• COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY April 16, 2020

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    April 16, 2020

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    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 employees is 1.4 million small businesses.  

    It is because of these staggering numbers; the U.S. Chamber has launched a Save Small Business Initiative. The initiative features a four-part campaign including financial aid, resources and guidance, advocacy, polling and a call to action for the larger business community and government to help small businesses. As part of the initiative, the U.S. Chamber Foundation has launched the program to provide $5,000 supplemental grant to employers. For more information CLICK HERE. 
     

    DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WE WILL ONLY BE TAKING APPLICATIONS THROUGH TODAY! If you have not sent your application in to us yet – please be sure to do so by the end of business today, April 16th. The Task Force will be meeting tomorrow to discuss allocation of grants and loans. Please do not wait. Apply today! 

     

    FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS 
     

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out renewed guidelines yesterday for People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness. Many of the high-risk factors for severe illness are what everybody has already heard, but it is always good to refresh who are at highest risk. They include people 65+ years old, people living in nursing homes, people of all ages with underlying medical conditions including people with asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised, people with severe obesity, diabetes chronic kidney illness and more. For a complete list CLICK HERE.   
     

    Governor Abbott has announced that he will lay out Texas’ Plan for reopening the state in a briefing this coming Friday. This news comes after Lt. Governor Patrick established a Business Task Force to restart the state economy. Governor Abbott’s “Stay at Home Order” is in place through April 30th. For more information on this, CLICK HERE. 

     

    LEANDER ISD 
     

    A new update from Leander ISD states that they will Extend Chromebook Distribution for Elementary Students. They will offer an extended distribution to students in grades PreK – 5th Grade who have limited or no access to a device at their homes. 

    If you have an LISD student in your family and he or she needs a device, please visit LISD on Thursday (April 16) from 3:30 – 6pm. Devices are available for all elementary students.  

    • Thursday, April 16th | Ronald Reagan Elementary (1700 E Park, Cedar Park) 

     

    COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) EMERGENCY LOANS 
     

    The Cedar Park Small Business Assistance Program is designed to help our local small businesses during these uncertain economic times. The Cedar Park Chamber and City of Cedar Park have partnered on a robust program.  CEDAR PARK SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CLICK HERE! 

    To learn more about SBA Loans - The U.S. Chamber has several guides available to you to help guide you through the decision-making process of your next steps. Please take a moment to look these over as you continue to make these tough decisions. All of these links and many more are available on the Chamber Website 

     

    IN CLOSING 
     

    DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WE WILL ONLY BE TAKING APPLICATIONS THROUGH TODAY! If you have not sent your application in to us yet – please be sure to do so by the end of business today, April 16th. The Task Force will be meeting tomorrow to discuss allocation of grants and loans. Please do not wait. Apply today! 
     

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