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  • COVID-19

  • Pasadena Chamber Members & Partners,
    We understand there is an influx of information circulating regarding the COVID- 19, but wanted to share some available resources from trusted partners for you to reference.
     
    Your Pasadena Chamber appreciates the opportunity to serve our community and provide information and resources relevant to your business sustained success. We will continue to monitor the evolving dynamics related to the Coronavirus and are in constant contact with our local, county, state and federal agencies. 
     
  • Small Business Financial Resources Small Business Financial Resources

    Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Package

    The Senate introduced its Phase 4 Legislative Package to provide financial relief to families, businesses and communities across the country enduring the economic destruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   ​

    The U.S. Chamber has prepared an initial side-by-side summary for the business community of the House and Senate Phase 4 proposals specifically as they each pertain to the five priority areas—Liability Protection Against Unwarranted Lawsuits, Support for Small and Midsize Employers, Support for Childcare and K-12 Schools, Unemployment and Job Training, and State and Local Assistance— which were identified by the U.S. Chamber in its recommendations earlier this month. The side-by-side summary also includes initial draft recommendations from the U.S. Chamber for improving the package. Click here to view the side-by-side summary.

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    Community Advantage Recovery Loans (CARL)

    The CARL is a pilot program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas.  It is intended to help these small businesses revamp their operation for the COVID-19 environment and/or to build financial resiliency against future disruptions through technical and financial assistance.

    Target Applicant: Underserved markets within approved CA lender's defind territory.

    Current List of CARL Lenders:

    LiftFund

    PeopleFund

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    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Overview

    The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

    SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

    The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

    Who Can Apply -

    This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

    For more information, on businesses that qualify visit, CLICK HERE

    A top-line overview of the program can be found HERE.

    If you're a lender, more information can be found HERE.

    If you're a borrower, more information can be found HERE.

    The application for borrowers can be found HERE.

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    Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants

    The CARES Act expanded the SBA's long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The program is applicable to small businesses and small nonprofits (less than 500 employees), sole proprietors and independent contractors. CLICK HERE to view the U.S. Chamber's new guide that helps you understand loan parameters and find out how to access $10,000 emergency grants.

    The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as the result of COVID-19. The EIDL program provides working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

    These working capital 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 CARES Act made a modification to this existing program that includes providing a grant (emergency advance) of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an EIDL that doesn’t need to be repaid. This program is offered by the SBA, not a local lender.

    To get the emergency grant,

    • Apply for the EIDL loan, at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
    • Be sure to check the box on page 2 of 2 on the Additional Information Page, to be considered for an advance (emergency grant) of $10,000
    • You can receive up to $10,000 even if you are not approved by the SBA for a loan

    You can apply for this loan by clicking here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

    You can check the status of your EIDL application by calling (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov and include your application number in the subject line.

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    Want to learn more about PPP & EIDL Loans?  Join the SBA for one of their weekly informational webinars:

    PPP Loan Forgiveness Overview & Q & A:

    Please don’t stress! The SBA will walk you Step-By-Step through the Loan Forgiveness Application.  We will also discuss important factors and tips you should consider when completing the Loan Forgiveness Application. 

    October 5  |  11:00am CST  |  JOIN HERE
    October 9  |  11:00am CST  |  JOIN HERE

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    Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Overview

    Has your business been affected by COVID-19? Learn the basics of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) how to apply, and the most frequently asked questions.

    October 6  |  11:30am CST  |  JOIN HERE

     

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    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    CLICK HERE to view the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide.
    What is it? 
    Signed into law on March 18, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) contains eight divisions designed to provide assistance to covered employees and households with eligible children affected by COVID-19. Key components of the Act include: 
     - Mandatory emergency paid sick leave for covered employees who, as a result of COVID-19, are quarantined, symptomatic or caring for a symptomatic individual, or caring for a child whose school has been closed.
     - An expansion of unemployment benefits.
     - Modifications to the USDA nutrition and food assistance programs.
     - New requirements for coronavirus diagnostic testing.
     - A temporary increase in the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).
    What does it mean for small business?
    The FFCRA affects small businesses in two key ways:
     - Paid sick and family leave. The law requires all private businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick or family leave for employees affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
     - Employer tax credits. The law provides employers with fewer than 500 employees with refundable payroll tax credits to cover the cost of providing the paid sick leave and the paid FMLA leave to their employees. Specifically, the law states that:
      - Employers will receive 100% tax credit against their payroll tax liability up to the capped amount of benefits they must pay.
    - Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
    - Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
    - If an employer is owed more than the capped amount and a refund is owed, the IRS will send the refund as quickly as possible.
    ​ - Reimbursement will be quick and easy to obtain.
    Where can I learn more?
     - The full text of the Act can be found at Congress.gov.
     - For additional information regarding the mandatory emergency paid sick leave, see this detailed guide provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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    Pasadena Business Loss Survey
    In partnership with the City of Pasadena, we are asking all businesses in Pasadena to submit the following short survey regarding business loss or interruption in order to ensure Pasadena businesses are supported with federal disaster assistance to mitigate the economic and financial impacts of COVID-19. Please take 5 minutes to answer these questions so we can better serve our business community. CLICK HERE for the survey.
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    Nonprofit Resources
    The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted a briefing on how 501c3 nonprofit organizations can benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CLICK HERE to watch the recorded video from 3/30/20.

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    Main Street Lending Program

    The Main Street Lending Program is separate from the PPP.  It's designed to assist businesses with up to 15,000 employees through govenrment-backed loans.
    CLICK HERE to download the guide

  • Small Business Educational Resources Small Business Educational Resources

    CDC Recommendations on Opening Up Your Workplace

    Greater Houston Partnership Report
    Recommendations on how to re-open Houston safely

    Coronavirus Best Practices For Small Businesses
    Best practices your small business can follow to manage this situation for your employees & customers

    How to Track & Contain COVID Cases in the Workplace; Advice For Employers
    The Greater Houston Partnership has developed a comprehensive document to guide companies and outlines the steps recommended for managing confirmed or suspected cases in the workplace. 

