Community Toolbox: Resources for Small Business, Nonprofits, and Entrepreneurs in North Texas

Here's a roundup of updates on funding, grants, and assistance for navigating the COVID-19 crisis in Dallas-Fort Worth.

covid-19 resources in dallas fort worth for small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits

Here’s Dallas Innovates’ weekly roundup of resources of COVID-19 assistance and other grants, funding, and opportunities for Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and organizations.

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 COVID-19 relief. For links to these organizations and others, go here.

Help us stay up to date by submitting information on new grants, funding, and other business resources.


OCT. 23

⟫  The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched a $25 million SPRINT Challenge to solve pandemic problems—both present and future—and secure American competitiveness through innovation and entrepreneurship. The challenge—Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology, or SPRINT—will award individual grants of up to $500,000 over a 12-month period of performance or up to $750,000 over an 18-month period of performance. Focus areas include innovative biotechnology; health security; supply chain technologies; connectivity across innovation clusters to support commercialization and entrepreneurship; investment capital models to address the financial needs of entrepreneurs; virtual and remote work environments; and more. The deadline to apply is Dec. 3.

⟫  Encore Bank, a private boutique bank with a commercial focus, recently launched two new lines of business, Small Business by Encore and Speciality Finance by Encore. The move adds SBA lending and equipment finance to its offerings.  Julie Fuller Jones lead the small business product line and grows a new set of clients in the SBA lending space. Encore Bank President Phillip Jett announced the expansion of Encore Bank into Dallas-Fort Worth last month.

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring:  

  • Raytheon Technologies is hiring for more than 3,000 open roles … explore jobs.
  • Dollar General is hiring in retail, distribution, fleet, and more… explore jobs.
  • Hilti North America is hiring project managers, development leads and engineers, and more… explore jobs
  • CVS Health announced plans to hire 15,000 workers to prepare for expected increases in coronavirus and flu cases… explore jobs.
  • Dallas Innovates is seeking an advertising executive to join the sales team … apply here

OCT. 16

⟫  B.U.I.L.D., or “Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Dallas,” was launched alongside the Dallas Forward initiative earlier this year. The program aims to help entrepreneurs, freelancers, and creatives to find the resources that can help support and grow their ventures.

⟫  The largest annual open-innovation matching event of its kind in Asia will be held online in March 2021, giving Dallas innovators a chance to take part with no travel required. The 8th Innovation Leaders Summit (ILS) is open to U.S. companies and features “Power Matching,” a one-on-one meeting program that’s generated some 2,000 business meetings and 1,000 alliance deals.  A contest—the Tokyo Challenge 100—will also match collaborators on business themes submitted by major corporations. The focus is on startups, but all companies are urged to apply. Fields include semiconductors, energy, digital health, robotics, biotech, AI, VR, finance, IoT, and more. The first deadline is Nov. 4, 2020. While ILS is an invitation-only event, JETRO can help: Contact the Houston arm of the Japan External Trade Organization for criteria and assistance.

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring:  

  • Fidelity Investments is hiring 550 financial advisors, representatives, and customer service workers… explore jobs.
  • Paycom is hiring team leads, sales representatives, technicians, and more… explore jobs.
  • BrightSpring Health is hiring support professionals, physical therapists, talent development specialists, and more… explore jobs
  • Kroger is hiring pharmacy technicians and clerks in the Dallas Region… explore jobs.

OCT. 9

⟫  The Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury have announced a simplified loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $50,000. Go here to view instructions for the new application and here for the Interim Final Rule on the process.

⟫  The National Association for the Self-Employed has created a new COVID-19 resource page for small businesses that lists supportive resources and information.

⟫  The Texas Woman’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has a StartHER grant program that helps women business owners. Up to 10 business owners will be picked to receive a $5,000 grant. Applications are due Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. central time.

⟫  The deadline looms for local Texas governments to request Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocations, according to Dallas-based Carrington Coleman. The state has made clear there will be no extensions to the Oct. 16 deadline: “If there is any question about the need for the funds, we recommend going forward with the request,” attorney Bruce Hendrick said in a news release. “If a decision is subsequently made not to use the funds, they simply must be returned to the state by Dec. 15. No harm, no foul.”

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring:  

  • Baylor Scott & White is hiring registered nurses, medical assistants, support analysts, and more… explore jobs.
  • Martin Marietta is hiring load operators, a financial analysis lead, plant operators, and more… explore jobs.
  • Tom Thumb and Albertsons are hiring in retail, corporate, pharmacy, supply chain, and more… explore jobs
  • TruePoint Communications is hiring an account supervisor, account executives, and a social media manager… explore jobs.

OCT. 2

⟫  Builders of Hope will bring small business resources to West Dallas through a partnership with the Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development. The resources are geared to the creation of affordable housing, small business development and lending, and job training. For more information, head here.

⟫  CERF+, the”artist’s safety net,” is a national nonprofit that provides help to U.S. craft artists with training, emergency relief funds, and more. Artists with career-threatening emergencies can apply for financial assistance through a Craft Emergency Relief Fund on a rolling basis.

