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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. 
     
  • Harris County Issues Stay Home, Work Safe Order Harris County Issues Stay Home, Work Safe Order

    See the official order HERE

    Judge Hidalgo released a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order Tuesday morning that is asking Harris County and all cities within, to stay at home and work safe, effective tonight at midnight through April 3rd in line with Governor Abbott’s executive order timeline. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response. Judge Hidalgo shared that Harris County’s advisory of essential workers will be those included in the 16 sectors listed in the document provided by CISA which you can find by CLICKING HERE

    The request is that those businesses who are included in the list of essential workers maintain social distancing with 6ft from one another and take extra precautions for the health and safety of all. Your Pasadena Chamber applauds the leadership of Harris County in adapting this list of essential workers in an effort to ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

    The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.

    Additionally, the Harris County issued order does not prohibit engaging in outdoor activities or parks but does ask residents to not use any playgrounds, basketball courts, benches or equipment and to maintain social distancing in effort to stop the spread.

  • COVID-19 Stimulus Package COVID-19 Stimulus Package

    CLICK HERE to view the latest version of the COVID-19 Stimulus package summary of the CARES Act provided from the US Chamber.  (03/25/20)

  • Legislative Updates Legislative Updates

    We know that decisive action is critical to mitigating the short and long term impact of the pandemic.  However, many well-intentioned state and local governments are contemplating or issuing stay at home orders or orders allowing only movement of workers involved in essential businesses.  We understand the importance of social distancing and limiting interactions as much as possible as the nation seeks to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus.   

    At the same time, we must find the right balance so that essential critical infrastructure workers—as identified in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) recent Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response—can continue to support public health and safety, as well as the economic and national security of the United States.

    CLICK HERE to view a copy of the DHS documentation and CLICK HERE to view the letter sent to the Governor’s Association. 

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    MANDATORY SICK LEAVE AND FMLA

    Congress is seeking ways to address the issue. CLICK HERE for a summary of HR 6201 designed to address sick leave and FMLA.  We want to share it with you and your business community in preparation for coming changes.  

    It is important to note this is NOT final.  The Senate has not passed the House bill and it is unclear how the Senate version and house version will interact.  However, it is good information. 

    A few key provisions if passed:

    - Employers will be required to pay sick leave, however, they will receive 100% refundable tax credit on wages they pay.

    - Sec. of Labor has authority to exempt businesses fewer than 50 employees if the requirements jeopardize the business.

    - The provision would apply to all employers 500 employees and under. 

    CLICK HERE for full details.

    BUSINESS LOANS & ASSISTANCE

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and qualified nonprofits in affected areas.  

    Those suffering significant harm could be eligible for up to $2 million.  For details review the following resources:

    TX Division of Emergency Management Letter

    COVID-19 SBA Economic Injury Declaration Overview

    **COVID-19 SBA EIDL WORKSHEET

    District Coordination and Contact Information 

    SBA 3-Step Approval Process One-Page Chart

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    We know many of you have received guidelines for safeguarding yourself, organization and community from spread.  For additional resources visit the evolving TAB RESOURCE PAGE

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    IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline

    Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, announced the decision has been made to extend the 2019 tax filing deadline to July 15th, 2020 from April 15th, 2020.

    With this change, all personal and business taxpayers have an extended date of July 15, 2020,
    to file 2019 Tax Returns and make 2019 Tax Payments without accruing Interest or Penalties.

    Please note, as of 3:10pm March 20, 2020, there has been no announcement issued by the Internal Revenue Service. We expect further guidance on this decision with the IRS announcement.
    We will continue to monitor this situation closely and send information as it is received.

    CLICK HERE to learn more

  • Small Business Resources Small Business Resources

    What is an Essential Worker?
    CLICK HERE
    to understand the definition of an essential worker during the Harris County Stay Home, Work Safe Order, issued by Judge Lina Hidalgo on March 24, 2020.

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    PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SHORT 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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    SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
    **For the best experience in completing the application, please use the latest version of Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer web browsers 

    Texas small business can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

    What's an EIDL?

    • The SBA EIDL program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.
    • EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. 
    • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • EIDLs have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on borrower's ability to repay.

    How do I apply?

    • Click HERE to apply and learn more about small business guidance
    • Need help? Call the SBA's Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call 800-877-8339

    Daily Webinars | March 30 - April 3

    Join the SBA Houston District Office as we provide the latest information from SBA to help small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus. We will give information on how to apply and where you can get additional help with preparing and applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.  Sessions will allow for chat Q&A.  

    The information presented on all calls will be the same.

    Please join at the date and time best for you.

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Food Resources Food Resources

    Harris County Food Distribution Sites:
    Restaurants Currently Open and Ready to Serve You:
    Pasadena ISD Locations Offering FREE Breakfast and Lunch to Students:
     
    Major Food Distributors
     
    Pasadena Food Pantry Resources