PROMOTE is the public relations arm of The Chamber and we want your business to thrive!
Some of the action items found under PROMOTE are -
- Events such as Annual Banquet, Business Showcase and Golf Classic
- Shop Pearland
- Dine Pearland
- First Fridays
- Membership and Ambassador Committee
- Business of the Month
- Member Spotlight
- And, more!
ENTREPRENEUR - The Business Development & Entrepreneur division of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce focuses on growing our business by offering education on a variety of topics by a diverse group of instructors.
The ENTREPRENEUR division is where you go to find information on -
- Business & Entrepreneur Committee
- Healthcare Committee
- Workforce Development Committee
- Chamber Academy
- Monthly Membership Luncheons
- Community Partnerships
- And, more!
As an ADVOCATE, the Chamber works to create a pro-business community by advocating for business-friendly issues and public policies; influencing and impacting government officials, entities and educational institutions; and educating our constituency.
As an ADVOCATE, we offer -
- Elected Officials Information
- Pearland Day in Austin
- Public Policy
- Leadership Pearland
- Transportation, Roads & Bridges
- And, more!
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
(assembled by the Pearland Economic Development Corporation)
The City of Pearland has partnered with PEDC and LiftFund to launch the City of Pearland Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The goal of the program is to help a diverse group of small businesses in the city of Pearland that have suffered an economic loss as a result of the pandemic and need funding to continue to sustain operations. The City has dedicated $800,000, a portion of the funds it received from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), to small business recovery grants and funds to be distributed beginning November 2020.
In order to qualify, businesses must meet the following qualifications:
- Annual gross revenues greater than $10,000 but less than $2 million in 2019 gross revenue from all business activities;
- Limited to businesses that are retail/commercial with a certificate of occupancy located and will remain in the corporate limits of the City of Pearland;
- Demonstrates a COVID-19 loss of at least 10% of revenue in the period beginning March 12, 2020 up to September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019;
- Business must be established one year prior to March 1, 2020;
- Only one business owner per business may receive a grant through this program.
- A franchise business qualifies if the owner only owns one location;
- Business financial information must be verified through one or more of the following: Bank Documentation: Plaid access via LiftFund application or complete paper statements via applicant’s bank;
- 90-day business action plan;
- Comply with the spirit of the City’s non-discrimination policy; and
- Not be debarred and/or suspended from doing business with the Federal or State governments
Grants awarded will range from $1,000 to $15,000 per business and the fund is not first come, first served. All applications will be reviewed based on stated and verified business information and business operations. A lottery will be conducted if the funding requests exceed the fund amount.
Applications will be accepted from October 12, 2020, at 9:00 AM CST through October 26, 2020, at 11:59 PM CST.
Want to learn more about the program and how to apply? The Pearland Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual webinar on Tuesday, October 13th at 2:45pm where representatives from the City, PEDC, and LiftFund will provide an overview of the program and answer questions. Watch live at www.facebook.com/pearlandchamber.
TWC Refuse to Work Assistance
Various businesses and stakeholders have contacted Representative Thompson's office regarding employees that refuse to return to work. TWC has provided the following links to assist employers during this difficult time.
This is the direct link to the form: https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/EBS_REF/ewrd/employeeWorkRefusalDoc
Governor's Small Business Webinar Series: East Texas
When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Online Webinar - REGISTER HERE
About the Event:
The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series - East Texas will provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources. Businesses will also get the chance to connect with local experts and support systems. The agenda will include:
Update on programs in the CARES Act
Workforce-related topics such as hiring, benefits, payroll and unemployment
Live Q&A with the experts
Featured speakers will include an expert from the Texas Workforce Commission as well as local Small Business Development Centers.
This event is hosted in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Economic Development Council, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tyler and The University of Texas – Tyler.
