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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

As COVID-19 emerges as a global concern, the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation and we want to provide you with accurate information, useful tools, and resources that allow you to operate your business effectively.

With the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, the Cleburne Chamber encourages all local businesses to consider the following:

  1. For your business: Prepare for negative economic impacts.
    • Capital: Create, confirm, or expand your line of credit.
    • Staffing: Develop staffing plans for varying levels of customers and revenue (what does an 80% scenario plan look like?).
    • Insurance: Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and options.
  2. For your customers: Make your place of business as hygienic as possible and communicate what you are doing to customers so they feel comfortable visiting.
  3. For your employees: Check, modify, and communicate HR policies regarding remote working, sick-leave, and compensation during the health crisis. Try to ensure your policies are as flexible and non-punitive as possible. Sick employees should be encouraged to stay home.
  4. For your workflow: Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences. Where relevant, consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time; and create and test remote employee collaboration systems (consider apps such as Slack and Zoom).
  5. For your cashflow: Communicate with your landlord (or tenants) and lenders about expectations and request flexibility (better to have that conversation now).
  6. For yourself: Eat well, sleep, and exercise. Taking care of yourself in this time of stress will improve your resistance to infection and resilience in managing difficult business situations. And of course, wash your hands all the dang time and don’t touch your face, or anyone else, for that matter.
  7. For your Chamber: For us to best serve you, we need to know and share what our members are doing to manage risks. To that end, please tell us what’s working and what you need from us!

Currently, our Chamber office will remain open. Some upcoming programs have been canceled or rescheduled. Check our Community Resource Page for a full listing, updated as we receive notice. Please keep an eye on our website for updates on events, Chamber news, and resources to help your business weather this trying time.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/9/7/97ac840c-28b7-4e49-b872-d30a995d8dae/F2CF1DD78E6D6C8C8C3BF58C6D1DDB2B.small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf

 

SBA Loan Info
https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/

 

Texas Workforce Commission's Resources for Employers
https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers

 

COVID-19: Keeping #CleburneStrong Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1287055168150192/


Disaster Assistance from the Small Business Administration

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

SBA News release
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Bullet points from above news release
https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Preparing for and responding to Coronavirus from Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
https://resources.acce.org/crisismanagement

 

Combating the Coronavirus from the US Chamber of Commerce
https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

 

Governor Abbott Holds Press Conference on Coronavirus, Declares State of Disaster for All Texas Counties
https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-holds-press-conference-on-coronavirus-declares-state-of-disaster-for-all-texas-counties

 

COVID-19 info from Texas Health & Human Services
dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

 

COVID-19 info from Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

U.S. Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources
https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

 

CDC: Handout to Keep the Workplace Safe
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

 

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

 

SBA: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

 

Forbes: Top 15 Tips To Effectively Manage Remote Employees
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/05/30/top-15-tips-to-effectively-manage-remote-employees/#317c0632503c

 

Pandemic Guidance
https://www.ready.gov/pandemic
A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

 

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
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)

 

Understanding the Coronavirus
https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/1630996161954675458
On-demand webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Jan 27, 2020)

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know
https://www.bakerdonelson.com/coronavirus
Free webinar hosted by Baker Donelson to learn about how you can safeguard your business from the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

After Travel Precautions
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.

 

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