Dallas Innovates is following the COVID-19 pandemic developments in the region to help organizations navigate the crisis. Here’s a weekly roundup of resources.
In addition, organizations such as the Dallas Regional Chamber, UNT Health Science Center, the UTD Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the City of Fort Worth, and the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce are distributing vital information. For links to these organizations and others, go here.
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- The City of Dallas, Dallas Housing Authority (DHA), the United Way, and other nonprofits have teamed up to help people in need from the impact of COVID-19. The new partnership will open applications for the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Emergency (CRF) Short Term Rental Assistance Program in the coming weeks.
- In May, Hoblitzelle Foundation pivoted its funding priority to exclusively COVID relief. For the upcoming cycle, the foundation will provide COVID relief as well as capital projects of nonprofits in Texas. “We’ve seen an increase in requests for assistance with renovations and technology platforms to allow agencies to deliver services virtually,” according to a spokesperson. Proposals submitted from June 15-August 15 will be considered by the end of September.
Explore jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week you’ll find:
- Axxess, a fast-growing home health care technology company, is hiring a sales associate, an operations coordinator, and a PHP engineer… explore jobs.
- 7-Eleven is looking for store employees and sales associates throughout the Dallas Region… explore jobs.
- Methodist Health System is looking for registered nurses, medical technologists, professional services, and more… explore jobs.
- PepsiCo is hiring sales representatives, supply chain technicians, IT specialists, and more… explore jobs.
- The Office of Economic Development in Dallas has partnered with fintech company SizeUp on a tool that lets small- and medium-sized businesses rank their performance compared to industry competitors and more. SizeUp Dallas, which is intended to help businesses make smarter business decisions as they recover from the impact of COVID-19, is free to use.
- The Arts Community Alliance, best known as TACA, has a new, broader grant-making initiative to help Dallas arts groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. The TACA Resiliency Initiative, launched in July, will allow TACA to make more grants and also loosen restrictions for applicants. It was designed as a longer-term solution following TACA’s Emergency Arts Relief Fund earlier this year and features two new programs, resiliency and pop-up grants that disburse funds over the next year.
- The National Association for the Self-Employed offers a Growth Grant. The awards of up to $4,000 are designed to address specific business needs. Each quarter, NASE awards three growth grants to active members. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout 2020.
- Dallas-based Vista Bank wants businesses to know there’s an alternative to the PPP: Main Street Lending Program loans range from $250,000 to $300 million and are meant to help businesses that were profitable pre-COVID survive. John Steinmetz, CEO of the Dallas-based community bank, explains the lending program that’s essentially meant to be “a bridge to get us to post-COVID.”
Explore jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week you’ll find:
- Kroger is hiring cashiers and stockers throughout the Dallas Region… explore jobs.
- Children’s Health is hiring positions in administrative and clerical support, nursing, patient care support, professional and management, and facilities and operations… explore jobs.
- Walmart is looking for area managers, freight loaders, and maintenance technicians for Dallas Region warehouse distribution centers… explore jobs.
- Alkami, one of the fastest-growing software companies in Texas, is hiring for multiple positions… explore jobs.
- Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have launched a Healthy Relationships Community Grants initiative. Together, they’ll award $3 million in funding through 2021 to U.S.-based nonprofits and global non-governmental organizations. MLB and MLBPA say the focus is on supporting programs around mental health resiliency in vulnerable populations, improving relationship skills in the next generation, and critical services to survivors of domestic violence. Deadline for Q3 applications is Sept. 1.
- Find out how $6.2 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were split among Dallas-area businesses in a searchable guide from The Dallas Morning News.
- The SoGal Foundation is awarding $10K and $5K grants to Black women and Black non-binary entrepreneurs on a rolling basis.
- Red Bull’s new microgrant initiative offers two $1,000 grants a month to artists in Dallas and 19 other cities, per Art and Seek.
- Need web or mobile app design? Dallas-based digital product agency CrateBind is offering free services to three startups impacted by the pandemic. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3.
- The Town of Addison has a $500,000 fund through the CARES Act to provide grant assistance to Addison-based small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. According to a post, each grant award is valued at 75 percent of a business’ gross lease or mortgage for two months for a maximum grant award of up to $10,000 per company. The application deadline is Friday, July 31. For more information on eligibility and the application, go here.
At the request of Mayor Eric Johnson, the Dallas Economic Recovery Task Force in June announced a new initiative to advance short-term COVID-19 economic recovery and drive long-term inclusive growth in Dallas. The program, called Dallas Forward, mainly focuses on assisting Dallas’ small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) through an online portal to provide SMBs with resources for relief. In addition, there’s a task force intended to immediately focus on supporting SMBs.
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. The online portal, kicked off by entrepreneur/football star Emmitt Smith earlier this year, is hosted by the Dallas Regional Chamber to help locals find available jobs. This week, you’ll find job listings from:
- Tom Thumb and Albertsons (merchandising, food service and bakery, pharmacy, stocking, transportation)
- BGSF (marketing specialists and development managers)
- Ulta’s distribution center (material handlers, maintenance mechanic, and sales and operations managers), Baylor Scott & White Health (medical specialists, registered nurses and medical assistants, billing specialists, researchers, supply chain, professional services), and more.
