SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

For more information on how you can get assistance as a small business, please visit the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Website

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) LOANS

Texas small businesses can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with the COVID-19 crisis. The SBA COVID-10 Relief options includes: payroll protection program, economic injury disaster loan, express bridge loan pilot program and SBA debt relief. 

0% INTEREST LOAN PROGRAM

Through a partnership with LiftFund, the City of San Antonio helps make 0% interest loans available to qualifying local small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Loans range from $500 to $100,000 and can be used to help start-up or existing business.

LAUNCH SA

Launch SA is San Antonio’s fueling center for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Staff members are available and can provide insights to help address specific challenges.

MAESTRO

Maestro Entrepreneur Center is committed to helping small businesses accelerate growth beyond the million-dollar revenue threshold.

SAN ANTONIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) offers resources for employers and workers, including access to job boards and online learning tools.

CONTINGENCY PLANNING

Small businesses are also encouraged to create a contingency plan. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Offers guidance online.

LEGAL TIPS

  • Review your agreement for force majeure clauses
  • Consider having an insurance specialist review your insurance policies 
  • Consider sitting back down at the table 

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

 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. 

SHARED WORK PROGRAM

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work program was developed to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19.

Rapid Response Services

Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Workforce Solutions Alamo provides immediate on-site services for both employees and employers. Rapid Response Services and activities are early-intervention services designed to enable workers affected by closures or layoffs to transition to new employment as quickly as possible. 

EMPLOYERS

Texas Governor Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Workforce Commission to waive the waiting week, for Unemployment Benefits. In addition to waiving the waiting week, the Texas Workforce Commission is exercising its authority under the Governor’s declaration of a Statewide Disaster to waive Unemployment Insurance work search requirements effective immediately.

RECOMMENDED CALL & ACCESS TIME

TWC asks that Texans use their area code to find their proposed call and access times listed below. See below chart for recommended call and access times:
If you are having trouble getting through to the Unemployment Benefit Services line (800-939-6631) or on the TWC website, please keep trying.

COVID-19 INFORMATION WEBINARS

These free sessions will cover the basics of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, how to apply and where you get additional help with preparing and applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the SBA's website.