*NEW* Rural Relief Small Business Grants Program

There’s a a new Rural Relief Small Business Grants Program that provides assistance to small businesses in rural communities of 50,000 or less. The grant is being offered by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). 

Local Initiatives Support Corporation ( is a national non-profit corporation that has been around since 1979. They receive funding from banks, corporations, foundations and government agencies, and use the funding to provide financing (loans, grants and equity) and technical and management assistance to local partners and developers. 

The current round of applications are due November 2nd; however, there are three additional application rounds between now and February 2021.

  • October 26 – November 2, 2020
  • November 26 – December 2, 2020
  • December 29, 2020 – January 5, 2021
  • January 26 – February 2, 2021



As part of our continuing commitment to elevate our impact in rural America, LISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. The application period is now open. 


Applications must be submitted by Monday, November 2nd at 11:59PM ET. 


Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located. If the business is mobile (a food truck, fishing boat, ride share driver, etc) please use the address where your vehicle is stored during non-business hours.

All potential applicants are encouraged to review the FAQ AND GRANT INFORMATION before applying –

Non-profit organizations are ineligible for the relief funding program at this time, but may be eligible for later rounds of funding.

More Job Opportunities

Several organizations are hiring large numbers of employees to meet the increased demand in their industries caused by COVID-19. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring in the Dallas Region right now.

  • Kroger is hiring pharmacy technicians and clerks in the Dallas Region… explore jobs.
  • Paycom is hiring team leads, sales representatives, technicians, and more… explore jobs.
  • Fidelity Investments is hiring 550 financial advisors, representatives, and customer service workers… explore jobs.
  • BrightSpring Health is hiring support professionals, physical therapists, talent development specialists, and more… explore jobs.

Recent Job Opportunities

Several organizations are hiring large numbers of employees to meet the increased demand in their industries caused by COVID-19. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring in the Dallas Region right now.

  • Baylor Scott & White is hiring registered nurses, medical assistants, support analysts, and more… explore jobs.
  • Martin Marietta is hiring load operators, a financial analysis lead, plant operators, and more… explore jobs.
  • Tom Thumb and Albertsons are hiring in retail, corporate, pharmacy, supply chain, and more… explore jobs.
  • TruePoint Communications is hiring an account supervisor, account executives, and a social media manager… explore jobs.

Governor’s Small Business Webinar – Business Strategies for an Evolving Future: Dynamic Financial Planning

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Online Webinar

It has never been more critical for all businesses to have a roadmap for the future. The next Governor’s Small Business Webinar, focused on Dynamic Financial Planning, will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with information and resources to create a sustainable vision for their business. This webinar will help small businesses enhance their business planning and cash flow management strategy to increase resiliency and maintain a competitive edge. The event includes a live Q&A with the Governor’s Office panel of experts.


Governor’s Small Business Webinar – Resources for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

When:  Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Where:  Online Webinar (FREE)

About the Webinar:
Please join us for the next small business webinar, which will focus on veteran-owned businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Connecting veterans with the people and resources they need to be successful in their entrepreneurial endeavors, this event will address a variety of key business topics and challenges. Small businesses in all stages—startups to established companies—are welcome to join us for this informative webinar and live Q&A with the experts!

Guest Speakers and Panelists:

  • Chip Osborne, Director of Resource Management, Texas Veterans Commission
  • Anna Baker, Manager, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Texas Veterans Commission
  • John Boerstler, CEO, Combined Arms
  • VR Small, CEO, Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center
  • Patrick Alcorn & Juan Flores, Veterans Business Outreach Center


Commissioners Court approves launch of small business grant program

(McKINNEY, Texas) – Collin County Commissioners Court today (8/24/20) approved the launch of the Collin CARES Small Business Grant Program that provides up to $25,000 for eligible companies where gross revenue losses were more than 15 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses with less than $5 million in gross revenues and fewer than 100 full-time employees are eligible, and must have operated continuously within Collin County for 6 months prior to March 1, 2020. Business owners can apply for up to three (3) business locations having common ownership within Collin County.