  • Food Resources Food Resources

    Harris County Food Distribution Sites:
     
    Pasadena Food Pantry Resources
     
  • Webinar Recordings Webinar Recordings

    COVID-19 Employer Testing Options (Presented by Houston Area Safety Council)
    (July 22, 2020)

    CLICK HERE to access the webinar recording
    CLICK HERE to access the slide deck to accompany the recording

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    State of the Precinct with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia
    (July 16, 2020)

    The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, along with five other Southeast Region Chambers hosted a virtual event, State of the Precinct, with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, where he provided valuable resources to us.  We invite you to watch this wonderful presentation, and feel free to share.

    Please CLICK HERE to view. 

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    COPING SKILLS DURING THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: HEATHER LAMBERT

    For those of you who were unable to connect with us virtually during our Wednesday Webinar Series: Coping Skills During the Challenges of COVID-19, our special guest, Heather Lambert, a licensed professional counselor, has provided us with some wonderful tools that we can all utilize during this difficult time below.

    Video Recording of Wednesday Webinar Series: Coping Skills During the Challenges of COVID-19

    COVID-19 Coping Skills (Powerpoint to accompany the video above)

    COVID-19 Trauma Informed Guidelines For Business Leaders

    COVID-19 Trauma Informed Guidelines For Teachers & School Administrators

    Does My Child Need To See A Counselor?

    Additional resources are also available at www.clearhopewellness.com under the COVID-19 Resources tab.

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    LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITY
    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER, TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON

    Please CLICK HERE to view the webinar we produced with Texas Railroad Commissioner and Founder of PinnacleART, Ryan Sitton, "Leading Through Adversity"

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    BUSINESS RESOURCES & STRATEGIES FOR RETURN TO WORK
    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER, RON EIDSHAUG, US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE​

    Please CLICK HERE to view this webinar. 

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    STATE OF PASADENA HEALTHCARE
    SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS:

    • Jeanna Bamburg, CEO, HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast
    • Steven Foster, President & CEO, CHI St Lukes Patients Medical Center
    • Tommy Hysler, CMO, Houston Area Safety Council
    • Dr. Victor Simms, Chief of Internal Medicine, Kelsey-Seybold
    • John Sweitzer, CEO, Pasadena Health Center

    CLICK HERE to view the webinar

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    State of Disruption: How Industry is Tackling Adversity
    Presenting Sponsor: Port Houston

    Special Guest Speaker: Hector Rivero, President & CEO, TCC and ACIT

    CLICK HERE to watch the webinar
    CLICK HERE to view Hectors presentation

  • Health & Safety Health & Safety

    About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
    Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus from the official CDC website

    Harris County Public Health
    Dashboard from Harris County with up-to-date case counts.  Viewable by County and individual cities within Harris County.

    Sign up for City of Pasadena Alert System (Swift 911)
    Register to receive notifications from the city of Pasadena in the event of an emergency or sharing important information.

    Mental Health Providers
    If you need help coping with depression, stress, anxiety and/or worry during the COVID-19 crisis, CLICK HERE to reach out to one of these mental health providers.

  • Testing Sites & Information Testing Sites & Information

    Walgreens at 101 Southmore @ Shaver.
    Testing will run 7 days a week from 9am - 4pm.  Testing consists of a free self-administered nasal swab.  Results will be ready in 1-2 days.  Applicants must be pre-screened online prior to coming in for testing.

    CLICK HERE for the pre-screening

    Pasadena Health Center (FREE TESTING SITE)
    908 Southmore
    By appointment only, Monday through Friday, call 713-554-1091 for appointment.
    Before scheduling an appointment, please take the online tests offered by the CDC OR Harris County.

    MedExpress Pasadena
    4750 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504
    Testing 7 days per week, 8am - 7pm
    For more information, call 281-998-0912

    San Jacinto College Central
    8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505
    Complete online screening at https://covidcheck.hctx.net to schedule your test
    Call 832-927-7575 if you don't have access to the online tool

    Neighbors Emergency Center Pasadena
    7215 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77505
    Rapid COVID-19 Testing
    Must schedule appointment by
    CLICKING HERE

    HARRIS COUNTY TESTING SITES:
    CLICK HERE for information on various testing sites within Harris County

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    COVID-19 Employer Testing Options (Presented by Houston Area Safety Council)
    (July 22, 2020)

    CLICK HERE to access the webinar recording
    CLICK HERE to access the slide deck to accompany the recording

  • How Can You Help? How Can You Help?

    Your Pasadena Chamber has been proactively engaging with retailers, senior living facilities and non-profit organizations in order to understand what needs currently exist within our community and building a platform that will allow us to more readily connect community needs with available resources while also observing CDC guidelines for safety and social distancing. 

    We know that Pasadena shows up in times of need and we are committed to connecting our community together during this difficult time. This page is for those organizations who need supplies, volunteers or financial assistance, as well as those who are willing to donate supplies, financial assistance or act as a volunteer.  

    Please CLICK HERE to visit this page and either make a request for need your organization currently has, or sign up to help.

  • Operation: Stock the Shelves Operation: Stock the Shelves

    CLICK HERE to view details on how you can still aid in our effort to re-stock the food pantries located right here in Pasadena so they can keep their doors open.

  • Educational Institutions Educational Institutions

    For the most up-to-date information from our partner educational institutions:

    Pasadena Independent School District

    San Jacinto College District

    University of Houston - Clear Lake

  • Upcoming Events