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Payroll Protection Program Forgiveness Application
CLICK HERE to download
Information for Post Covid-19 Business Life
EY has a series of helpful webinars available to keep you updated and informed on best practices related to post Covid-10 business life. CLICK HERE for further information.
Information on Mental Health Resources
Mental health is an undeniably important matter, especially during this time of a health pandemic. Most people don’t have access to the resources they need when they need help. Here is a set of 60 resources made available by the Social Work License Map.
- Social Work License Map: CLICK HERE
Websites and Connections
- Small Business Administration: www.covid19relief.sba.gov Phone# 800-659-2955
- Treasury Website: www.home.treasury.gov
- Local District office Contact District Director Herb Austin Phone # 817-684-5502
- Deputy District Director Elsie Collins Phone #817-684-5530
- Schedule of Liabilities provided by SBA: CLICK HERE to download
- List of SBA Banks in Dallas: CLICK HERE to download
Notes and Tips from Coronavirus Relief Small Business Briefing Webinar
Colin Allred U.S. House of Representatives Texas 32nd District and Susheel Kumar, Public Information Officer for the Western Region of the Small Business Administration (SBA) provided the latest information regarding federal relief for small businesses, specifically the latest funding package voted by the Senate and approved by the House on April 23, 2020. Mr. Kumar reviewed documentation required for the Emergency Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL).
- For Congressman Colin Allred’s COVID specific information CLICK HERE.
- Congress Allred’s Small Business Guide CLICK HERE
- To review the webinar entire discussion CLICK HERE.
- If you have applied for the PPP, contact the bank where you applied for the status
- You can apply to more than one financial institution
- Smaller banks and financial institutions (additional institutions approved 4/24/20) appear to be funding more smaller business loan applications
- You can apply for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the EIDL
- If you haven’t applied…APPLY NOW!
BEWARE OF COVID 19 SCAMS AND FRAUD SCHEMES
“The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.”
SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
Loans — If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
- SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
- If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to mailto:email@example.com.
Phishing — Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385.
- Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII),to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer.
- If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number.
- Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov .
- The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA. Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www.sba.gov.
Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385.
COVID-19 FEDERAL RESOURCES
CARES ACT — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a stimulus package aimed at addressing the impact of COVID-19. The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress is intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. There are many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives made available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
CARES ACT GUIDE – click here to download guide
Paycheck Protection Program Resources
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program – click here
- SBA Disaster Loan Program – click here – SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Debt Relief for existing SBA loans: $17 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans, including 7(a), Community Advantage, 504, and Microloan programs. LEARN MORE.
- Department of the Treasury CARES Act — click here
- Refundable Payroll Tax Credits — The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. LEARN MORE.
SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide – click here for information (effective 3/25/20)
SBA provides direct loan assistance to small businesses located in communities impacted by Presidentially-declared disasters and disasters declared by SBA under its own authority. The EBL Pilot Program is designed to supplement the Agency’s direct disaster loan capabilities.
The EBL Pilot Program authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by Presidentially-declared disasters while those small businesses apply for and await long-term financing (including through SBA’s direct Disaster Loan Program, if eligible).
CDC – Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers – click here
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as additional information becomes available. The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. (CDC has provided separate guidance for healthcare settings.) This guidance also provides planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19.
Score: Small Business Disaster Preparedness Resources
FEMA: Emergency Business Continuity Plan (PDF)
COVID-19 ARTICLES & Updates
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus
- EY COVID-19 Webcasts — To learn about navigating the unprecedented events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, join EY professionals and other subject matter resources on a series of webcasts, covering supply chain, global trade, employee health, public policy, risk, information security and much more. All webcasts are offered live and on-demand. LEARN MORE
- The IBM Institute for Business Value has prepared a COVID-19 Business Insights center, including an action guide for business leaders.
- Dallas County Covid-19 Updates – click here — Residents are asked to help prevent spread of the virus by practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home.
- Tarrant County Covid-19 Updates – click here — Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has signed a declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency. The order was signed to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.
