Coronavirus – Tools and Resources

 

Even though our office building is closed, we are here to help. Our team has been working hard gathering resources for small businesses while keeping the community informed and updated. During this period of change, you will see more communications, more tools and resources available through our channels, as well as, the opportunity to provide the chamber with some feedback via a survey – coming soon!

Small Business Guide and Checklist

As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

Provided by: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

NEWS

4/27

Governor Abbott Announces Reopening of Texas Businesses. Phase 1 will begin May 1. 

” Executive Order GA-18 allows all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and shopping malls to reopen May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food court dining areas, play areas and interactive displays and settings must remain closed. Additional recommendations are included for museums, libraries and outdoor sports.”

Read the full report here: https://bit.ly/35bu3fk

3/27

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Signed

Federal Government Approves Relief Package that includes $377 Billion for Small Businesses to apply for loans and grants up to $10 million with no collateral and loan forgiveness. By retaining employees, companies can apply to receive up to two and a half months of payroll, rent and other costs through the federal relief package.” Source: USHCC

Additional Resources

City of Irving

https://www.cityofirving.org/3601/Coronavirus-Information

COVID-19 Related to City Services and Operations                            Non-City COVID-19 Questions and Help

Email COVID-19@cityofirving.org                                                                        Call 211, Select Option 6

Call (972) 721-6655 (8 a.m to 5 p.m M-F)                                                                   Visit211Texas.org

COVID – 19 Mental Health Support

“During this time, we know there are plenty of people in our communities that are stressed and nervous during these days of COVID-19.  We think it is important for them to know they are not alone. The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) has dedicated a 24/7 COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line for individuals seeking mental health support in Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Ellis and Navarro Counties. This line can be reached at, 833-251-7544.  Individuals needing a higher level of support will be transferred directly to our traditional 24/7 crisis line at, 866-260-8000.

Also, as an additional future resource, we offer Mental Health First Aid training to our communities, in most cases at no charge. While we are unable to teach the classes virtually at this time, we are looking forward to making the course available as soon as the COVID-19 crisis has passed.  We would appreciate the opportunity to talk to you more about this important training.

We ask that you please pass this information along to the community.  More community resources can be found on our website https://ntbha.org/services/.  Feel free to contact us with any questions at mhfa@ntbha.org.” Source: NTBHA

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Resources, guides and upcoming webinars

Tax Relief

Posing tax relief during the coronavirus outbreak, the individual and corporate taxpayer will have an additional 90 days to pay their taxes. As a result, taxpayers will have until July 15, 2020 to pay the taxes owed.
Note you will still need to file a tax return or an extension by April 15.
This applies only to Federal income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income) due on April 15, 2020, for the 2019 taxable year.

Tenant Hotline

To prevent renters from being displaced and to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, Dallas County Justice of the Peace Courts have ordered:

  • All currently filed and pending eviction cases are postponed and continued for at least 60 days from March 18, 2020 until May 18, 2020.
  • Any eviction case filed during the 60 days following the date of this order shall not be set for trial until the expiration of at least 60 days from the date of this order.
  • All writs of possession currently pending shall not be enforced by any means for at least 60 days from the date of this order; and
  • No writ of possession shall issue for any eviction case for 60 days from the date of this order.

Please note:

  • Tenants engaged in criminal activity or causing an imminent threat to health and safety may be subject to eviction prior to the aforementioned date.
  • Tenants maintain responsibility for paying their rent.
  • Tenants are encouraged to contact their landlord and make sure they are aware when eviction moratoriums are in place.
  • When having difficulty paying rent, tenants should attempt to make payments and/or establish a payment schedule with their landlord.

Once you have taken the above steps and for all other tenants, if you have been evicted or notified of a pending eviction, notify the Tenant Hotline by email or phone:
 

Tenanthotline@dallascounty.org

214-653-6563 or 833-743-0072

https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/tenant-hotline.php
 

Please leave a message with your addressname and number and someone will contact you.

Business Preparedness Checklist

The Irving Hispanic Chamber is actively supporting small businesses and citizens where we work and live. As we continue to educate ourselves, thought leaders from all over the world are sharing resources during this time of crisis.
Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we are sharing best practices to help you understand and prepare your small business on how to navigate the coronavirus period.
Is your small business equipped for the unknown of the coronavirus? The below graphic is designed to help you figure out:
  • What to prioritize
  • How to create a plan of communication with your employees and customers
  • Reevaluate policies for teleworking

Economic Disaster Loan Program 

The coronavirus outbreak has global impact consequences, and it puts many small businesses at economic jeopardy. If your business is struggling financially due to the coronavirus, here is the disaster relief assistance. Click here to apply.