E-Alert #12 | COVID-19
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North SA Chamber Supports PPP Extension Bill and HEROES Act
Bill Introduced to Amend the Small Business Act, PPP | Extends 501c6 Eligibility | Senator Ted Cruz announced that he joined Senator Tim Scott and Small Business Committee Chairman, Marco Rubio to amend the Small Business Act expanding the Paycheck Protection Program for organizations, such as 501(c)6 non-profits and DMOs. Find details of the bill at Paycheck Protection Program Eligibility Extension Bill .

Health & Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act | The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act bill, which responds to the COVID-19 its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. The bill was placed on the Senate Calendar on June 1, 2020 and is expected to be voted on mid-July. Bill Summary | HEROES Act HR 6800 Read More
Governor Abbott Announced Phase III, Re-Opens Texas
June 22 | On June 3, Governor Abbott announced the third phase of the Texas plan to continue safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Effective immediately, all businesses in Texas may operate at up to 50% capacity, with limited exceptions.

Today, the Governor discussed several steps the state is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus in recent weeks—including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals throughout the state to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19. Read More
Local Updates | Bexar County & City of SA Issue New Orders
NEW: Executive Order NW-10 issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff | Executive Order NW-10 , effective June 3 through June 30, 2020.

The order mandates all commercial entities in Bexar County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the business' premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.

Businesses have until today, June 22 nd  to require masks for customers and workers or they risk a $1,000 fine. Read More
Bexar County COVID-19 Face mask Registration Portal NOW OPEN!
Distribution Dates Available:
Wed., June 24 & Sat., June 27
All commercial entities in Bexar County providing goods or services directly to the public are eligible to register.

The ability for businesses to obtain and use PPE (touchless thermometers, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and Plexiglas covering) to help protect their employees is critical in helping our community get back to work and stay at work. Read More
Mayor Nirenberg amends emergency health declaration adding mask requirement for businesses, aligning to Judge Wolff's order

June 18 | Effective immediately, all commercial businesses providing goods or services directly to the public in Bexar County must create a Health and Safety Policy that requires employees and customers wear face coverings if they cannot maintain physical distancing. Read More
Workforce Updates | Survey & Internships Available
CALL TO ACTION - Take the Workforce Survey
We are in the midst of a community-wide evaluation to identify current and projected job openings in order to match short-term job training and certification program needs. We are also interested in identifying employer interest in offering on-the-job training (OJT) that will help to optimize job placement during and upon completion of these training and re-skilling opportunities across the city and county. Please take a few minutes to complete the  survey   Read More

Deadline to complete this 5-7 minute survey is June 26 .
SA Works 2020 Virtual Internship Opportunities
Small Business Financial Resources

June 16 | Loan Forgiveness 

June 24 | Webinar: PPP EZ Application-Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness Register 

June 30 | PPP Loan Applications Due

June 15 | SBA Re-opened EIDL and Advance Program to Eligible Small Businesses & Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic


The Guide reflects recent substantive changes to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility, such as:

  • Extends the time to spend PPP funds from 8 to 24 weeks
  • Lowers the payroll amount that must be spent from 75% to 60%
  • Extends the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll to 12/31/2020
  • Sets repayment term for loans made after 6/4/2020 at 5 yrs.
Now Open

Business Loans to provide support to medium-sized and small businesses and their employees across the U.S. during the current financial strain due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Loans from $250K - $300M. Main Street loans are available immediately.

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