- Collin County Covid-19 Updates – click here — Collin County’s health department receives daily COVID-19 test results – positive and negative – from physicians’ offices, private labs, hospitals and the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) through Texas’ Department of State Health Services (DSHS). We share this information with the public the same day it is received.
- Denton County Covid-19 Updates – click here
- COVID-19 testing site utilizes new self-swab method — Dallas, Texas – Starting April 15 the COVID-19 Community Based Testing Site (CBTS) located at the Ellis Davis Field House (EDFH) will begin utilizing self-swab testing kits, transitioning from nasopharyngeal swabs. “The self-swab testing method proves to be less invasive and is safer for patients and healthcare providers,” said Randall Payton, Incident Commander of both CBTS locations. “Health and safety are the primary goals for workers and those being tested. We’re confident this new method will decrease the risk of contamination.” The new process allows persons being tested to swab shallowly in their nose as opposed to a healthcare professional collecting a sample from further up the nasal cavity. The self-swab kits were delivered last week and a dry run was conducted at EDFH Monday, April 14. The American Airlines Center CBTS location will continue using the nasopharyngeal swabs.
- Dallas County Mandates Face Coverings for All — On April 16, Dallas County has issued an update to Judge Clay Jenkins’ existing shelter-in-place order to include a mandate regarding face coverings in public (i.e. Essential Businesses and public transportation). This change is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17. This change was implemented because, since an infected person can transmit the COVID-19 virus to others before showing any symptoms, the covering of a person’s nose and mouth is necessary to help slow the spread of the virus. This new mandate includes the following:
- All persons over the age of two (2) shall wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, when patronizing an Essential Business or using public transportation.
- All non-medical employees who work at an Essential Businesses or perform services that are exempt under this Order must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while performing their work.
- An owner or operator of an Essential Business may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face covering.
- Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.
- City of Dallas Press Release – April 22, 2020 — Dallas City Council provides COVID-19 relief — Dallas, Texas – The Dallas City Council took swift action to provide COVID-19 relief to city of Dallas residents on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Council voted on items providing up to $18.4 million which resulted from the two new Ad Hoc COVID-19 Committees. In addition to providing rental assistance and small business relief, a majority of council members also supported measures preventing eviction. The information includes Small Business Relief for low to moderate income business owners, mortgage/rental assistance, disaster declaration extension and Covid-19 landlord – tenant notification. CLICK HERE for the full press release.
- Useful Information provided by D/FW MSDC Certified MBE, Gwen Evans of RyanWest LLC. Gwen has researched and published articles that have proved beneficial in communicating requirements, resources and funding options during this COVID-19 Crisis. The 2 Links are below please click:
COVID-19 SUPPLIER MATCHMAKER provided by Michigan MSDC
This business opportunity matchmaking portal has been designed by Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council to immediately assist corporations, government agencies, small businesses and entrepreneurs in order to accelerate the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The site allows those interested in buying products OR services to input their needs and requirements in order to be matched with those that meet their specifications. In addition, those who are selling products OR services may share their capacity in order to be matched. We have achieved strong matches and facilitated lucrative transactions. So, they have now invited our national network of fellow NMSDC affiliate councils as well as our network of peer MBDA Centers and various chambers to join in this effort at no charge to them or their constituents.
- WHO? — The focus is on qualified minority businesses from throughout the nation. Because our goal is to meet emergent needs, membership or certification is not required to participate. If corporations or state agencies have significant or specialized orders, we invite you to complete the process, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their team will then contact you to conduct a customized search for potential supplier partners.
- HOW? — To add your organization’s needs and/or capacity, please take the following steps:
- Click on either the BUYER or SUPPLIER/MBE link below
- Complete the form to the best of your ability. The more they know, the better they can match your company.
- Receive your confirmation email. An MMSDC Representative will contact you with potential matches and further instruction.
