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Resources for Austin Businesses

April 19, 2020

Updated 05/13/20

Resources + More Information on new Restrictions and Requirements for businesses as part of the May 8 Update to Stay Home–Work Safe Orders:

Checklists for business owners and customers detailing the rules of reopening

Details on businesses’ activity logs and what information to include

Recent News Coverage

Austin Restaurants Are Asked to Track Diners as They Reopen for Dine-In Service (Eater Austin)

Businesses with specific restrictions in addition to the capacity mandate and detailed requirements (KXAN)

Resources: Businesses, Restaurants & Construction Sites


Resources for Reopening

Building & Office Management Association’s guide to prepare buildings for re-entry

Checklist: Here’s what Texas restaurants are recommended to do when they reopen May 1

Download and print informational posters for employees and customers

Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit: Resources for Restaurants + Bars
The toolkit from Streetsense includes capital management tactics, operational guidance to relaunch, and resources to help future-proof your restaurant.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Association is encouraging construction job sites to host a safety stand-down. View & download the tool kit.


Additional Resources

Streetsense’s small business resource kit for a variety of industries

Search a comprehensive list of small business resources
Compiled by local, state, and federal governments, as well as nonprofit agencies on the City of Austin’s website.

Download informational posters in English and Spanish for construction job sites, employees, and customers of businesses, and for the general public.

Search a comprehensive list of small business resources from local, state, and federal governments, as well as nonprofit agencies on the City of Austin’s website.

Financial Relief & Financial Resources for Businesses

Federal Reserve Announces Main Street Lending Program for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses
LiftFund | Small Business Loans, Microloans, SBA Loans for Women & Minorities
New Construction Requirements that apply to all active sites now in effect

Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance Members Can Apply Early for Loan Program
As of April 15, MECA members can apply to the Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program before the application opens to all small businesses. Eligible small businesses that can demonstrate an economic loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for working capital loans up to $35,000. Begin your application today by completing a loan inquiry form.


New RISE Fund Applications are Now Open
On April 9, the Austin City Council passed a resolution to allocate $15 million for Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) Funds to provide immediate direct services and assistance to people suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Austin Public Health is partnering with and providing funding to social services agencies to expand their existing services in order to provide assistance to distribute funds to Austinites in need.Organizations need to be a registered vendor with the City of Austin and submit applications through PartnerGrants to be considered for the funds. Social services providers can find more information on how to apply to distribute funds here.Register in Partnergrants 
Confirm that your organization is a registered vendor with the City of Austin
Register to become a potential City of Austin vendor

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Small businesses, private non-profits, homeowners, and renters can apply for emergency, low-interest bridge loans from the SBA. Click here for more information.

SBA Loans & Main Street Lending Program: What you need to know to apply for financial relief for your business

Business Owners, Career Development & Employment

Guides & Helpful Links for Businesses, Restaurants, and Organizations

ABJ’s Small Business Resource Guide

Austin Chamber Resources for Businesses

City of Austin small business preparedness

City of Austin small business resources

Art Alliance Austin’s Resources for Organizations & Artists

Texas Workforce Commission Mass Claims
TWC has developed a webpage with resources and information on actions taken by the commission in response to COVID-19.

Development Tools for Individuals and Businesses 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area 
Appointments are now available for individuals seeking employment and employers needing support. Call ahead to schedule. Click here for more info.

Looking for a job? Visit Workforce Solutions Capital Area Jobs page for open positions with employers hiring now!

The Economic Development Department is waiving the charge for its online Small Business Classes. Browse all available online classes through the Economic Development Department’s website.

Texas Business Resources
Where you can also find information on the Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series. Sign up for Small Business Updates to be notified as soon as webinar dates are announced. The series will provide, relevant, actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources and will connect business owners with local experts and support systems.

Resources for Individuals & Families

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