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COVID-19 Resources

The Austin Young Chamber is committed to the safety and well-being of our members and our community.

As we work together to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to explore the resources below.



Dear Austin Young Chamber Members and Friends:

The Austin Young Chamber is committed to the safety and well-being of our members and our community. 

As we work together to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, here are measures the Austin Young Chamber is taking to protect our staff, members, and community at large:

  • We will be rescheduling all events planned for March. Stay tuned for new dates.
  • All March committee meetings will include teleconferencing options.
  • Our staff will be working remotely 3/16 – 3/27, and our offices will be closed to the public during this time.
  • We will continue to assess necessary changes to our offices and program delivery and keep you updated and informed.

As we move forward together, we encourage you to:

While the arrival of COVID-19 has caused us all to change how we run our businesses and live our daily lives, we are encouraged by the kindness, support, and innovations we are seeing throughout our community. We are also exploring innovative ways to keep you safely connecting so that we can keep doing what we have for the past ten years…creating spaces for businesses to thrive.

Wishing you good health and goodwill,

Alyssia Palacios-Woods, CFRE
President & CEO
Austin Young Chamber



  • US Small Business Administration – Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    • Texas businesses now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration loans
      • Step 1: Apply for loan
        • Apply online at the SBA’s secure website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
        • As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization, you may borrow up to $2 million for economic injury.
        • As a small business, you may apply for a maximum business loan of $2 million.
      • Step 2: Property verified and loan-processing decision made
        • SBA reviews your credit before conducting an inspection to verify your losses.
        • An SBA verifier will estimate the total physical loss to your disaster-damaged property.
        • A loan officer will determine your eligibility during processing, after reviewing any insurance or other recoveries. SBA can make a loan while your insurance recovery is pending.
        • A loan officer works with you to provide all the necessary information needed to reach a loan determination with the goal of arriving at a decision about your application within 2-3 weeks.
        • A loan officer will contact you to discuss the loan recommendation and your next steps. You will also be advised in writing of all loan decisions.
      • Step 3: Loan closed and funds disbursed
        • SBA will prepare and send loan closing documents to you for your signature.
        • Once SBA receives the signed loan closing documents, an initial disbursement will be made to you within 5 days. (Economic injury: $25,000)
        • A case manager will be assigned to work with you to help you meet all loan conditions. They will also schedule subsequent disbursements until you receive the full loan amount.
        • Your loan may be adjusted after closing due to your changing circumstances, such as increasing the loan for unexpected repair costs or reducing the loan due to additional insurance proceeds.
      • Required Documentation
        • The following documents are required to process your application and reach a loan decision. Your loan officer and case manager will assist you to ensure you submit the proper documentation. Approval decision and disbursement of loan funds is dependent on receipt of your documentation.
          • Business Loan Application (SBA Form 5) completed and signed by business applicant
          • IRS Form 4506-T completed and signed by applicant business, each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member and, for any owner who has more than a 50% ownership in an affiliate business (affiliates include business parent, subsidiaries, and/or businesses with common ownership or management)
          • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent federal income tax returns for the applicant business or an explanation if not available
          • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed and dated by the applicant (of a sole proprietorship), each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member
          • Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)
        • Additional information may be needed to process your application:
          • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent federal income tax returns for each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member and, each affiliate when any owner has more than a 50% ownership in an affiliate business (affiliates include business parent, subsidiaries, and/or businesses with common ownership or management)
          • 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.
          • A current year-to-date profit and loss statement
          • Additional Filing Requirements (SBA Form 1368) providing monthly sales figures
    • SBA’s step-by-step process for business owners in both English and Spanish. For additional information, we encourage you to visit the SBA website.


  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area – If you are a business facing a layoff or closure, they can offer proactive, business-focused intervention and layoff aversion support at no cost*.
    • Shared Work – allows employers to reduce the work hours of employees and TWC provides partial unemployment benefits to supplement the wages lost to reduced hours.
    • Layoff Aversion Funding – employees could be trained to become greater assets to your company.
    • Temporary Layoff Program – allows employers the option to furlough employees for up to 12 weeks and hire them back after the crisis has passed. Employees receive Unemployment Benefits during this period. It’s an excellent way to maintain your workforce as you recover from this emergency situation. More information can be provided from our TWC Unemployment Specialist if this is the best option for a company.

If companies are interested in learning more about these services they can fill out their online form.



  • Hire A Creative – A community for creatives in Austin to be discovered and hired.


Access the latest information on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control.

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
      cleaning a counter
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


General Info

 

Working Remotely Resources

 

Online Events

 

Webinars

  • April 7 at 6:15pm | Technologies For Remote Working, Learning, and More: How To Be Most Effective In The Time Of COVID-19 (And Afterwards)
  • April 9 at 12:00pm | Remote Revolution: How to Build Culture in Distributed Teams

Community Message

Dear Austin Young Chamber Members and Friends:

The Austin Young Chamber is committed to the safety and well-being of our members and our community. 

