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    Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program

    Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR) was established by Senate Bill 8 during the 87th Legislature, Third Special Session, to administer $180 million of funds received from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, which was established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The purpose of TTIR is to provide grants for the recovery of Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry that were negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

    TTIR will support the Texas tourism, travel, and hospitality industry by making grant funds available to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 in order to improve safety, customer service, and hospitality within their operations and further encourage travel and tourism industry recovery.

    TTIR will issue a one-time payment capped at $20,000 to eligible Texas businesses that experienced an economic loss due to COVID-19.

    A grant will be available to eligible businesses in the following industries: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, Accommodation and Meetings, and Food Services and Drinking Places (NAICS codes 71 , 722 , 7211 , 7212 , 5615 , 561920 , 312120 , 312130 , 312140 ).


    The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

    The $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge will provide a transformational investment to 20-30 regions across the country that want to revitalize their economies. These regions will have the opportunity to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.

    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

    Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

    LiftFund Small Business Disaster Relief Programs

    LiftFund is ready to assist you during this time. We have special public and private partnerships to assist small business across our footprint. Please note that there is limited funding for the special programs, but we are offering a LiftFund COVID-19 loan to assist small businesses during this time.

    TAWB is committed to keeping you informed. Please check back regularly for updates regarding the COVID-19 impact in Texas

    Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

    The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.

    Texas Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

    Learn about the State of Texas’ response to COVID-19, where to find testing, and how you can help. Make sure to seek information from your local city and county government officials too. Be well, Texas!

    TWC Funds to Provide Statewide Skills Enhancement for Unemployment Benefit Recipients

    AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has allocated funds to offer rapid skills enhancement opportunities to eligible workers in Texas. This new program includes all individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits during COVID-19 and will provide access to virtual skills enhancement opportunities.
    Texas has a historic number of UI beneficiaries as a result of COVID-19, which has resulted in an increased need for a range of services to support Texas businesses and workers, including the need to enhance the skills of unemployed Texans so they can prepare to reconnect to the workforce in valuable opportunities made available by Texas employers.

    Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses

    Welcome to the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You can view relevant federal agency resources, access the latest news, and search for a Small Business Advisor near you.

    Programa de Préstamos/Becas de Asistencia para Recuperación de las Pequeñas Empresas de Weslaco.

    City of Weslaco WORK SAFE PLAN LINK

    *Forms must be typed and scanned to email address. Hand-written forms and pictures will NOT be accepted. All 4 pages must be complete and must include the plan in the Standard Health Protocols
    Work Safe Plan Steps:
    -Click link in Description
    - Fill Out Whole Form with included occupancy load (Sample is available)
    - Email to
    - Any question please contact the Emergency Operations call center at (956) 973-4001

    UTRGV Small Business Development Center

    The UTRGV SBDC can help new and existing small business owners develop their management skills by providing technical assistance through no-cost, confidential advisement in various business areas, such as business planning, financing, management, marketing, compliance, exporting, and human resources.

    Opening the State of Texas

    The Governor released his Governor’s Report to Open Texas on April 27, 2020.


    The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series: South Texas

    This event is hosted by the Governor's Economic Development Office and in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, the City of Eagle Pass, the Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce, the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, and Laredo College.

    United States Congressman Henry Cullar- COVID 19

    As our nation addresses this global pandemic, I will work hard to make sure you have the latest information about the coronavirus and what Congress is doing to address it. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. COVID-19 was first detected in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States.

    U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela -COVID 19

    As we learn of more cases of coronavirus in patients both in the United States and abroad, I want to make sure to provide you with useful information to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

    John Cornyn United States for Senator for Texas-COVID 19

    The safety and health of Texans is my absolute top-priority, and I’ve been working to ensure state and local officials from Texas cities affected by the Coronavirus have a seat at the table as we work together to keep Texans safe.

    TX Restaurant Relief Fund (TRRF)

    The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has brought upon the restaurant industry a challenge of catastrophic magnitude. The Texas Restaurant Association has been fighting daily to support the evolving needs of the more than 50,000 restaurants throughout the State of Texas and the 1.4 million workers they employ.

    To respond to this immediate financial need we have established the TX RESTAURANT RELIEF FUND through the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the education and development of Texas’ restaurant industry workforce.

    The mission of the TX Restaurant Relief Fund (TRRF) is:


    Texas International Produce Association COVID 19 Updates

    TIPA has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and has compiled information to help your business be prepared and take action.

    Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA) COVID 19 Resource Page

    This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—now officially named COVID-19.

    Staying Healthy at Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY L ANS Small Business Guide and Checklist

    SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Update

    Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if a previous application was declined or still pending. For more information, visit the SBA’s website and apply for the loan advance here.

    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

    The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. The programs and initiatives in the Act are intended to assist business owners and nonprofits with current needs due to the COVID-19 crisis

    Paycheck Protection Program

    The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

    Texas Workforce Commission Mass Claims for Unemployment Benefits

    The Mass Claims program streamlines the unemployment benefit claims process for employers faced with either temporary or permanent layoffs. Employers can submit basic worker information on behalf of their employees to initiate claims for unemployment benefits.

    Texas Workforce Commission Child Care & Early Learning COVID-19 Information

    Many families and child care programs that participate in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) subsidized child care program have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, many essential workers require child care to continue working during the emergency.
    TWC has approved multiple policy actions to support families and programs at this time and continues to move quickly to respond to child care needs across the state.

    Texas Workforce Commission COVID-19 Resources Job Seekers

    COVID-19 Resources Employers

    At the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the health and well-being of our employers, employees and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers as the situation evolves.

    RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners program.

    United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel's Update for March 23, 2020

    We continue to urge FDA to communicate out their guidance that food or food packaging does NOT transmit the coronavirus. There is misleading information about this in the media and even in some government statements. Please make sure to share the most recent FDA Food-Safety/COVID-19 Guidance on this issue when you see false information. Consumers should NOT be advised to wash fruits and vegetables with soap.