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    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. Designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts and other qualifying employers who reimburse TWC for the full amount of unemployment benefits ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  As these days and weeks turn in to months, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce will continue to provide your business with essential updates. These updates may change over the coming weeks, but we will still be a quick and accurate source of information.   Our COVID-19 Website continues to be updated every day. These updates include a link to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
      AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26th with limited service offerings. As part of this opening plan, DPS will launch a statewide driver license (DL) appointment system that allows customers to book appointments up to six months in advance. The limited services being ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-24) terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor's new order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor's previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Governor Abbott Directs HHSC To Expand COVID-19 Testing To All State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers  AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to expand COVID-19 testing to all patients, residents, and staff at the 23 state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals and living centers throughout Texas.   "By expanding widespread ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    May 21, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Wilco Forward grant program, which was started to provide financial assistance to local businesses impacted by COVID-19, has issued more than $15 million in grants as of May 21. A total of 1287 checks have been mailed to business owners who needed support to get back on their feet.     “As the Williamson County economy begins to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released a public service announcement (PSA) entitled "Be A Good Neighbor. Be a Texan." As the Lone Star State begins to open up, the Governor encourages all Texans to do their part to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by following best practices like social distancing in public, wearing a face covering, and washing hands ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  As businesses across Cedar Park, and across the country prepare to reopen their doors, one of the most important questions they’re asking themselves is how to effectively communicate their plans to customers. Business owners must not only update their audience on hours and products/services available, but also explain any new health and safety ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen Direct State Agencies To Reduce Budgets By Five Percent AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today sent a letter directing state agencies and institutions of higher education to each submit a plan identifying savings that will reduce respective general and general revenue related ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    May 20, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- Due to the overwhelming interest in COVID-19 testing through Family Emergency Rooms, Williamson County is temporarily taking down the online testing portal from its website until the backlog of testing requests has been scheduled. Announcements will be made notifying the public when they can again request a free COVID-19 test from the County ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness, Press Release
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    May 20, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- Yesterday, the Williamson County Commissioners Court terminated the County’s local disaster declaration which went into effect March 14, 2020.     “It is time for Williamson County to stand again and to grow in a way that leads our nation,” said County Judge Bill Gravell.    The Commissioners Court also approved the plan for ramping up in-person access ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative continues to roll out important information and updates. Small business owners across America are fighting to continue to keep their workers employed and their dreams alive. The COVID-19 Pandemic and economy have already made many businesses across the nation, and even here in Cedar ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Governor Abbott Waives Late Fees For TABC License And Permit RenewalsAUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has allowed Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) license and permit renewals to occur after the current 30 day grace period after an expiration date without any late fees. This waiver applies to renewals with an expiration date on or after March 13, 2020.  "As we continue to safely and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS    IMPORTANT UPDATES  Several updates are listed below. Some of the most important include what businesses can open their doors. It is important to remember that these businesses should follow the guidance coming from the Governor’s Task Force to reopen Texas Businesses. You can find this information at https://gov.texas.gov/opentexas. This information will ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Central Texas Military Families Encouraged to Take Part in Memorial Day Veterans Virtual Career Expo on May 27 Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area has joined with our partners at Texas Operation Welcome Home, the Texas Veterans Commission and the American Legion - Department of Texas, to host a Memorial Day Veterans Virtual Career Expo on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    May 19, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – As Williamson County continues to reopen businesses, the Williamson County justice courts are preparing to open their courtrooms as well. The eviction moratorium issued by the Texas Supreme Court ended on May 18. In order to proceed with an eviction, a plaintiff must include in their petition a statement that the eviction case is not subject to the Federal ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, May 18, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  As we enter a new week, there will be several important updates. The House of Representatives passed an additional $3 trillion in relief money, but it may not pass as quickly through the Senate. The Governor is expected to give an update on reopening Texas. We will continue to monitor all of these important developments as it happens. We want ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Monday, May 18, 2020