This week (Monday-Friday) the SBA will have a 9am PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar and 3pm EIDL/PPP overview. Access info below:
PPP Forgiveness Webinars:
Updated - 4.28.2020
Governor Abbot's Plan to Open Texas
CLICK to view Plan
Updated - 4.27.2020
SBA Update for the PPP and EIDL as approved through the CARES Act
Click for the SBA Slide Presentation current as of 4.28.2020
Updated - 4.22.2020
TWC Advises Non-Traditional Applicants on Unemployment Process
AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) advises self-employed, contract and gig workers who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) using Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS).
During the application process, when UBS asks non-traditional workers the reason for their job separation, they should select “reduced hours.” If their reduced hours are a result of COVID-19, they should also select “COVID-19” under the disaster impact section. The system will then display questions they need to answer to complete their claim.
After completion, the system will first review the claim for regular unemployment insurance eligibility, which will result in a denial for regular unemployment benefits only. Subsequently, TWC will automatically enroll these applicants in PUA. The initial denial for unemployment insurance may cause confusion but does not affect the PUA eligibility.
Those who have already submitted claims should not reapply. They should continue to request benefit payment every two weeks while TWC enrolls them in PUA.
Applicants do not need to call TWC. Non-traditional applicants who are eligible will qualify for a base weekly benefit amount of $207, plus the additional $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment per week.
Self-employed, contract and gig workers must submit their 2019 IRS 1040 Schedule C, F or SE prior to December 26, 2020 by fax, email or mail:
- Fax: (512) 936-3250
- Mail: Texas Workforce Commission, P.O. Box 149137, Austin, TX 78714-9137
- Email: San Antonio UI Mail: email@example.com.
Note: Applicants who submit their tax information may not receive an immediate response. Please do not resubmit unless explicitly asked.
Updated - 4.16.2020
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance
- SBA has a new, streamlined online loan application with no filing requirement to provide tax returns, financial statements, etc. – one application which includes the EIDL loan and an EIDL Advance.
- To apply online for an EIDL loan go to: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/
- Small businesses may request an Advance of $1,000 per employee, up to $10,000.
- The EIDL Advance does not have to be repaid.
- There is no cost to apply and no obligation to accept an approved loan.
- A local Small Business Development Center counselor may be able to help – to find one, visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance.
SBA’s Customer Service Center
- To check the status of your loan application or Advance, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SBA is presently processing millions of loan applications – there may be delays at our Customer Service Center – please be patient, don’t give up – keep trying to get through.
- For help or with questions about completing the application – please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center.
Paycheck Protection Program
- Businesses may visit an approved SBA 7a local lender to access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Find a local PPP lender here: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find.
- A local Small Business Development Center counselor may be able to help – to find one, visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance.
- Please contact your local bank or go to https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.
FACT SHEET as of 4.16.2020
Updated - 4.01.2020
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act approved by Congress, additional resources are available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Below is a brief summary on the two key programs from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that are currently available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19:
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants and
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
A business may qualify for both the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program as long as they cover different items.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
and Emergency Economic Injury Grants
The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as the result of COVID-19. The EIDL program provides working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
These working capital loans may be used to pay -
- fixed debts,
- accounts payable
- and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
The CARES Act made a modification to this existing program that includes providing a grant (emergency advance) of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an EIDL that doesn’t need to be repaid. This program is offered by the SBA, not a local lender.
To get the emergency grant,
- Apply for the EIDL loan, at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- Be sure to check the box on page 2 of 2 on the Additional Information Page, to be considered for an advance (emergency grant) of $10,000
- You can receive up to $10,000 even if you are not approved by the SBA for a loan
The PEDC has uploaded a blank SBA Application at https://www.pearlandedc.com/wp-content/uploads/EIDL-Application-Screenshots.pdf
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Overview
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Who Can Apply -
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
How to Apply -
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution or federally insured credit union that is participating. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020.
Loan Details and Forgiveness -
The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
For more information, on businesses that qualify visit -https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf pr https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
Updated - 3.31.2020
We recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus and the impact that it will have on our community. Emergency measures – while critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 – are already having an economic impact on individuals, businesses, and communities and these impacts likely will be felt for months to come. The City and the City’s Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) understand that our local employers are vital to our community’s economy and are committed to facilitating communications and support from state and local resources during this time.
