Tarrant County Business Information
SCORE Fort Worth Webinar Meeting of June 24, 2020 Recording re Grant Assistance
Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant Program Information and Application Link
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley's Executive Order of June 25, 2020
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SCORE Fort Worth presented a webinar on June 24, 2020 to assist businesses with the process of applying for the Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant.
The Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to very small businesses that have been adversely affected by the current COVID-19 public health emergency and most likely have found it difficult to apply and access other federal grants or loans through the SBA or traditional banks and lending institutions. This grant program is aimed at assisting small businesses with the costs of business interruption caused by required closures. The dollar amount of individual grants will be determined by the financial information provided, the number of eligible grant applications received and the funding pool available, with no individual grant being more than $10,000. An amount of $30 million in CARES Act funds has been allocated by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court to the Small Business Assistance Grant Program for grant funding purposes.
Meeting Recording: https://score.zoom.us/rec/share/-_RPF6HX_DpLT5XiuGjZdu0dEtTCX6a813BM_voLyE0DFbdG9RkT4vQVl6ubE4wX
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The Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant Program grant application has opened and will remain open until July 1 at 6 pm. The application can be accessed from the Tarrant County website at http://smallbusiness.tarrantcounty.com .
Tarrant County (Bedford) businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and have fewer than 25 employees may be eligible for assistance through the Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant Program.
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court recently allocated $30 million in CARES Act funds to the Small Business Assistance Grant Program, which aims to assist very small businesses with costs associated with business interruptions caused by the public health emergency. At least $6 million, or 20% of the total grant funds available, is allocated for businesses with 51% Minority, Woman or Veteran ownership.
The dollar amount of individual grants will be determined by the financial information provided, the number of eligible grant applications received and the funding pool available. All grants will be limited to $10,000 and will be on a reimbursement basis. The application period begins at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2020, and ends at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Grant funding is limited to businesses who meet certain criteria, including:
• A small business with 25 or less Full Time Equivalent employees
• Located within Tarrant County, outside the City of Fort Worth
• A for-profit business in operation in Tarrant County as of January 1, 2020
• Applications limited to one (1) business per Owner(s)
• Business was closed or partially closed due to COVID-19
• Business shows a reduction in Net Profit or an increased Loss from COVID-19
Allowable expenses for grant reimbursement consideration includes:
Payroll costs for employees
Rent, lease or mortgage payment (excluding escrow for property taxes) for real property used for business purposes (i.e. storefront or warehouse, excluding personal residence.)
Rent, lease or purchase payment for business property (e.g., delivery vehicle, food truck, kitchen equipment, technology, payment and communications systems and equipment)
New or expanded technology applications and Wi-Fi services
Utility payments for business properties (excluding personal residence)
Cost of critical business operations (raw materials, inventory spoilage, etc. payments)
PPE and sanitation supplies and equipment
Interest on other business debt obligations incurred before January 1, 2020 (excluding personal residence)
Other reimbursable costs of business interruption contemplated by the CARES Act.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO APPLY: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/county/small-business.html
TARRANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDER, June 25, 2020
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley this morning provided an update on COVID-19 and announced an executive order requiring the wearing of masks in most public situations. Judge Whitley shared that over the past two weeks, Tarrant County has seen a 52% increase in positive COVID-19 cases, a 67% increase in hospitalizations, and a 14% increase in deaths.
“We believe that masks are our best alternative at this time,” he said, emphasizing that he does not want to return to the restrictions instituted in March.
Today’s executive order will become effective at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020. Here are the highlights:
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬?
Any commercial entity in the county that provides goods or services directly to the public must develop a "health and safety policy" that includes requiring anyone inside their facility to wear a face-covering when in close proximity to other people. Businesses may add other measures to their policy in addition to masks such as temperature checks or health screenings, and their policy must be posted “in a conspicuous location” so that it’s visible to the public. The county order also includes an example policy that businesses may use.
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝?
The order urges anyone 10 years or older to wear a face-covering that covers their nose and mouth anywhere in public where it is difficult to keep six feet of separation. It requires that masks be worn in Tarrant County businesses that provide goods or services to the public, as well as outdoor areas where 100 people or more are present. Please note: The CDC does not recommend face coverings for children under 2 years old.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤?
• When eating or drinking
• When receiving a service where the wearing of a face covering would impair the performance of the service (i.e. receiving a facial)
• If wearing a mask poses a “significant mental or physical health risk” to the individual
𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤?
Businesses can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation of the order if they do not "develop and implement" a health and safety policy within five days of when the order goes into effect. The order goes into effect at 6:00 p.m. June 26, 2020, so businesses must have their policies in place by Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭?
The order is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020. Please note that it may be extended, modified, or ended early by Judge Whitley.
Judge Whitley’s order comes after Gov. Abbott on Monday said that COVID-19 was spreading at “an unacceptable rate” in Texas. As of Wednesday afternoon’s update, Tarrant County Public Health has recorded 9,846 positive cases of COVID-19.