Commissioners Court voted unanimously Monday afternoon to set aside $15 million in U.S. CARES Act funding for the grants in addition to the $30 million earmarked for Housing assistance and $5 million for local food pantries.

The program will accept online applications ( from Sept. 4 through 25, 2020, and allows for eligible businesses to receive from $5,000 to $25,000, provided the businesses can document actual incurred costs. The grants are taxable, and the program excludes those businesses within the City of Dallas.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Payroll
  • Fixed overhead costs – such as rent
  • Utilities
  • Contract Labor
  • Supplier/material payments, and
  • COVID-19 related business improvements, such as Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation supplies and equipment.

Details on qualifying for the grants will be posted on the Collin CARES pages at

Governor’s Small Business Webinar: Starting a Business in Texas

August 19, 2020 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Online Webinar

About the Event:
Texas remains the best state in the U.S. to start a business. Join the Governor’s Small Business Team and a panel of subject-matter experts as they discuss the initial steps for starting and operating a business in the state. The webinar will highlight key sources of information for entrepreneurs and resources to help small business succeed. The event will provide information and timely, actionable advice on:

  • Choosing a business structure
  • Registering a business or business name
  • Registering for tax payments
  • Permitting/licensing in Texas
  • Where to get free help and advice


Dallas County Emergency Business Assistance Program


Are You a Small Business Located in Dallas County?

If your business has no more than 100 employees and less than $10 million in annual revenue, you are eligible to apply. You must be located in Dallas County. City of Dallas businesses are not eligible.

Have You Been in Business Since at Least February 1, 2019?

If you can demonstrate that you have been officially registered as a business with the State of Texas (or filed a DBA in Dallas County) since at least February 1, 2019, you are eligible to apply.

Was Your Business Negatively Impacted by COVID-19?
If your business experienced at least a 25% loss in revenue due to COVID-19, you are eligible to apply. However, you must be current in payment of federal, state and local taxes.

Did You Not Receive Enough PPP Funding?
If your business received less than $50,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, you are eligible to apply.

Submit your pre-application in less that 15 minutes
August 10 – 23, 2020

The Program Administrator is NDC50

If you have questions, Email them at

or Call (214) 845-7673

Governor’s Small Business Webinar | Business Strategies for an Evolving Future

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 1:00 -2:00 PM Central Time


Online Webinar

Register Here –

About the Webinar:
COVID-19 has impacted how we conduct business in many ways. That is why the Governor’s Small Business Team will host another webinar focused on helping small businesses develop adaptive strategies for an evolving future. This webinar will help guide business owners and entrepreneurs in implementing solutions, such as e-commerce and online strategies, to maximize business resiliency during uncertain times. The event will offer information and advice on:

  • Enhancing online presence and communications
  • How e-commerce could be added to a business model
  • Advice on financial management strategies
  • Advice on current workforce challenges

Join the Office of the Governor as they bring together a panel of experts to share their expertise and answer your questions during a live Q&A session.

Paycheck Protection Program deadline fast approaching

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6 in response to President signing the program’s extension legislation.
The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 
So you’ve got about a week left!
For more info:

Governor’s Small Business Webinar | Optimizing the PPP Loan: Part II

July 15, 2020 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Online Webinar

About the Event:
Recent legislation has reopened loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a much needed lifeline for small businesses. The Governor’s Small Business team will host a second webinar on optimizing the PPP loan and maximizing its forgiveness. This webinar will build upon PPP loan updates provided in the first part of the series (held July 1), and provide further details on the many changes made to loan terms and the calculation of the value of forgiveness on the loan. The event will also provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with guidance on available state and federal resources and information on both financial and non-financial support.

The event will feature a live Q&A session with our panel of experts:

  • Abigail Gonzales, U.S. Small Business Administration, Houston District Office
  • Jim Pillans, Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center
  • LeeVera Smith, Houston Center Small Business Development Center
  • Elsa Ramos, Texas Workforce Commission

This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Kilgore Economic Development Corp., Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp., Denton County Economic Development, Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce and Presidio Municipal Development District.


