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.
Employer Resources from the City of Rowlett (added 5/12/20)
Small business marketing and operational tips during COVID-19 (added 5/12/20)
Really good article from Yelp with tips and advice on things you can do to keep your business going including creating revenue sources, keeping your online presence up-to-date, virtual interactions and more.
Texas COVID-19 Data Resource (added 5/12/20)
Texas 2036 data tracking dashboard
State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance (added 5/12/20)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce interactive map with state-specific information to help business owners distill and navigate different state-based public health guidelines.
Back to Business (added 5/5/20)
Five Ways to Prepare to Reopen (added 5/5/20)
Zoom Presentation Recordings (added 5/4/20)
- CARES Act Presentation: Kris Denzel, US Chamber of Commerce, April 3, 2020
- Business Checkup: Mental health discussion with Mary Ellen Hinkle, LPC from the Counseling Institute of Texas, April 9, 2020
- Five Rules of Succeeding in Chaos: Steve Taubman, April 23, 2020
- Brand Building and Winning in a Post COVID-19 World: Aaron Spatz, CEO & Founder of Bold Media and Waypoint Technologies, April 29, 2020
- Creating a Winning Facebook Advertising Campaign: Adrian Hummel, April 30, 2020
Preparing for the Future & Recovery
How to Innovatively Thrive Now (added 4/13/20)
US Chamber Webinar Series (added 4/13/20)
Governor's Plan for reopening (added 4/17/20)
For retailers who are looking for ways to work under the Governor’s new guidelines (pending direction from the County and City of course) you might want to consider reaching out to a local business – The Local PR Firm. Go to www.localbox.online for details.
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)
- Small Business Administration Update
Economic Impact Disaster Loan
- Three Step Process
- Presentation on how to apply for the EIDL
- Emergency EIDL Brochure for Nonprofits
- Apply for Loans
DFW Woman Business Center LiftFund
Another potential funding source for woman owned businesses.
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.
US Chamber Grants (limited to economically disadvantaged areas)
- FAQ from US Treasury & SBA
- A top-line overview of the program
- If you’re a lender, click here
- If you’re a borrower, click here
- Application for borrowers
US Federal Reserve: Main Street Lending Program Press Release
ROBUST Grant (added 4/14/20)
Rowlett Ready, City of Rowlett and Rowlett Chamber Grant program for small businesses in Rowlett.
National Small Business Town Hall (added 4/16/20)
With the PPP's $349 billion fund now out of money, concerns about delayed payments and scams being perpetrated on small business owners, there's much to learn this week. We'll cover the impending second stimulus bill and the latest action from Washington as well as hear from legal, financial and other economic experts to help you lay out the processes to follow to make the most of the resources at hand, and give you the insight you need to plan your next move.
Additional Informational Resources
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.
A Message for the Business Community
Restaurants That Offer Delivery,
Curbside or Takeout