The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is working closely with local, state and federal officials along with staying in contact with U.S. government agencies 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.
It is imperative that The Woodlands area's business community also pull together and use its influence to bend the curve on COVID-19 cases. Many of our community's businesses are already providing strong leadership, outreach, policy and compassion, while navigating these unprecedented times.
We are concerned about you and your business as we are all navigating uncharted waters with COVID-19.
Our goal is to understand and capture your business needs so we can be helpful in providing visibility into the vast array of resources being established as we speak at the local, state and federal levels. We will use your survey responses in that effort. In addition, we want to be able to direct you to resources if they are available.
Thank you for participating in this confidential survey, which should take less than five minutes to complete.
March 27, 2020
Montgomery County Issues Order Stay Home, Stop the Spread
March 19, 2020
State of Texas Issues Declaration of Public Health Disaster
We have compiled resources for businesses in The Woodlands area looking for guidance during and after this pandemic. If you have any questions, contact 281-367-5777 or email@example.com.
Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created a guide with everything you need to know about how to apply for relief under the CARES Act, including eligibility, requirements and application guidelines.
Montgomery County Coronavirus Response Hub
Montgomery County has launched a central site dedicated to tracking and reporting Coronavirus Response. The Hub is maintained by the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with Montgomery County GIS and various other agencies within the region. The website includes information such as active cases, recoveries, maps, resources, Commissioner Precincts where the cases are active, and more.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Plan, Prepare and Respond to Conronavirus Disease 2019
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state.
All small businesses who believe they may be eligible for a SBA EIDL should visit the SBA website where they will be directed to where they can apply for assistance.
Coronavirus Response Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled CDC's coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and local officials. Below, you'll find sharable graphics based on the CDC's latest guidance for businesses and employees. We encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees.
Communications Tool Kit
These communications tools are available to print and share in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Feel free to display and/or distribute to communicate key information to the public about COVID-19.
The CDC website has additional communication resources available in other languages, including Spanish.
Disaster Help Desk
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation created a Disaster Help Desk for business – an information concierge to assist small businesses with disaster readiness, relief and long-term recovery.
Coronavirus Tax Relief
Businesses with less than 500 employees can get funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members.
Texas Comptroller Assistance
The Texas Comptroller is offering assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they have collected from customers. For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the Texas Comptroller is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
Resources for Job SeekersThe Texas Workforce Commission has provided guidelines and information regarding unemployment insurance for employers and workers affected by the crisis.
Resources for Manufacturers
With the impacts of Coronavirus felt throughout the country, the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. has provided resources and information for companies and their employees.
Resources for Startups
Ion Houston has done a round-up of some of the most useful resources and articles for startups and to use during the COVID-19 crisis.
Resources for NonprofitsWe can expect many nonprofits will face new challenges in the weeks ahead. Nonprofits that hold large conferences, conduct in-person fundraising events, or provide training sessions may need to assess their options. Those that provide services to populations who are most at risk acquiring the virus may be facing unique challenges in serving their communities.
TX Restaurant Relief FundTo support independent restaurants, the TX Restaurant Relief Fund will distribute grants of up to $5,000 PER UNIT to immediately support their financial needs. These funds are earmarked specifically for use to support keeping your doors open and workers employed.
Updated Count of COVID-19 Cases in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central time. Numbers are current as of 8 p.m. the day before reporting.
Supporting The Woodlands Area Business Community
Community Video Challenge - Deadline: March 30
How can you help support The Woodlands area community during the Coronavirus crisis?
Email video to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 30
Rules and Guidance:
- Video record answers (alone or with your co-workers or loved ones)
- Make your answers short and take a pause between ideas
- Show off your logo (with marketing products, business signage)
- Film horizontally (in a quiet room with good lighting)
- No selfie mode (use a tripod or something to hold your phone)
- Make sure the shot is stable and everyone is in the frame
- After hitting record, wait 5 seconds and say your line
- Wait another 5 seconds before ending the video
- Your video should be under 30 seconds
- Avoid refunds/postpone instead of cancelling
- Buy a gift card from a local business
- Check on neighbors and loved ones
- Donate money, food or blood
- Leave good reviews online
- Order takeout/delivery
- Support essential workers
- Stay home if you're sick
- Tip service workers extra
- Take part in online classes
Complimentary Marketing Opportunities
The Chamber is here as your business resource and advocate. We encourage all members to use the Chamber website and social media pages to promote their business.
Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and we will share your updates with the community. Post special discounts or promotions to the Chamber website through the Hot Deals program. List your press releases on the Chamber website to increase the awareness of your latest news.
Take the #GiftCardChallengePurchase a gift card from a local restaurant or retailer to display your continuing support of our local businesses. Share your gift card photo on social media along with #giftcardchallenge and tag us on Facebook and Instagram.Together, we can be good neighbors and shop safe, shop smart and shop local.
Do you have a resource to add?
New support for small businesses are arising every day, and we want to make sure we're sharing it far and wide to help as many entrepreneurs as possible. If you have resources to share, do a good deed and email us at email@example.com.