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Chamber Latte: Special Edition - Coronavirus
Following containment guidelines for COVID-19, we have temporarily closed our offices to public access. We are still available by phone and email. Please contact us by phone at 817-837-1000 or email MetroportInfo@MetroportChamber.org . We are ready to help you!
March 23, 2020
Greetings! Here's what you'll find in this week's Chamber Latte:
New This Week:
  • Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
  • Buy Online - But Buy Local!
  • Coronavirus Business Resources
  • Update: New Dates for Chamber Events
  • Chamber Blog: How to Write an Effective Coronavirus (COVID-19) Message for Your Business
  • Video: Shifting Customer Service from Face-to-Face to Online
  • Video: How to Get Financial Support Online from Crowdfunding
In Every Issue:
  • Chamber Marketplace
  • Chamber Save the Date
  • 2020 Community, Member & Event Partners
Thank You to Those Serving on the Front Lines!
As many of us try to hunker down, work from home, and change our social habits, there are many who have been working overtime to keep us safe, prepare for this public emergency, keep our shelves stocked and fight this pandemic.

Many thanks to the first responders, medical teams, (now online) teachers, retail workers, truck drivers, delivery drivers, supply chain workers and more! We appreciate the extra time and effort you're putting in to keep us safe and minimize disruption in our lives. Thank you so much!
Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
Texas has been approved to apply for disaster assistance loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ensure loan application is complete before you submit.

FOR ALL APPLICATIONS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED. 
  • Loan application (SBA Form 5), completed and signed (this is electronic/online in the portal)
  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506-T), completed and signed by each applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member; and, for any owner who has more than 50 percent ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management
  • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recently filed Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; an explanation if not available
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed, and dated by the applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, and each general partner or managing member
  • Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)

If you have any additional questions, please call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
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SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
Buy Online - But Buy Local!
Let's Support Each Other!
We're compiling a list of Member promotional offerings, special hours, take-out menus and more during the coronavirus pandemic.

Help support our local business community! Buy online - but buy local!

Include Your Special Offer!
Do you have a special offer to promote? Extended hours for seniors to shop? Are you providing a take-out menu? Offering a unique delivery service for your business? Let us know and we'll add you to the page! (Members only)

Click for details: https://conta.cc/33xCEYN
Coronavirus Business Resources
Resources for Your Business
We have a dedicated webpage with helpful information for our businesses to navigate this pandemic crisis.


We will update this page as new information becomes available.
New Chamber Event Dates
Mark Your Calendars! New Dates!
  • All networking events postponed in March and April

  • State of the Communities Address moved to the June 2 Membership Luncheon

  • The Taste at the Charles Schwab Event Center moved to August 27

  • Added: Business Builder Networking Coffee in July

We look forward to seeing you in the future!
Stay tuned for event details.
Chamber Blog
How to Write an Effective Coronavirus (COVID-19) Message ...

If you have had time to look in your email inbox recently, it's likely cluttered with messages from big brands telling you what they're doing as we're facing the global pandemic of COVID-19. The point behind these communications is to quell fear...

Read more
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Shifting Service from Face-to-Face to Online
Businesses will need to have more than a simple e-commerce presence online. You will need to shift customer service online as well. We found this video to be a helpful, informational starting point.
Get Financial Support Online with Crowdfunding
Businesses may find financial help by utilizing online crowdfunding sources. This quick video is a good, informational resource.
Plan Now - Travel Later!
Travel to France in October 2020
Our trip to France is still on, and it's going to be fantastic with great friends, amazing food, and fabulous sights.

Any concerns about planning now have been removed!

  • Early bird pricing extended to April 18
  • Final payment isn't due until July 15
  • Cancellation penalties (except insurance costs) have been removed if you cancel by July 15

So don't be discouraged! Plan your trip today!
Travel to see Avignon, St. Remy De Provence, Les Baux De Provence, Arles, Orange, Aix-en-Provence then, Nice, Cannes, St. Paul-de-Vence, Villefranche, Monte Carlo and Eze. Plus! New option to Paris!
Brewed Inspiration
Chamber Marketplace
Drop off a supply at the Chamber Office!
Chamber Marketplace is a member benefit of the Metroport Chamber.
For advertising details and specs, please click here .
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Chamber Calendar
THIS WEEK!
All networking events postponed in March and April.

SAVE THE DATE!



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Metroport Chamber
600 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., Ste. 500
Roanoke, TX 76262
817.837.1000 
 
Sally Aldridge, IOM, President & CEO
Mary Anne Weatherred, Membership and Programs Manager
Tom Ritz, Membership Development
Carrie Kindel, Accounts Manager
Alicia Rowntree, Events and Marketing
Karen Granade, Leadership Program & Chamber Travel
Sam Meredith, Building Project Manager
Christina Weeks, Communications
 
Our Mission:
Create, promote, and enhance opportunity and growth for the business community.
 
PUBLIC HOURS: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM
The Chamber's office is temporarily closed to the public, though you can reach us by phone or email. Please contact us at 817-837-1000 or MetroportInfo@MetroportChamber.org .
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