As we work together to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, here are measures the Austin Young Chamber is taking to protect our staff, members, and community at large:

  • We will be rescheduling all events planned for March. Stay tuned for new dates.
  • All March committee meetings will include teleconferencing options.
  • Our staff will be working remotely 3/16 – 3/27, and our offices will be closed to the public during this time.
  • We will continue to assess necessary changes to our offices and program delivery and keep you updated and informed.

As we move forward together, we encourage you to:

While the arrival of COVID-19 has caused us all to change how we run our businesses and live our daily lives, we are encouraged by the kindness, support, and innovations we are seeing throughout our community. We are also exploring innovative ways to keep you safely connecting so that we can keep doing what we have for the past ten years…creating spaces for businesses to thrive.

Wishing you good health and goodwill,

Alyssia Palacios-Woods, CFRE
President & CEO
Austin Young Chamber


For Businesses

  • US Small Business Administration – Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    • Texas businesses now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration loans
      • Step 1: Apply for loan
        • Apply online at the SBA’s secure website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
        • As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization, you may borrow up to $2 million for economic injury.
        • As a small business, you may apply for a maximum business loan of $2 million.
      • Step 2: Property verified and loan-processing decision made
        • SBA reviews your credit before conducting an inspection to verify your losses.
        • An SBA verifier will estimate the total physical loss to your disaster-damaged property.
        • A loan officer will determine your eligibility during processing, after reviewing any insurance or other recoveries. SBA can make a loan while your insurance recovery is pending.
        • A loan officer works with you to provide all the necessary information needed to reach a loan determination with the goal of arriving at a decision about your application within 2-3 weeks.
        • A loan officer will contact you to discuss the loan recommendation and your next steps. You will also be advised in writing of all loan decisions.
      • Step 3: Loan closed and funds disbursed
        • SBA will prepare and send loan closing documents to you for your signature.
        • Once SBA receives the signed loan closing documents, an initial disbursement will be made to you within 5 days. (Economic injury: $25,000)
        • A case manager will be assigned to work with you to help you meet all loan conditions. They will also schedule subsequent disbursements until you receive the full loan amount.
        • Your loan may be adjusted after closing due to your changing circumstances, such as increasing the loan for unexpected repair costs or reducing the loan due to additional insurance proceeds.
      • Required Documentation
        • The following documents are required to process your application and reach a loan decision. Your loan officer and case manager will assist you to ensure you submit the proper documentation. Approval decision and disbursement of loan funds is dependent on receipt of your documentation.
          • Business Loan Application (SBA Form 5) completed and signed by business applicant
          • IRS Form 4506-T completed and signed by applicant business, each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member and, for any owner who has more than a 50% ownership in an affiliate business (affiliates include business parent, subsidiaries, and/or businesses with common ownership or management)
          • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent federal income tax returns for the applicant business or an explanation if not available
          • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed and dated by the applicant (of a sole proprietorship), each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member
          • Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)
        • Additional information may be needed to process your application:
          • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent federal income tax returns for each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member and, each affiliate when any owner has more than a 50% ownership in an affiliate business (affiliates include business parent, subsidiaries, and/or businesses with common ownership or management)
          • 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.
          • A current year-to-date profit and loss statement
          • Additional Filing Requirements (SBA Form 1368) providing monthly sales figures
    • SBA’s step-by-step process for business owners in both English and Spanish. For additional information, we encourage you to visit the SBA website.


  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area – If you are a business facing a layoff or closure, they can offer proactive, business-focused intervention and layoff aversion support at no cost*.
    • Shared Work – allows employers to reduce the work hours of employees and TWC provides partial unemployment benefits to supplement the wages lost to reduced hours.
    • Layoff Aversion Funding – employees could be trained to become greater assets to your company.
    • Temporary Layoff Program – allows employers the option to furlough employees for up to 12 weeks and hire them back after the crisis has passed. Employees receive Unemployment Benefits during this period. It’s an excellent way to maintain your workforce as you recover from this emergency situation. More information can be provided from our TWC Unemployment Specialist if this is the best option for a company.

If companies are interested in learning more about these services they can fill out their online form.


For Individuals

  • Hire A Creative – A community for creatives in Austin to be discovered and hired.

Support Local
Stay Healthy

Access the latest information on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control.

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
      cleaning a counter
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Online Learning + Events

General Info

 

Working Remotely Resources

 

Online Events

 

Webinars

  • April 7 at 6:15pm | Technologies For Remote Working, Learning, and More: How To Be Most Effective In The Time Of COVID-19 (And Afterwards)
  • April 9 at 12:00pm | Remote Revolution: How to Build Culture in Distributed Teams