- The DRC itself has open positions, including SVP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Leadership Programs Director.
- The LiftFund Women’s Business Center DFW has launched a new Business Resiliency Program to help local businesses—mainly those that are minority- and woman-owned—survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The center offers free business assessments and recommendations, emotional wellness coaching, and industry-specific trainings.
- Comerica and The DEC at Redbird Partner have teamed up on a virtual series for small businesses. The Business $ense Bootcamps will offer technical assistance and free financial workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The series is part of Comerica and its foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts, which total $8 million.
- The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is rolling out an emergency economic relief microgrant program. The chamber will award microgrants for $1,000 to $2,500 to local minority-owned businesses in need of emergency economic assistance. The application period runs through July 24.
- More than two dozen funding options are available for small businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth. But key deadlines are approaching.
- A grant program collaboration between Frisco, Allen, and McKinney is intended to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the Tri-City Collin County Small Business Grant Program is provided by Collin County as part of the CARES Act, and McKinney’s $5 million grant program opened this week, according to Community Impact.
- Allen also launched its $3 million small business grant program on Monday, per the DMN.
- $30M in coronavirus relief funds have been made available to Tarrant County small businesses, per MSN Money.
- The Dallas Economic Recovery Task Force this week announced a new initiative to advance short-term COVID-19 economic recovery and drive long-term inclusive growth in Dallas. A new online portal hosts resources on supplies, funds, reopening, and more, including what was donated by some of Dallas’ leading companies.
- PPP loans now only require 60 percent of funds to be used for payroll, reports CFO Dive, along with more changes to the program earlier this month. (June 30 is the last day to get the loan approval.)
- A $5M small business assistance program has opened in Dallas County. You can submit a pre-application until June 28 for the emergency program, per CBS DFW.
- Cedar Hill has approved a $500,000 fund for small businesses struggling during the pandemic in Cedar Hill. Minority and women-owned businesses will be given top priority, the station also reports.
- It’s last call, small business, for PPP loans, the DMN says. June 30 is the last day to get a loan approval.
- The Federal Reserve has launched a corporate bond-buying program to ensure companies can borrow through the bond market during the COVID-19 crisis, according to AP.
- SoftBank Group announced a new $100 million venture fund “for outstanding Black, Latinx, and Native American founders” last week. Work is still underway, and the group says it’s seeing “significant interest.” To learn more about the Opportunity Fund, go here.
- PayPal, Apple, and YouTube have pledged millions to racial justice programs, per Silicon Angle. Collectively, that’s a pledge of $730 million, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
- It’s last call, small business, for PPP loans, the DMN says. The loans “are better now and plenty of cash remains,” reports Mitchell Schnurman. It’s also “easier to get loan forgiveness and reach a lender.” But take note: June 30 is the last day to get a loan approval. More than $100 billion is still available, per CBS DFW.
- Confused by the (11-page) Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application? It’s about to get easier, writes Patty Tascarella on bizjournals.com. A new form is on the way, thanks to the passage of the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 last week.
- The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce wants to help businesses with a counseling program called B3. The “Business Bounce Back” program will help provide consultation, resources, and a “built in support network to rally behind the business’ success.”
- McKinney announced the second round of grants to small and home-based businesses in the city. The Strong Grant program, backed by up to $1 million in funds, will accept applications through June 18.
- The Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund opens applications on June 7 and will accept applications through June 19 (extended today). To read more about the fund go here.
- How prepared are you to apply for a loan? To find out, you can take the LiftFund Quiz.
- Downtown Dallas Inc. announced its Storefront Restoration Program to help street-level downtown businesses impacted by damage during the demonstrations with losses not covered by insurance or other means. Grants will be capped at $5,000, it said.
- DCCCD Foundation’s Emergency Aid Fund reopened on June 4. It’s partnered with Edquity, an educational tech company, to review applications. All enrolled DCCCD students are eligible to apply.
- A new Texas COVID-19 tracker offers a ton of useful information, says Texas Monthly. The Texas 2036 project gives “a clear picture of the state of the pandemic in Texas,” using information from the state, the media, and Google.
- The Preserve the Fort initiative offers $10 million in grants to Fort Worth small businesses. $2.5 million will be dedicated to supporting minority-owned businesses, with another $2.5 million is reserved for businesses located in the city’s Neighborhood Empowerment Zones and Designated Investment Zones. Deadline is June 8.
- The Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund will provide $5 million for entrepreneurs, with loans to more than 250 applicants who can receive up to $25,000.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application.
- BCBS has a special health insurance enrollment period for those affected by the pandemic. The newly unemployed and workers with reduced hours may be eligible to sign up for health insurance during a special enrollment period, per CBS Austin.
- The Texas Tribune is tracking how many people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Texas each day using data from local health officials.
- Nonprofit Texas 2036, founded by Tom Luce, has a new COVID-19 dashboard to show Texans how the pandemic is affecting us each day with updated data. The tool comes with a “reopening analysis.”
- Say Yes to Dallas and the Dallas Regional Chamber are connecting workers displaced by the COVID-19 outbreak with jobs.
• Dallas County will launch housing and business assistance with $10M in federal money, reports the DMN.
• Mayor Betsy Price and city leaders launch ‘Fort Worth Now’ economic recovery task force, per CBS DFW.
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