Complete your Matchmaker Profile:BUYERSUPPLIER
GENERAL COVID-19 GRANTS & LOANS INFORMATION
Comerica — CLICK HERE — for the latest information from Comerica Bank, including information on completing the loan and mistakes that could slow processing. Comerica is currently accepting applications so that we may process and queue up applications for submission to the SBA should additional funds be approved by the U.S. government. We encourage you to apply as quickly as possible. If we require additional information once you’ve submitted an application with supporting documents, we will contact you. Providing complete, accurate information and documentation will help prevent delays. Due to extremely high demand for this program, all institutions who are accepting applications cannot guarantee how quickly the volume of applications can be processed and prepared for submission to the SBA, nor guarantee that funds will still be available at the time an application reaches the submission stage. As we reach out to our customers about this important program, you may receive more than one email. If you have already submitted a completed application to us online or through other means, please do not reapply.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program — Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where Facebook operates, including the U.S. “We appreciate your patience as we launch Facebook’s Small Business Grants Program. We’re taking great care in how we accept, review and deliver grants to over 30,000 businesses across 30 countries who need help. We’re now accepting applications for all eligible areas in the United States.” CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Goldman Sachs and LiftFund Loans for Small Business – click here — Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
PayPal, Intuit and Square have all been approved to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program, which provides aid in the form of forgivable loans for small businesses that keep all employees on their payroll for at least eight weeks.
Check the individual websites for further information on their process.
Empowered Women Empower Women – Grant – click here
Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.
Enterprising Women of Color – Grant – click here – search MBDA Enterprising Women of Color for further information and grant application. Deadline is May 30, 2020
Main Street Lending Program – click here
The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion. Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year. Eligible banks may originate new Main Street loans or use Main Street loans to increase the size of existing loans to businesses. Banks will retain a 5 percent share, selling the remaining 95 percent to the Main Street facility, which will purchase up to $600 billion of loans. Firms seeking Main Street loans must commit to make reasonable efforts to maintain payroll and retain workers. Borrowers must also follow compensation, stock repurchase, and dividend restrictions that apply to direct loan programs under the CARES Act. Firms that have taken advantage of the PPP may also take out Main Street loans.
- Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF): Term Sheet (April 9, 2020) (PDF) Main
- Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF): Term Sheet (April 9, 2020) (PDF)
Texas Women’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs Grant – click here — The purpose of this grant is to help sustain women-owned businesses while you are under economic hardship due to COVID-19. The funds can be used for technology upgrades or other items needed to change or adapt your business model. Operating expenses (excluding payment of sales tax, payroll, purchase of food for consumption, penalties and fees, and charitable donations).
Yelp’s Relief for affected businesses — Yelp is providing $25 million in COVID-19 relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products, and services. CLICK HERE.
Verizon and LISC Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund — Verizon’s investment of $2.5 million into a Recovery Fund, is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. CLICK HERE
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund — The national nonprofit culinary arts organization has launched the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. The Foundation will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. CLICK HERE
Google is giving small businesses worldwide $340 million in ad credits for Google Ads. Small business who have become active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 will see a credit notification appear in the next few months. LEARN MORE
Bank of America’s small business resources page includes information about the federal Paycheck Protection Program and other helpful information for Bank of America small business clients.
Capital One has important information for business owners, as well as details about the Paycheck Protection Program.
Additional Resources & Tools
Monitoring rapidly emerging government policy and stimulus responses to COVID-19
- UPS Immediate Fulfillment Help for eCommerce Businesses — For small and mid-sized businesses with an immediate need of fulfillment alternatives, UPS has flexible solutions that provide fast signup, easy on-boarding, and reliable delivery to meet customer needs. For smaller ecommerce businesses, UPS eFulfillment offers an outsourced fulfillment solution that connects to over 20 marketplaces and shopping carts, allowing you to seamlessly route your orders to strategically located UPS warehouses for fast, reliable fulfillment and shipping. For larger businesses (200-2000 daily orders), Ware2Go, a UPS Company, is a flexible, on-demand choice. LEARN MORE
- Microsoft is offering a free 6-month trial of Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, in the response to the increased need for employees to work from home.
- EY insights on structured crisis management, enterprise resilience and planning for recovery
- CARES ACT — New provisions on employee benefits, compensation, and wages
- CARES ACT — Resources impacting the nonprofit independent sector
- Accounting and Financial Reporting Considerations
- EY Global Tax policy tracker
- Key tax alerts
- EY’s tax alert newsletter –under Industry, select Government & Public Sector and Health & Life Sciences)