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. Here’s a sampling of who’s hiring:  

  • UnitedHealth Group is hiring nurse practitioners, coordinators, engineers, and more… explore jobs.
  • Wayfair is hiring warehouse workers, transportation planners, and equipment operators… explore jobs.
  • Whole Foods is looking for cashiers, shoppers, and grocery team members throughout the Dallas Region… explore jobs
  • The Crowther Group is hiring project managers, estimators, and assistants… explore jobs.
 

SEPT. 25

⟫   SBA loans, which are evolving fast in the pandemic, are available to any small business. Inc. Magazine breaks down the loan types, the process, and what you need to qualify in a guide.

⟫   Start Small Think Big Start provides free legal services to entrepreneurs through its in-house experts and pro bono partners. Apply here.

⟫   Wells Fargo has a supplier diversity program. The company says its certified diverse suppliers have a broad range of opportunities to participate in supplier contracts. Here’s how to participate.

⟫   JETRO assists companies in investing and doing business in Japan. If you want to explore open a branch office, establish an R&D facility, or form a joint venture, the trade organization offers resources, including direct access to the Invest Japan Business Support Centers for market information; legal and other consultation; and tech partner matching. It can also help with temporary office space in Tokyo and five other Japanese cities. In the U.S. South Central Region, contact Keith Sanders for more information.

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⟫   Japanese IT giant Fujitsu offers an accelerator program. Now virtual in the pandemic, it’s a unique opportunity for North Texas entrepreneurs. 

TALENT POOL


Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week, you’ll find:  

  • Match Group is hiring engineers, litigation counsel, and marketing personnel… explore jobs.
  • VA North Texas Health Care System has open positions including physicians, nurses, and other medical support… explore jobs.
  • UPS is hiring ramp container controllers, delivery drivers, and seasonal package drivers… explore jobs
  • Winco is hiring grocery clerks and stockers throughout the region… explore jobs.

SEPT. 18

HISPANIC-OWNED BUSINESS RESOURCES
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15), and our partners at The DEC Network have a collection of resources for businesses, including:

  • Google is offering resources and ways to connect for small business owners during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15), per our partners at The DEC Network. From free virtual workshops to digital coaching to online “primers” and video tutorials, the program is designed to help businesses adapt and grow.
  • EY is seeking Black and Latinx Companies for its Entrepreneurs Access Network, an expansion of the firm’s current programs (such as Entrepreneur of the Year) that help entrepreneurs succeed. EY developed the program “to help Black and Latinx companies bridge the disparity gap and achieve new heights.” Apply here.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy’s PowerUp Fund wants to set businesses up for success in the digital era. Its PowerUp Program will award more than 500 eligible Latinx small businesses across Texas, California, and New York with a $5,000 grant, along with coaching support and other resources. 

 

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS
Confused about how to get your PPP loan forgiven? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a guide.

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week, you’ll find:  

  • Amazon is hiring more than 6,500 workers in Dallas ahead of the holiday season… explore jobs
  • Parkland is hiring registered nurses, medical technicians, researchers, social workers, professional services, and more… explore jobs
  • Shipt is looking for shoppers and offering up to $22 per hour… explore jobs
  • Donato Technologies is hiring analysts, engineers, .Net and Java developers, and more… explore jobs.

SEPT. 11

Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund Distributes $1.1M in Forgivable Loans and Second Round of Funding to Close

Photo: Michael Samples

The Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund has awarded $1.1 million dollars in forgivable loans ranging from $7,500 to $25,000 to the Dallas small business community. Funding has been approved for 54 companies: 75 percent of fund recipients are minority-owned businesses and 60 percent of the recipients are businesses owned by women, an organization spokesperson told Dallas Innovates via email.

The fund opened a second round of funding, which has now closed for new applications. For businesses that pre-qualified, the application deadline is Monday, Sept. 14. To qualify, a Dallas-based business must have fewer than 15 employees and a 2019 annual revenue of less than $1.5 million. The business also must be able to demonstrate a 15 percent or more loss of business due to COVID-19. Go here for more information.

Black Founders Development Program and Fund

Accenture Ventures has established a new Black Founders Development Program, which will support black technology startup founders and entrepreneurs. The program aims to provide direct access to venture capital, corporate mentorship, and strategic connections. Accenture is also creating a Black Founders Development Fund to directly invest in black-founded and -run startups. The fund, with an initial focus on North America, plans to expand globally. Both programs are part of Accenture’s broader effort to fight racism, the company told Dallas Innovates in an email. 

Black Founders Development Program and Fund

Accenture Ventures has established a new Black Founders Development Program, which will support black technology startup founders and entrepreneurs. The program aims to provide direct access to venture capital, corporate mentorship, and strategic connections. Accenture is also creating a Black Founders Development Fund to directly invest in black-founded and -run startups. The fund, with an initial focus on North America, plans to expand globally. Both programs are part of Accenture’s broader effort to fight racism, the company told Dallas Innovates in an email. 