    May 18, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – Starting May 17 through May 23, Williamson County is saluting the hard work and dedication of hundreds of people in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field, including Williamson County EMS, for National Emergency Medical Services Week.     Williamson County EMS has 151 employees who assist the county’s approximately 600,000 residents in their greatest ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 15, 2020
    May 14, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – More than $7.5 million has been given out to small businesses as part of Williamson County’s Wilco Forward grant program. Wilco Forward was developed by a strike team that includes County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles  to provide financial relief to local business owners impacted by ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 15, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES  This morning, aviators from Ft. Hood will conduct a helicopter flyover to salute our Healthcare Heroes. They will be over the Cedar Park VA Outpatient Clinic at 10:11am and over Cedar Park Regional Medical Center at 10:14am THIS MORNING.  The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce truly appreciates all of our front-line workers. Thank you for all you ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has waived license renewal late fees that accrued between March 13 and June 15, 2020 for occupational licenses issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). This waiver applies to licenses associated with a variety of occupations such as barbers, cosmetologists, electricians, speech-language pathologists, and dyslexia therapists.   "This ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES    There are many resources for you available through the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and our network of partners. The US Chamber of Commerce has several helpful guides to help you work through some questions you may continue to have.   They have a list of resources, webinars, research and advocacy for small business. Many of these links we ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
     
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received more than $3 million in federal funding to provide shelter and services to survivors of family and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will support the 78 HHSC-funded local family violence centers that provide survivors with immediate shelter, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  Don’t forget to take a moment today to view from the safety of your business or home, the Air Force Thunderbirds who will be making a flyover to salute font-line workers and healthcare professionals. The flyover is scheduled to begin in Leander at 2:40pm and will be over Cedar Park very soon after – these are Air Force jets after all. If you ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen Send Letter To Congressional Leaders Urging Support For Employer Liability Protections AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today sent a letter to Congressional Leaders asking them to support liability protections for Texas employers. In the letter, the three state leaders urge ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13 and extended on April 12, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.    "As we continue to respond to the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    May 13, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – Starting Wednesday, May 13, Williamson County and Family Emergency Room will allow individuals who wish to be tested for COVID-19, but are not experiencing symptoms, to be tested. Family Emergency Room is conducting COVID-19 tests by appointment free of charge at its facilities in Cedar Park and Round Rock. Residents must go ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES  Have you applied for a WILCO Forward Small Business Assistance Program Grant? We want to hear about your experience. Please take this 3-question survey – it will take you 90 seconds to complete. Please CLICK HERE to participate in this survey.     FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS  The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    May 11, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – Wilco Forward, Williamson County’s grant program to provide financial relief to local business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has issued 198 checks as of today. That accounts for $2.8 million of the $25 million allocated by the Commissioners Court for the program.   Wilco Forward is funded through the approximately $93 million the County ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Monday, May 11, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  Late last week, the U.S. Chamber and MetLife released the monthly Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll which surveys how small businesses nationwide are adapting their operations in the wake of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. Here is a look at the numbers:  27% of small businesses have shortened their hours  26% of small businesses ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, May 11, 2020
    Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate   IR-2020-92, May 8, 2020   WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon Wednesday, May 13, for a chance to get a quicker delivery.   The IRS, ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Friday, May 08, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  More and more we are realizing that in the months ahead, digital technologies will play a key role in efforts to control COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and restore consumer confidence. Many businesses have taken to launching online ordering that they may not have paid much attention to in the past. Doors are locked and offices hours have moved in many ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 07, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  REMINDER: The Small Business Grant Program, WILCO Forward  application went live yesterday and is NOW AVAILABLE. This is open to most businesses in Williamson County. This is restricted to Williamson County businesses only! These will be processed in the order they are received. The funding started with $25 million to pass out as ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 07, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation today announced the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Thursday, May 07, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received $5.8 million in federal funding to provide crisis counseling services to Texans who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Immediate Services Crisis Counseling and Training Program.    "I thank ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Thursday, May 07, 2020