As additional federal and state government resources become available in the future, we will update this information. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Pearland Economic Development Corporation - 281.997.3000
Pearland Chamber of Commerce - 281.485.3634
San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center - 281.485.5389
Pearland Economic Development Corporation and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce are committed to working with you to provide resources to get through this current disruption. As such, we are partnering with the Greater Houston Partnership on a survey to identify the needs of local businesses resulting from COVID-19. We are asking all local businesses to complete this short survey so we can better understand the impact of this disruption on our local and regional economy and formulate how we may be of assistance.
Resources that can provide assistance during this disruption
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
There are two loan programs from the Small Business Administration to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. A business may qualify for both the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) as they cover different items. EIDL is directly through the SBA and is now taking applications. The Paycheck Protection Program will be through your local lender and the rules and process are still be worked on at this time. See below for more details on both programs.
SBA INJURY DISASTER LOANS (EDIL)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as the result of COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Once approved, an initial disaster bridge loan of $25,000 could be available within 5 days.
Criteria reviewed includes credit history, ability to repay and losses related to the disaster. There is no cost to apply with funds coming directly from the US Treasury and not your bank. SBA will calculate the businesses’ ability to fund itself for the next six months and if it cannot, it is eligible for a loan. The maximum unsecured loan is $25,000, but a loan will not be declined for a lack of collateral, however will require borrowers to pledge what is available. Payments start the 12th month after the date of the note. There is no obligation to take the loan or draw down entire amount offered.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
We encourage you to first reach out to your local bank/lender to see what credit/assistance is available. Also, determine if you are a small business by taking the size standard test.
There is a three-step disaster loan process:
- Download two forms, fill in and upload forms: 3 pages of application estimated to take only 30 minutes to complete, can be scanned or can be taken as a photo and uploaded. Forms are not being completed on the web, only via upload.
- Loan processing decision: Information will be verified and credit checked and more information may be requested to determine the loan amount. A loan office will contact you to make a recommendation and discuss the next steps. A decision can take up to four weeks.
- Loan closes and funds disbursed: Once you sign and submit loan documents, an initial disaster bridge loan of $25,000 will be available within 5 days.
What You Will Need to Apply
- Loan Application: Sole Proprietor (SBA Form 5C) or Business (SBA Form 5)
- Check EIDL box
- Do not fill out blocks 15 or 20, as there is no property loss
- Supporting Information: SBA Form P-019
- If business is less than a year old, can still apply.
Other Information You May Be Asked for Later
- Up to two years Tax Returns with all schedules: IRS Form 4506-T
- Complete copy, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal income tax return for principals (own 20% or more), all general partners or managing members and each owner who owns more than 50% of an affiliate business
- If the most recent Federal income tax return has not been filed, a year-end profit and loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year is acceptable.
- Fee Disclosure: SBA Form 159D
- Monthly Sales Figures: SBA Form 1368
- Personal Financial Statement: SBA Form 413D
- Schedule of Liabilities: SBA Form 2022
- A current year-to-date profit and loss statement
To check the status of the loan application, please contact our Customer Service Center.
By Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339)
By Email: email@example.com
Additional information can be found on the COVID-19: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources page on the SBA’s website and Application Instructions.
SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Paycheck Protection Program will provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through a 100 percent federally guaranteed loan to small businesses (less than 500 employees) who maintain their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. If the employer maintains its payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll cost, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven.
This SBA program will be offered by local banks, credit unions and other SBA certified lenders. To increase the approval time, lenders will have the authority to process, close and service a loan without SBA review. The program was part of the CARES Act approved by Congress and the rules of the program have not yet been finalized.
Small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals are eligible. The maximum loan amount will be the lesser of $10 million dollars or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll and employee benefits, excluding compensation above $100K, based on the prior year’s payroll. The requirement to have credit elsewhere, collateral requirements and all requirements for a personal guarantees are waived. All principal, interest and fees for six months will be waived.
