The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to facilitate economic success for our community. The below is trusted information compiled of local, state and federal resources that businesses can check for ongoing updates.
The information included on this page includes:
- Businesses with Modifications to Services or Hours
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Business Loan & Recovery Guide
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Facebook Grant Program
- Grant Program for Women’s Business
- Regulation Updates (Information and Proclamations on Business and School Closures from City, County and State)
- Business Resources (additional resources and best practices)
- Temporary Job Announcements
- Employee Resources
- CDC Recommendations
Businesses with Modifications to Services or Hours
The business section will be updated daily with Chamber members who have modified services or hours. Please visit us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications when updates have been made to these listings.
- Georgetown Businesses and Chamber Members with Modified Services and Hours
- Restaurants in Georgetown
- Restaurants in Georgetown with Delivery Option
- Essential Businesses
Wilco Forward (Williamson County Small Business Grant Program)
Williamson County announced their small business grant on May 5, 2020. The Williamson County program is open to the majority of small business and sole proprietors with 100 or fewer Full Time Equivalents. The maximum amount per business is up to $30,000. Williamson County has the application on their website at www.wilco.org/forward. The Chamber will link to more information as it becomes available.
- Official Press Release
- YouTube Video of Press Conference with Commissioner Valerie Covey and County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
On May 19, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.
PPP borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness with the lender that processed the loan.
This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
Paycheck Protection Program
The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. The PPP is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and assist with payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees or SBA fees. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, if employers maintain their payroll, certain portions of the loans can be forgiven, including payroll, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments. Loans will be available through more than 135 existing SBA-certified lenders in Texas, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions.
- About the Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program compared to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Paycheck Protection Program application
- Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
- SBA Lenders in Georgetown
- SBA Lenders in Central Texas
Economic Injury Disaster Business Loan & Recovery Guide:
Take the steps to business recovery using the SBDC guide to track financial loss and apply for SBA’s economic injury disaster loan program.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if a previous application was declined or still pending.
SBA Loan – Information About the Application Process
- Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- SBA Loan Application Preparation
- SBA Update to Texas COVID-19 Resources
- Loan Advance Application
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. The programs and initiatives in the Act are intended to assist business owners and nonprofits with current needs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Following President Trump’s signing of the CARES Act, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Information and FAQ about Economic Injury Loans, the CARES Act, Tax Credits, and Other Options
Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee. Employers who receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are not eligible for a tax credit.
Guidance Needed from Business Community
In conjunction with area Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development groups, policy makers, and other business assistance groups of the communities in Williamson County, we are conducting a new survey to ask for guidance about what businesses will need when some or all of the COVID-19 mitigation restrictions are lifted.
We understand that there are many surveys out right now seeking your input – but this one really is different. It is supported by the largest group of business assistance organizations in Williamson County. The information gathered will be compiled and relayed to decision makers as quickly as possible. Your responses will be used to inform decisions being made right now.
Facebook Small Business Grants:
Grant Program for Women’s Businesses Hurt by COVID-19:
Opportunities to Support Your Community During COVID-19:
Regulations and Notifications:
- Library some parks facilities open with limited service
- City closes parks & recreation amenities in response to county Stay-Home order
- City Council Extends Local Disaster Declaration
- City updates on GoGeo, Animal Shelter, trash services, library, municipal court, and local orders
- GoGeo Transit reduces hours. Animal Shelter changes operations. Trash and recycling service requests from City. Library pick-up service. Municipal Court updates.
- City closes library, parks and recreation, and Visitors Center facilities in response to COVID-19
- City closes Library and Rec Center through May 11. Red Poppy Rescheduled till October 23-25.
Georgetown ISD News:
- Free internet access for students impacted by COVID-19
- Georgetown ISD suspends operations till April 6.
- GISD extends Spring Break by two weeks and closes facilities.
- Georgetown ISD Coronavirus FAQ.
- GISD health resources related to Coronavirus.
- County Issues Stay Home Stay Safe Order for Williamson County
- County Tax Assessor/ Collector Answers Common Questions
- Williamson County Issues Order Limiting Gatherings to 10 people or less
- County prohibits the gathering of more than 10 people unless for normal business operations.
- Food establishments ordered to close dining areas open to the public.
- Indoor and outdoor bar spaces are ordered to close.
County and Cities Health District:
- Stay Home Stay Safe Order Extended 4.7.2020
- Health District Provides Search to free and low-cost services
- Plan – Don’t Panic: Coronavirus Information
- Federal Tax Deadline Extended to July 15
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Implementing Essential Services & Activities Protocols
- Layoff Assistance and Aversion Assistance from Workforce Solutions
- Approval of Emergency Designation for Small Business Disaster Loans
- TWC Encourages Employers to Enroll in the Shared Work Program
- Avoiding and Reporting Scams
- How to Report Price Gouging
Temporary or Permanent Jobs
Business Resources & Best Practices
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CDC Prevention Guides, Plans & Info
Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Prevention Guidance & Response Plan: For Businesses and Employers – CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Feb 2020)
Preventing COVID-19 Spread In Communities: Schools workplaces & community locations
Pandemic Guidance – A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.