    May 7, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – In response to the announcement from Ascension Texas healthcare system that Dell Children’s Medical Center will build a $191 million children’s hospital in Williamson County, County Judge Bill Gravell offers the following quotes: “Ascension Texas has invested heavily in Williamson County, and we are extremely grateful that they have decided to continue that ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic has been a challenging time for our business community. We sent out an email late yesterday as well as posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter about the updated information for Williamson County’s WILCO Forward Small Business Grant Program.   It is important that you review the information at WILCO ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    Number Recovered: 199   Number Currently Hospitalized: 12   Number on Mechanical Ventilation: 2 Williamson County has received notification of the twelfth COVID-19 death in the county. The resident was a male in his 90s. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. Williamson County is unable to release any additional patient information. “It is ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS   IMPORTANT UPDATES  Don’t forget that today the Williamson County Commissioners Court will be reviewing the WILCO Forward Application & Process which is the last step before the WILCO Forward Small Business Grant Program will be allowed to go online. We will be watching the Commissioners Court and will send out a special email as soon as we have information to ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Number Recovered: 196   Number Currently Hospitalized: 11   Number on Mechanical Ventilation: 1 Williamson County has received notification of the eleventh COVID-19 death in the county. The resident was a male in his 50s. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. Williamson County is unable to release any additional patient information. "It is ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Smokey Mo’s BBQ      For Immediate ReleaseAnnie Pierce, Director of Marketing  512.528.0090  apierce@smokeymosbbq.com      Smokey Mo’s BBQ delivers a gift of 425 meals from the   Austin community to Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.    (CEDAR PARK, Texas, Tuesday, May 5, 2020) Smokey Mo’s BBQ is proud to be delivering a gift from the greater Austin community to the healthcare heroes ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
    Friday, May 01, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES  Many businesses can open their doors back to the public today. Many have decided to pause that for a little while longer. These businesses are allowed to open up at 25% occupancy, but in some cases that could mean that a restaurant would only be able to serve 2-3 tables at a time due to the occupancy numbers that include the dining staff and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, May 01, 2020
    May 1, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – In accordance with Governor Abbott’s request to expand COVID-19 testing throughout Texas, Family Emergency Room is pleased to assist Williamson County in expanding testing in Cedar Park and Round Rock.   On April 27, the Williamson County Commissioners Court agreed to provide an expanded number of tests and personal protection equipment (PPE) to Family ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    It’s not too late… REGISTER TODAY for a Member’s Only Zoom Meeting with Senator John Cornyn. The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Georgetown and Round Rock Chambers of Commerce for a Virtual Williamson County Conversation with Senator John Cornyn TODAY at 2:00pm. Senator Cornyn will provide an update from the federal level ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put out a whitepaper on OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure. Coming from the whitepaper, as employers seek to protect their workers from exposure to Coronavirus, either while maintaining operations or in anticipation of resuming operations, what is expected of them by OSHA is one area of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    April 29, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- Williamson County's Stay Home Stay Safe order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Starting May 1, Williamson County businesses will follow Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders issued April 27, 2020, which allow businesses to reopen safely and strategically in phases, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.     Abbott’s detailed ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, General News Article
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    Yesterday, Governor Abbott outlined additional steps for reopening the Texas economy. His new orders came as recommendations from the Texas Strike Force. These recommendations included a phased-in approach to reopening the economy. Phase 1 will begin on Friday, May 1st immediately following the expiration of his Stay Home Orders. The Governor ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
      April 28, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – Williamson County is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $93,382,340.10, which is provided to the county through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid, also known as CARES Act. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will be used to assist states and local governments impacted by the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    Number Recovered: 155   Number Currently Hospitalized: 8   Number on Mechanical Ventilation: 1   Please see the attached report for details.   The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has received notification of the seventh COVID-19 death in Williamson County. The resident was a female in her 60s. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 26, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- Williamson County residents now have a new way to be able to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. Williamson County and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) are offering a public testing site to increase the ability of county residents to get a COVID-19 test. The site is for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; however, this ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 25, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility. Control orders were sent to 43 facilities on March 16, 2020, by the Williamson County and Cities Health District Health Authority. Updated control orders were delivered on April 23 to 65 facilities, to include assisted ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Community, Press Release
