A Message for the Business Community
New Information (updated as needed)
The Rowlett Chamber is staying closely connected with the City of Rowlett, Dallas County and many other sources and will update this page with new and relevant resources as they become available. If you have information that you would like to share with the Rowlett business community regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please email us.
A Financial Resources section has been added further down the page. Newly added resources will be added from this section to that section 2-3 days after being added.
US Treasury (added 4/8/20)
- FAQ from US Treasury & SBA (updated 4/8/20)
- A top-line overview of the program
- If you’re a lender, click here
- If you’re a borrower, click here
- Application for borrowers
Q&A from SCORE (added 4/7/20)
Business Check Up (added 4/6/20)
If you’re wondering how to deal with the stress of this whole situation you’ll definitely want to be on this video call. Register in advance at http://www.rowlettchamber.com/events/details/business-check-up-184112. Just click through to the Zoom registration.
4-3-20 Chamber Webinar on CARES Act (added 4/3/20)
- Video (this link will take you the Zoom website to view the video) (the presentatio begins at about 40 seconds)
- Audio (the audio begins at about 40 seconds)
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Updated Guide
Comfort Food Care Package Program (added 4/4/20)
Financial Resources & Information
Small Business Association
- SBA Loan Presentation
- SBA Loan Application
- Handout: SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Economic Impact Disaster Loan (added 3/30/20)
- Three Step Process
- Presentation on how to apply for the EIDL
- Emergency EIDL Brochure for Nonprofits
- Apply for Loans
Coronavirus Small Business Guide
A great resource that provides information about the CARES Act, SBA Loans and more.
Summary of the CARES Act
A summary of the CARES Act provided by the City of Rowlett Economic Development Department
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
Texas Downtown Association
Funding and other resources.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.
Internal Revenue Service
Tax relief information from the IRS.
Texas Woman's University Grant
A grant program provided by TWU for woman owned businesses.
DFW Woman Business Center LiftFund
Another potential funding source for woman owned businesses.
Additional Informational Resources
City of Rowlett
- COVID 19 Rowlett Seventh Amended Declaration of Local Disaster April 2 2020
- Essential Business List
- Top Scams
- Amended Order from City of Rowlett
- Guidance for Food Establishments
- City of Rowlett Economic Development Resources for Local Businesses
- Rowlett Ready COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
- Amended Order
- Rules for Construction Industry
- Rules for Long Term Health Care Facilities
- Dallas County Health and Human Services
FCC Environmental (added 3/27/20)
Waste Disposal Tips and Potential Disinfectant Products to Sue Against COVID-19.
Garland Health Department
The City of Rowlett partners with the Garland Health Department. Garland Public Health will update their page as necessary.
Garland Independent School District
Information from the Garland ISD Health Services Department.
National Small Business Townhall
Replay of townhall discussing the CARES Act
North Texas Commission
Community & Business Resources
Rockwall County's Shelter-in-Place order.
Rockwall Independent School District
Information from the Rockwall ISD Health Services Department.
State of Texas
- Governor Abbot's 3/31/20 Executive Order
- Governor Announces SBA Approval of Emergency Loans
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Governor Abbott Executive Order
Senator John Cornyn (added 3/31/20)
Resource guide provided by Sen. Cornyn's office
US Chamber of Commerce
Additional resources and guidelines from the US Chamber.
- Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
- Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)
- US Chamber Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist
- Coronavirus Customizable Flyer (designed for restaurants and businesses to customize and display, download and edit in Adobe)
- Coronavirus Workplace Tips for Employees
US Congressman Allred
A small-business resource guide developed by the Congressman.
U.S. Department of Treasury
Links to the resources provided by Treasury
US Department of Labor
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, including daily updates.
Planning, Preparation & Business Continuity
Communicate with Employees (CDC)
With Coronavirus dominating the news, now is a good time to communicate with your employees. The CDC provides this interim guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Let your employees know you are monitoring the situation and share best practices for prevention and treatment.
OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 (updated 3/16/20)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this webpage which provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak.
- Workers Right's & Employers' Responsibilities (added 3/16/20)
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (HHS & CDC)
Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.
Pandemic Preparedness Planning For U.S. Businesses With Overseas Operations (CDC)
The United States Government has created the following guide to help U.S. businesses with overseas operations prepare and implement pandemic business continuity. This is a list of suggestions and can serve as a starting point for developing a comprehensive plan. The checklist highlights actions applicable to businesses of all sizes, although each item does not necessarily apply to every overseas business.
Legal Guidance on Workplace Pandemic Planning (EEOC)
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace. It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as:
-How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce when an influenza pandemic appears imminent?
-When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a pandemic?
-Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the pandemic influenza virus?
-When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty?
Sample Pandemic Threat Condition Levels
This is a sample of pandemic threat condition levels that could be implemented at your business.
Sample Pandemic Preparation Questions
Questions to ask during an outbreak, questions to ask once an outbreak becomes a pandemic, and which actions your crisis management team should perform regularly afterward to stay prepared.
Resilience in a Box
Additional tools such as a Business Preparedness Checklist and 20 Tips for Business Preparedness.
Facebook Business Resource Hub
Support tools from Facebook.
Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus
A good summary of employment-related issues.
Restaurants That Offer Delivery,
Curbside or Takeout