To encourage employers to maintain payroll from February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020, the employer can be receive loan forgiveness for an 8-week period after the origination date used on payroll cost, interest on mortgage obligation, rent and utilities. Employers that rehire workers previously laid off will not be penalized for having a reduced payroll at the beginning of the period.
Additional information with links will be posted when available. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
FEDERAL INCOME TAX FILING DATE DEFERRED TO JULY 15
Federal income tax returns, along with Federal income tax payments, that were due April 15, 2020, have been automatically postponed to July 15, 2020 without any interest or penalties. Originally, the IRS was allowing tax payments to be deferred until July 15, but returns would still be have been required to have been filed by April 15, but this was later revised to also extend the filing of tax returns to July 15. Learn more.
FEDERAL TAX CREDIT FOR REQUIRED PAID LEAVE
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed into law on March 18, 2020, allows small and midsize employers two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing the act’s required Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. All businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to receive funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation is designed to enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.
Eligible employers who pay qualifying sick or child care leave will be able to retain an amount of the payroll taxes equal to the amount of qualifying sick and child care leave that they paid, rather than deposit them with the IRS. The payroll taxes that are available for retention include withheld federal income taxes, the employee share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the employer share of Social Security and Medicare taxes with respect to all employees. Learn more (including examples) on the tax credits.
TAX PROVISIONS FOR BUSINESSES
The CARES Act has multiple provisions to assist business with cash flow and liquidity to encourage businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to reach out to your accountant/tax preparer to see which provisions can benefit your business. A few of the provisions include:
- Eligible employers receive a credit against applicable employment taxes for each calendar quarter in an amount equal to 50% of the qualified wages for each employee. Credit is not available if taking advantage of the small business interruption loan.
- Payroll taxes deferred for most employees from March 27 to December 31, 2020. Half deferred until December 31, 2021 and the other half to December 31, 2022.
- Net Operating Loss provision allows businesses to apply losses from 2018, 2019 or 2020 to past years’ profits and claim refunds.
- Business interest provision temporarily allows increase in the interest deduction from 30 to 50 percent for 2019 and 2020.
Employees working reduced hours or that have been laid off/furloughed because of COVID-19 will be eligible for unemployment. The CARES Act passed by Congress increases the amount customarily available for unemployment by $600 per week until July 31, 2020. Total benefits may not exceed 39 weeks.
Congress recently expanded benefits to self-employed, independent contractors and “gig workers” who normally don’t qualify for unemployment benefits, but may qualify under Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). You should first apply for regular unemployment so the state can determine you are ineligible for benefits before applying for DUA. The expanded benefits for independent contractors or self-employed individuals are being funded through the CARES Act.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION – SHARED WORK PROGRAM
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to enroll in 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. For more information on the Shared Work Program or to apply for the program, click here.
TWC resources for employers can be found here.
CITY OF PEARLAND STAY SAFE AT HOME ORDER
To protect the Pearland community and reinforce regional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Pearland has issued a Stay Safe at Home order, effective March 26th at 6:00 pm. This order limits activities within the Pearland community to those that are essential. For the purposes of this order, essential businesses include essential healthcare operations, essential government functions, essential critical infrastructure, essential retail, providers of basic necessitates to economically disadvantaged populations, essential services necessary to maintain essential operations of residences or other essential businesses, news media, childcare services, and labor union functions. To view the order, click here.
CDC: INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an interim guide to assist businesses and employers plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus Disease. The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES
Pearland continues to work with local, regional and state partners to monitor and prepare for Coronavirus. We encourage you to visit the local County Public Health information pages for the most recent local information.
Contact any of our partners below for more information:
Pearland Economic Development Corporation: (281) 997.3000
Pearland Chamber of Commerce: (281) 485-3634
San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center: (281) 485-5214
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Information for Small Business Owners from the SBA.GOV website landing page:
Current Declared Disasters:
Step 1 to Obtaining SBA Disaster Assistance (the only action that can be taken at this time is to create an account, anyone planning to apply for a loan is advised to get financials in order):
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