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 25, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has received notification of the sixth COVID-19 death in Williamson County. The resident was a male in his 70s. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The WCCHD is unable to release any additional patient information. “We have lost another one of our ...read more
    Categories: Healthcare & Wellness, Community, Press Release
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Georgetown and Round Rock Chambers of Commerce for a virtual Williamson County Conversation with Senator John Cornyn on Thursday, April 30th at 2:00pm. Senator Cornyn will provide an update from the federal level regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis followed by the opportunity to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 27, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) announced 25 new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 287. Currently, there are 8 people hospitalized. So far, 144 people have recovered in Williamson County. Please see the attached report for details. Additional COVID-19 deaths and cases by zip code will be reported on the ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    For Immediate Distribution  |  April 27, 2020  |  (512) 463-1826Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols Creates Statewide Contact Tracing Program Issues Special Guidance For Texans Over 65, Nursing Homes   AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    In a recent poll conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife, they found that more than half of small businesses (54%) have closed at least temporarily or will close in the next two weeks. One in four (24%) are two months or less away from permanently closing. To put that into perspective, 24% of employer firms with fewer than 500 ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cedar Park’s Small Business Assistance Program continues to receive a great many applications. We will continue to receive those applications, but we do encourage you to send them in as soon as you can. The Task Force assigned to go over those applications will be looking at them soon, and we ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    There has been a great deal of emphasis on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is being administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA), and there should be. This program will be extremely helpful to our business community. There is another program that could be equally as helpful, it is administered through the Texas ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    IR-2020-67     WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing tax relief under the CARES Act for taxpayers with net operating losses. Recently the IRS issued tax relief for partnerships filing amended returns.    COVID Relief for taxpayers claiming NOLs Revenue Procedure 2020-24 provides guidance to taxpayers with net operating losses that are carried back under ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    IR-2020-68     WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers and tax professionals to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.    To protect the public and employees, and in compliance with orders of local health authorities around the country, certain IRS services such as live assistance on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Business Assistance Program is beginning its first full week of accepting applications. We have had many come in since its passage on Thursday evening by the Cedar Park Type A Economic Development Board, Cedar Park City Council and Cedar Park Chamber Board. We will continue to accept applications through this pandemic or until ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    Small Business Assistance Program Applications are NOW AVAILABLE! The Cedar Park City Council, Type A Corporation and Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce all approved a $200,000 program to assist small businesses in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.     Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said, “Our small businesses here in Cedar Park have been doing a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, April 10, 2020
    City Council approves $200,000 program to assist small businesses in response to COVID-19 pandemic  No interest loans up to $10,000 and grants up to $5,000Program administered by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce    The Cedar Park City Council adopted a Resolution authorizing a program to provide small businesses located within the City of Cedar Park City limits financial assistance in ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, Community, General News Article, Press Release, Chamber
    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    It’s not too late to sign up for the most recent invitation from Congressman Carter’s Office to participate in a discussion with Jack Howard, Senior Vice President of Congressional Public Affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for TODAY at 3:50pm. To RSVP for this Small Business Teleconference – CLICK HERE. The phone number you register with ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    I never thought that I would be writing my 16th COVID-19 News You Can Use Newsletter, but here we are. Either things are starting to calm down, or I am getting used to the chaotic speed at which information is coming.     For all the female business owners, managers and workers – we will host our VIRTUAL Women’s Connection presented by Cedar ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and Williamson County hosted an informative SBA Loan Update with Mike Litton, Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for R Bank. As we navigate the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic there continue to be many questions on how your business may qualify and can apply for the new SBA Loans recently ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    Click here for more details IMPORTANT UPDATES    IT’S NOT TOO LATE! You can still sign up for the SBA Loan Update! As we navigate the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and Williamson County will host Mike Litton, Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for R Bank. The ZOOM Meeting will explain the ways your business may qualify and can apply for ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    Williamson County to Hold Commissioners Court Meeting Virtually    April 6, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Commissioners Court will hold their April 7, 2020, meeting online through a virtual meeting platform beginning at 9:30 a.m. Any member of the public wishing to make a public comment or speak on an agenda item will do so at the Historic Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, April 03, 2020