“Black entrepreneurs continue to innovate, but face bias and lack access to capital and opportunity in the venture capital community, receiving a disproportionately small amount of funding,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer at Accenture. “Big change is clearly needed, and Accenture Ventures will help lead that change.”

Launched in 2015, Accenture Ventures matches the capabilities of emerging technology startups with the business needs and priorities of Accenture’s clients and makes targeted equity investments.

Capital One, GoFundMe, and National Urban League Unite in Coalition for Small Business National Advocacy Program

Background video screenshot courtesy Capital One

The new nationwide movement and advocacy program called Small Unites aims to help small business owners and entrepreneurs “thrive in the new normal” with a $50M collective investment from a diverse group of companies.

Launched on August 31, the effort is powered by a coalition of companies including Capital One Business, GoFundMe, the National Urban League, HundredX, and Ogilvy. Small Unites hopes to encourage people to “donate, shop, share” in support of their favorite small businesses, according to a news release.

The program offers a toolkit for small business owners.

Dallas-Based Integrality Helps Borrowers and Lenders Navigate PPP Loan Forgiveness

Cynthia Nevels [Photo: Jeremy Patton]

Dallas-based Integrality founder Cynthia Nevels wants to make applying for loan forgiveness with the Paycheck Protection Program easier through her new online platform. Nevel’s company has been providing small businesses with help accessing capital and advising through a partnership with Dallas College and the Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development (DCED). The user-friendly portal allows borrowers to securely provide data and documents.

The firm’s goal is to help both borrowers and lenders, Nevels said. 

Let’s Grow North Texas Business

Led by The DEC Network, this one-stop-shop of resources was created through a collaborative partnership that includes nearly 100 business support organizations across the North Texas region. Its hub of resources are intended to help small business owners and entrepreneurs make it through the uncertain times created by COVID-19.

Collin County CARES Small Business Grants

Grant applications are open for Collin County businesses not located in the City of Dallas, which have suffered business losses due to the pandemic. Businesses with less than $5 million in gross revenues and fewer than 100 full-time equivalent employees may be eligible. Applications are open until Sept. 25.

Garland Health Facilities Development Corporation (GHFDC) 2020-21 grant programs

Funds are available to support public or nonprofit health care service organizations that have need of medical supplies, medical equipment, and repair or construction of medical facilities, per the City of Garland. Applications close at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Preserve the Fort Grant Program Opens Second Round

Applications for the second round of Fort Worth’s business grant program, Preserve the Fort, have opened. Nearly $9 million is available to help local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grants are funded from a portion of the City of Fort Worth’s CARES Act allocation. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Talent Pool

Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week, you’ll find:  

  • Costco is hiring delivery drivers, warehouse and store workers, and more… explore jobs
  • Medical City is hiring nurses, patient care technicians, technologists, and more… explore jobs
  • FedEx Ground is hiring full-time and part-time package handlers in the Dallas Region… explore jobs
  • Fidelity Investments is hiring engineers, customer associates, consultants, and more… explore jobs.

AUG. 28

  • In Fort Worth, a second round of the Preserve the Fort fund could provide up to $8.8 million, with specific categories for nonprofits, as well as bars and music venues closed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 26 decree. The application window is expected to open in early September. The Fort Worth Business Press has the details.
  • Tarrant County, which received its own CARES Act funding, plans to open a second round of small business assistance that “could help some small businesses that may have felt left out,” NBCDFW reports.

 

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week, you’ll find:  

  • CVS Health is hiring pharmacy technicians, managers, management trainees, concierges, and more… explore jobs
  • From nurses to chefs, radiation technicians to vice presidents, Texas Health Resources is hiring at hospitals throughout the Dallas Region… explore jobs
  • Amazon is hiring warehouse, shopper, Amazon Air, and customer service teams in the Dallas Region… explore jobs
  • Lockheed Martin is hiring engineers, managers, web developers, and more in the Dallas Region… explore jobs


AUGUST 21

 

TALENT POOL
Explore Dallas-Fort Worth jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week, you’ll find:  

  • Hilti North America is hiring warehouse positions, service representatives, solutions architects, and moreexplore jobs
  • North Texas Food Bank has positions in warehouse operations, accounting and finance, community impact, and more… explore jobs
  • HEB/Central Market has various open positions including sales representatives, parking lot attendants, deli and produce managers, and more… explore jobs
  • UnitedHealth Group is hiring customer service and clinical positions… explore jobs

 


AUGUST 14

 

TALENT POOL
Explore jobs in the “Say Yes to Dallas'” back-to-work hub. This week you’ll find:  

  • Target is hiring security, merchandising, and food and beverage service positions at its Dallas region stores… explore jobs
  • From nurses to research analysts, Texas Scottish Rite is looking for professionals to join the team… explore jobs
  • Frito-Lay North America is hiring mechanics, technicians, sales representatives, and more… explore jobs
  • OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, is hiring several high-tech positions including developers and a cloud engineer… explore jobs.

AUGUST 7


TALENT POOL

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.

JULY 31

TALENT POOL
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.

JULY 24

TALENT POOL

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. 

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• 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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