COVID-19: Economic Assistance Resources

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Written by Ashley White
On March 27, 2020 at 9:58 PM

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Visit The Woodlands and The Woodlands Township are both closely monitoring attempts to mitigate COVID-19, and how those mitigation attempts are affecting our nation and more importantly our local community. As resources become available from State and Federal agencies, the following organizations can help you plan or take steps towards a successful future. #TheWoodlandsUnited

LOCAL RESOURCES

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is in charge of advocating for the business community. They support local charities. They create marketing and networking opportunities for members and serve as a professional and community resource. View their COVID Resource Kit here. You can also follow them on LinkedIn or Facebook. For more information please call 281-367-5777.

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership
The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership has a goal to help existing companies grow or help move companies, employees and families to a dynamic community where you can live, work and grow. You can follow them on LinkedIn or Facebook. For more information please call 281-363-8130.

Small Business Development Center
Business advisors and staff at the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network are working hard to support small business owners who are facing unprecedented and steep challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. They offer business advising services as well as free webinars online. Small businesses can also apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to help with the COVID19 crisis. View their toolkit online here.

STATE RESOURCES

Texas Economic Development
The Governor’s Business and Community Development Division has a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 for Texas businesses and community economic development partners available on their website. You can follow them on LinkedIn or Facebook. For more information please call (512) 936-0100.

Texas Workforce Commission
If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for benefits online using TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling the Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Central Time), Monday through Friday. You can also follow them on Facebook. For questions, compliments or complaints, call 800-628-5115.

Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation (TRAEF) has established the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to Texas’ independent restaurateurs and their employees due to shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. View the TRA’s COVID toolkit online here. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter. For more information please call 512-457-4100.

Texas Film Commission
If you work within the Texas moving image industry, several online resources are available to help. If you’re looking for work, check the Texas Film Commission Job Hotline for TV & Film jobs, Casting Calls and Game & Animation Jobs. Freelancers and businesses looking for work are encouraged to list their skills in the free Texas Production Directory. If you have a festival or conference accepting submission, include it on the Call for Entries page. Follow the Texas Film Commission on Facebook and Instagram. For more information call (512) 463-9200.

Texas Music Office
For more than 30 years, the Texas Music Office has served the Texas music industry to create opportunity and connection businesses with peers and government offices. List your music business or search the State’s directory. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram. For more information please call (512) 463-6666.

COVID-19 Cares Act
The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families. Follow them on Facebook.

Above and Beyond Foundation
The Above & Beyond Foundation has established an urgent grant fund to assist meeting and event hospitality industry workers that are unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, email TheAABF@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. Visit the live blog for the latest updates on COVID-19. Follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn. For more information please call 202-659-6000.

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus) and include: workplace safety, wages/hours/leave, unemployment insurance flexibilities, support for dislocated workers and states, job corps students, injured federal workers, federal contractors, foreign labor certification, flexibilities for mine operators, agriculture, spanish resources and other. You can also follow them on Facebook. For more information please call 1-866-487-2365.

U.S. Small Business Administration (Houston District Office)
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. Follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn. For more information please call 713-773-6500.

Baretender Emergency Relief Fund
The Bartender Emerency Relief fund is provided by the USBG National Charity Foundation. View their COVID-19 Toolkit here. If you would like to donate to the fund please click here. Follow the USBG National Charity Foundation on Facebook. For more information please call 855-655-8724.

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