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Click HERE for a Guide on SBA Options.

Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller:

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.

Open Texas Checklists

New, In Effect May 31, 2020

New, In Effect May 22, 2020

New, Now in Effect as of May 18, 2020

Effective May 18, 2020

Effective May 8, 2020

Effective May 5, 2020

From the Texas Education Agency


Employer & Workforce COVID-19 Resources


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

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act PDF

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Informtion & Application PDF

SBA Disaster Loan Online Application



  • Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers (Link)
  • US Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources – Information for employers/workers (Link)
  • US Chamber of Commerce Combating Coronavirus – Workplace tips, Customizable workplace flyer & guidance for employer response (Link)
  • US Chamber of Commerce 5 Ways to Retain Your Customers During Coronavirus – Tips to retain customers for your business (Link)
  • US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guide (Link)
  • Google Small Business Tips for Surviving COVID-19* (Link)
  • US Senate Committee on Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (Link)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency – Approved disinfectants for COVID-19 (Link)
  • Texas Department of State Health Services Resources & Updates (Link)
  • Texas Workforce Commission Shared Work Program – Provides partial funding for hourly employees whose hours have been cut due to a slowdown in business (Link)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business FAQs on COVID-19* (Link)
  • Internal Revenue Service Tax Filing FAQs* (moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020) (Link)
  • US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act Family & Paid Sick Leave FAQs (Link)


  • Retail Strategies-Navigating Covid-19 for Small Business (Link)
  • National Restaurant Association - Coronavirus Information & Resources (Link)
  • National Retail Federation: Coronavirus Resources (Link)


  • Texas Workforce Commission – Disaster Unemployment Assistance (Link)
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance & Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Up to $2 million in working capital at very low interest rates to cover operations until normal business resumes

(SBA Link)

(State of Texas Program Guidance Link)

(Texas Division of Emergency Management Link)

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program - $100 million in available funding and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses (Link)
  • AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant - Grant for existing woman-owned businesses (Link)
  • Texas Restaurant Relief Fund (Link)
  • Small Business Administration Express Bridge Loans* – Provides up to $25,000 in advanced supplemental funds for businesses applying for SBA Economy Injury Disaster Loans (Link)
  • Small Business Paycheck Protection & Loan Forgiveness* – Provides up to $10 million in assistance to small businesses and 501(c)3 nonprofits that is partially forgivable.  This includes sole-proprietors, independent contractors and other self-employed individuals.  Financing is available for employee wages up to $100,000 and can cover additional expenses, such as rent, utilities, etc. expended between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.  Can be combined with an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan as long as they go toward separate expenses.

(SBA Link)

(Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act)

(US Chamber of Commerce SBA Loan Program Info)

  • Texas Restaurant Association Restaurant Relief Fund* - Provides a grant up to $5,000 to support the needs of independent restaurants (Link)
  • Southern Smoke Restaurant Employee Emergency Relief Program* - Provides charitable funds to assist those employed and/or who own restaurants/bars or are restaurant suppliers (Link)


  •  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) (Link)
  • Office of Governor Abbott Executive Order on Restaurants, Bars, Gyms & Senior Living Facilities (Link)
  • Office of Governor Abbott Regulation Waiver for Hospitality Industry to Deliver Alcoholic Beverages (Link)
  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles – Temporary trucking deregulation

(Texas DMV Link)

(Texas Governor’s Office Link)

  • Office of Gov. Abbott Removes Licensing Barriers for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Link)
  • Office of Gov. Abbott Waives Licensing Regulations for Pharmacists & Technicians (Link)


  • Texas Department of Agriculture Comprehensive Resource Guide (Link)
  • United States Federal Government Coronavirus Website (Link)