA assistance, applicants must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Beginning Wednesday, a 14 day period has been instituted, during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief through the Program. 98 percent of small businesses have fewer than 20 employees. While the Biden-Harris administration has directed significantly more relief to these smallest businesses in this round of PPP than in the prior round, these businesses often struggle more than larger businesses to collect the necessary paperwork and secure relief from a lender. The 14-day exclusive application period will allow lenders to focus on serving these smallest businesses.
You can access the links below to obtain more information about the changes:
Collin County encourages you to continue to check the DSHS website for COVID-19 vaccine distribution points throughout the county. The DSHS COVID-19 vaccination plan is focused on distributing the vaccine through doctor offices, pharmacies, and other health providers in neighborhoods.
Information on city building closures, updated public meetings, utility billing, and municipal court.
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 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.
MORE USEFUL LINKS
- GovEvents [event search for webinars, conferences, etc.]: https://www.govevents.com/ / https://www.govevents.com/find-events.php
- BIA COVID-19 Fire Mitigation Info: https://www.bia.gov/bia/ots/dfwfm/bwfm/fire-information/COVID-19-Fire
- CARES Act: Assistance to Small Businesses: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses
- CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html
- Dept. of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students, and Families: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
- EDA Sprint Challenge: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329419
- FEMA PA COVID-19 Fact Sheets: https://www.fema.gov/media-collection/public-assistance-disaster-specific-guidance-covid-19-declarations
- FEMA.gov COVID-19 Supplemental Resource search: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/supplemental-resources
- Fire Service Grants and Funding (USFA): https://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants/
- HHS’ Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS): https://taggs.hhs.gov/coronavirus
- SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- US Treasury updates for CRF: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments
- USASpending.gov COVID-19 update: https://www.usaspending.gov/#/
- USDA updates for CFAP: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
Food Pantries Serving Anna Residents:
- Four Corners Outreach Alliance, 15642 TX-160, Blue Ridge, TX 75424 (972) 752-5320
- North Texas Food Bank, 3677 Mapleshade Ln, Plano, TX 75075 (214) 330-1396
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.
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Greater Anna Chamber
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.
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
The latest information from the United States Government on COVID-19.
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.
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.
EDC/CDC Staff Contacts:
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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