The Sachse Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Announces the SEDC Small Business Grant Program

In response to the needs of our small businesses as a result of COVID-19, the SEDC approved $125K in grants for the SEDC Small Business Grant Program.  The grants are limited to $5K per business and may only be used to reimburse the business owner for rent and utilities paid for one month (March 2020 or later).


  • Must have been open for business in Sachse prior to 3/1/2020
  • Must have 25 full time equivalent employees or less.
  • Business has a physical and publicly accessible location within the city limits of Sachse in a commercial building or business district.
  • The business has experienced or is projecting to experience a decline in employment and/or revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nonprofit and home based businesses are ineligible


A small business that meets the criteria above is encouraged to send an email to Leslyn Blake with the SEDC at requesting an application.  Qualifications will be verified by a five-person panel made up of representatives from the Sachse City Council, Sachse EDC, City Manager’s office and the Sachse Chamber of Commerce.


Applications will be accepted May 8-June 15.  The Committee will review applications received to date every two weeks and qualified applicants can expect to be notified of grant award amount on May 22nd, June 5th, or June 15th.  Grant payments will be processed and payment issued within 10 business days after notification.

State and Local Government Assistance

Governors Office COVID-19 Resource Page | Open Texas Booklet

Collin CARES Economic and Recovery Assistance Homepage

Skills Development Funding

Dallas County Launches Emergency Small Business Program:
Dallas County is accepting pre-applications for its Emergency Business Assistance Program (EBAP). The program is funded with an allocation of $5 million in federal CARES Act dollars and is designed to rapidly provide financial assistance to small businesses located in Dallas County. 

Businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that are unable to obtain financial assistance to meet all of their business needs may be eligible to obtain a forgivable loan worth up to $15,000.

Small businesses interested in applying for financial assistance through EBAP should visit the National Development Council EBAP website.

Find the application here —


To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal ( to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

Some key points:

  • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
  • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
  • In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
  • SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
  • The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program (, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

Apply here –

Information on applying for financial assistance on housing, utilities and groceries below:

Loans, Financing and Tax Resources

Paycheck Protection Program – provides forgivable loans to businesses incentivizing them to keep employees on the payroll

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – Low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits.

Federal Resources for Small Businesses – provides good summary of the CARES Act and other Federal resources available

Deadline Extension Tax Day postponed to July 15, 2020 for small and medium size businesses and individuals.

HR Resources

Texas Workforce Commission

US Chamber Guidance for Employers

Shared Work Program Need to reduce an employee’s hours? This program provides an alternative to layoffs.

FAQ for Texas Employers

CDC Coronavirus Employer Resource Guide

Below documents you can distribute to your employees to help provide them accurate information.

Displaced Employees and Job Seekers Resources

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission will be waiving work search requirements for all claimants and the waiting week for those claimants affected by COVID-19.

Texas Unemployment Insurance program pays benefits to those individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. TWC determines benefit eligibility based on past wages, why someone lost their job, and ongoing eligibility requirements.

Other Sources and Support

State and Local:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers and is responding to any workplace protection complaints.  General COVID-19 information webpage.

Qualified Sick Leave Wages per the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides information for businesses on compliance with paid sick leave due to COVID-19.

Department of Labor provides information and Q&A on FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act pertaining to COVID-19.

Private Sources:

Facebook has launched a grant program for small businesses. Click here

Intuit QuickBooks has a list of small businesses plans and useful resources.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses is offering legal resources and webinars.

Restaurant Support:

Yelp is providing $25 million in funding relief to small businesses.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation provides a resource page for restaurants and workers and developed a Crisis Relief Fund.

Useful Links


City of Sachse

Garland ISD

Collin County COVID-19 Page

Sachse Chamber of Commerce

How to Help:

North Texas Food Bank

Support Our Scrubs

Health News:

Texas Health Hospital-Allen

Children’s Health

Texas Health and Human Services

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

The Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington


Jerod Potts
Economic Development Manager

3815 Sachse Rd., Building B
Sachse, TX 75048

Ph: 469.429.4764
Fx: 972.495.0887