    Click here to find out more information IMPORTANT UPDATES    We are now entering the implementation phase of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The implementation will impact many businesses and families. Remember that the people you are talking to when/if you are applying are going through similar situations with their families, learning about an incredibly ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Friday, April 03, 2020
    Dear Friend,   The past few weeks have been a challenge to us all. We have been asked to have patience, to be flexible and forgiving, and to shift our priorities for the health, well-being, and safety of our community.   As we grapple with this new reality, I want to share with you ACC's promise to our students, employees, partners, and friends. We remain committed to supporting our students ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    Click here to read full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    As we navigate the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and Williamson County will host Mike Litton, Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for R Bank.     This ZOOM Meeting will explain the ways your business may qualify and can apply for the new SBA Loans recently signed into law. To register ...read more
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    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    Click here to visit website AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Click here for full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    The situation continues to change on an almost daily basis. One of the most important things you can do is continue to educate yourself. Go to trusted websites and browse them while you are drinking coffee in the morning or while you are eating your lunch.  One of the things we continue to get calls about are the, “I heard from xyz.” If you ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    This update is a part of our ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. As this situation continues to change daily, the contents of this article may be outdated. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.Learning will continue even as our buildings remain closed as Leander ISD responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. In ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.   The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Guide (CLICK HERE) outlines the steps small businesses should take now and prepare to access much-needed ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    This is an ongoing issue and response by Leander ISD. As we continue to get new information and make new decisions, the content of this article may be outdated. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date news and announcements. Updates to grading, grade-point average (GPA) and class rank could be coming after a special called Board of Trustees meeting this Tuesday, March 31.  As ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Education
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Click Here for full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    MARK YOUR CALENDAR! We will have Congressman John Carter and Deputy District Director David Elizondo on a Small Business Teleconference. During this teleconference they will be discussing resources available for small businesses. They will also answer some frequently asked questions. This is open to ANY small business in Williamson and Bell ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    (March 27, 2020) – Atmos Energy is committed to the safety and welfare of our customers, our communities, and our employees while our nation responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of our communities are impacted by emergency declarations with many under shelter-in-place orders. During this time, the communities we serve will see us providing essential services to ensure the safety and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    During this time of change, it is easy to see how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted our own lives. It is something that families and businesses across the world are having to deal with right now. But one thing that has not changed, is the spirit of the Cedar Park business community. Ryan and Danielle Anglen, owners of Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park have said they are no different than ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    IMPORTANT UPDATES    We had some important updates over the weekend. As many of you know, the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed Congress and the President signed it in to law late last week.     Some major highlights include bolstering the Small Business Loan Disaster Program. Pieces of this program may be eligible for forgiveness based on different ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    IRS to Accept Email, Digital Signatures   To help taxpayers and the tax professional community during this COVID-19 period, effective immediately, the IRS will begin temporarily accepting images of signatures (scanned or photographed) and digital signatures on documents related to the determination or collection of tax liability.   In addition, the IRS is allowing IRS employees to accept ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Click here for full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    While we all feel our business is essential, be sure to understand the spirit of the order from Williamson County. There have been several businesses that have remained open in defiance of this order. Understand you may be subject to a fine if you continue to run your business (as usual) while this order is in place and you are not one of the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Good Afternoon:   The IRS posted Filing and Payment Deadline Questions and Answers today. The Q&As address the federal filing and payment extensions to July 15th due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. They also include information on the additional extension to Oct. 15th, first quarter estimated tax payments, IRAs and HSAs. For those questions that are not addressed in the Q&As, please ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    IR-2020-59    03.25.2020    IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance programs    WASHINGTON – To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to ...read more
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    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    AUSTIN (March 24, 2020) – Atmos Energy has a proven track record of maintaining safe and reliable natural gas service under many adverse conditions. This current COVID-19 pandemic will be no different. During these unprecedented times, we want to assure you our focus remains the same: the safety of our 4,800 employees, our more than 3 million customers, and the 1,400 communities we proudly ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Click here for more details IMPORTANT UPDATES    Another busy day! As many of you are now aware, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell officially ordered a “Shelter-in-Place” for Williamson County, effective beginning at 11:59pm, March 24th until 11:59pm, Monday, April 13th.  We understand it was certainly a difficult decision for the Judge to make to combat COVID-19. This decision will impact ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
     
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Papers/Research, Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Click here for full details   IMPORTANT UPDATES    COVID-19 continues to force major changes to our daily lives. Some of those changes were seen yesterday as Waco/McLennan County and Bell County joined Dallas County in orders for shelter-in-place. That news came as Austin/Travis County is looking to make the same major later announcement today.   Again, nothing has been finalized, but it ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Click Here for Full News Letter IMPORTANT UPDATESThere have been several developments over the weekend that we want to make sure you are aware of. This includes the Small Business Administration’s approval of the statewide emergency designation, an Emergency City Council Meeting the City of Cedar Park had yesterday, and more. We also have a new link which will give you the most up-to-date ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.The three-step process: Disaster ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Press Release, Community, Education, Political
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    AUSTIN – As Texans take precautions against exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare for the possibility of self-quarantine if affected, Attorney General Ken Paxton warned that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide disaster declaration. “Any person or business selling goods must be aware that they are prohibited ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Social Media
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today cautions Texans to be aware of scams in light of the statewide Coronavirus disaster declaration announced earlier today by Governor Abbott. “Situations like this usually bring the best of our communities to the forefront with cooperation, aid, and compassion. Unfortunately, some criminals take advantage of troubling circumstances to steal from ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Social Media
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO FULL PAGEIMPORTANT UPDATES There continues to be daily changes to our business community. We will continue to publish the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page and will have helpful links on our website during this time. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER LOANS I gave you some information yesterday that mentioned we were waiting on Williamson County ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release, Social Media
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    March 20, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) announced a new positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the County’s total to eight.    The individual is:    ·         A female in her 40s with exposure to an area with community spread    At this stage information is very limited. WCCHD and Williamson County will share more as it ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Click Here for full News Letter IMPORTANT UPDATESThere have been some substantial changes since our newsletter went out yesterday. We will continue to publish the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page and will have helpful links on our website during this time.  COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE UPDATEThe Comptroller's Office has not delayed or postponed any deadlines for sales tax. All sales tax ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Social Media, Chamber, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Press Release
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    The Leander ISD response to the (COVID-19) pandemic will enter a new phase when we begin providing some student services while our buildings are closed until April 5. While we want our parents, students, teachers, and staff to use our scheduled Spring Break for family time and planning, we know information can help relieve anxiety. We want to provide an update to our families and staff about what ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Social Media, Community, Education, Human Interest
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, Jr. issued a proclamation declaring a local state of disaster for Williamson County, Texas after making a determination based on statements and information provided to him by the Office of the Texas Governor, Williamson County Emergency Management personnel, the Williamson County and Cities Health District, health professionals and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness, Papers/Research
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    WCAD encourages property owners to use electronic options Georgetown, TX, March 19, 2020: The Williamson Central Appraisal District will continue operations but will no longer provide face-to-face services to the public inside the building, effective immediately, as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.    “The appraisal district will continue operations, and we are ...read more
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