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COVID 19

As COVID-19 emerges as a global concern, the Longview Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation and we want to provide you with accurate information, useful tools and resources that allow you to operate your business effectively.  Facts Matter!

Chamber Resources

We have compiled chamber resources for you on the COVID-19 response to provide a one-stop resource center for you.

Click on a resource below for more information.

Messages From CEO / President, Kelly R Hall, CCE, IOM, MSL

May 26 – Challenges / Issues Facing Businesses as We Re-Open

USCC PPP Forgiveness Guide

TX Request for Liability Protections for Texas Employers

May 11 – We’re Open & We’re Here for You!

May 4 – Responding Together During Times of Uncertainty

April 27 – Opening Texas Safely

The Governor’s Report – Opening Texas Safely

Guidelines for Opening Up American Again

April 20 – Implementing a Return to Work Plan

April 13 – Implementing a Return to Work Plan

April 5 – Getting Through the COVID-19 Together

March 30 – Responding Together During Times of Uncertainty

March 23 – The Longview Chamber is Working on Your Behalf

March 13 – Longview is Open for Business!

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Texas Coronovirus Testing Sites

CompTIA – Cyber Safety Best Pratices for Working Remotely

CompTIA – 8 Cyber Security Tips for Working Remotely

LCC Letter to Gregg County Waiver for Industries and Products

LCC Guide to Virtual Meeting Etiquette

LCC Letter to City of Longview Waiver for Industries and Products

Payroll Protection Program Information from Senator Cornyn

Webinar Recordings

US Chamber – SBA EIDL Guide

US Chamber – Emp Retention Credit Guide

US Chamber – Small Business PPP Loan Guide

US Chamber – Guía para Pequeñas Empresas para los Préstamos Federales

US Chamber – FMLA Paid Leave Programs-Guide

PRO-Active 17-Pivot Point Checklist

Actions to Manage Your Business Slides

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COVID‐19 Business and Tax Update  Released March 21, 2020

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New!  Back to Business Playbook: Compliance and Risk Management Considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

DIY-Employee Facing Communications

HUB Decision Process Flow – Families First Coronavirus Response Act(FFA)

Podcasts

Small Biz Challenge: Where We Grow From Here.  Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec group and star of ABC’s Shark Tank,

The Crucial Steps Small Business Owners Should Take Today

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Resilience in a Box Top 20 Tips for Biz Prep

Resilience in a Box Checklist for Business Preparedness

Businesses Are Adapting to Change

Our Chamber members who are providing adapted ways to continue business operations while adhering to shelter and Social Distancing mandates to protect people. 

Sweet Shop USA

A Mount Pleasant Chocolate Factory Transforms Into Medical Face Shield assembly Line

By Erin Roach Southern Baptist Texan Apr 3, 2020 Updated Apr 3, 2020 ; published by the Longview News-Journal April 5, 2020

MOUNT PLEASANT — A chocolate factory owned by a couple of Southern Baptists is among the factories that have converted to make medical face shields to supply hospitals with personal protective equipment needed in the COVID-19 fight.  Click here to read the story!

Businesses Helping Businesses

B2B Solutions

Our Chamber members who are providing new ways or special offers to help other businesses in our business community!  We are all in this together.  Now is the time to embrace new technology and messaging!

Jodac Office Outfitters

We hope and pray all is well with you. Please be safe. We would just like let you know OUR NEW BUSINESS HOUR at Jodac Office Outfitters starting March 27, 2020- will be 10am-2pm Monday-Friday BY PHONE 8AM-5PM and Saturday BY APPOINTMENT. If you need any deliveries before or after hours please let us know. Thanks so much for your business. BE SAFE!

Click here to learn see their flyer!

  

Day Tire Centers

Essential Workers receive Government Pricing through April 30.

Click here to learn more about this Program!

  

M. Roberts Media Community Grant

M Roberts Media is offering a $1 million  grant fund for small local businesses.  Our company understands these are dificult times and we want to help out as best we can.

Click here to learn more about this Program!

Click here to apply!

  

JustMeet

The simplest conference call solution

Click HERE or within this post to go to JustMeet web site!

Need to meet remotely or host a small group of up to 50 callers when just voice is needed? The solution is simple. Join quickly from any phone, any time with JustMeet conferencing! NO apps, special software or hardware required.

Sign up at JustMeet.live

Click here to learn more about this 30-day free service!

  

Churches Helping Churches

According to Barna Group, tens of thousands of pastors are unsure if their church will survive the coronavirus pandemic and a quarter of American churches have reduced staff hours, reduced compensation or laid off employees.

Here is how you can help!

 

 

Open for Small Business Initiative

Washington Prime Group, owner of Longview Mall, recognizes the vital role that small businesses play as a major driver of the U.S. economy.

WPG has partnered with the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and the University of Chicago to launch the Open for Small Business Initiative, provides an easy to use lease modification template allowing for the deferral of payments until local entrepreneurs can get back on their feet.

There are educational webcast seminars with government agency officials and private sector experts to discuss how to access SBA guaranteed loans and more.  These resources are being made available to all small businesses whether or not they are a WPG tenant.  Visit the Open for Small Business website to learn more, access the form and webcastsClick here for the entire article.  

ABC Auto

Protect Employees & Customers with Plexi-G;ass Sheilds

ABC Auto installed plexi-glass shields in front of their counters to keep their customers and employees safe. Click here for the picture of the installation. They are offering to help the community by offering these 24″x48″ shields for only $40 a sheet. The shields can be attached by using C clamps that can be purchased at any hardware store. If a customer would like to hang them from the ceiling using chains, they will pre-drill holes in the panel.

If you are interested, contact Donna Dyess (ddyess@abcauto.com) or Justin Smith (jsmith@abcauto.com). You can also call their glass shop at 903-232-3020. Or reach out to Jake Taylor with any further questions, 903.232.3060.

Best Western Plus

Special Medical and First Responder Rate

Best Western Plus is extending their hospitality and help by providing a special Medical and First Responder Rate. Anyone in the Medical Field, Police or Fire Responder can receive the temp $59.99 rate with all of our great services. We have switched to “Grab & Go” breakfast bags in order to help protect our guests and employees during this time..  Click here to access the flyer!

Cynergy Technology

COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors

The news is filled with topics on COVID-19 and everything that goes along with it. A recent Cyber Security article opened with the following headlines: “Ransomware slows COVID-19 treatment development, Malware targets online shoppers, and Phishing scams jump by 667% in a month.”   The Department of Homeland Security Cyber Awareness Group has released the following alert.

 Remote Working Guidance

Click here to read about:  Remote Workers, Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Cloud Services, and Cyber Security.

 Cyber Security Guidance

Cynergy Technology offers Cyber Security guidance as businesses transition to a high demand of virtual work in response to protecting people during COVID-19.  Click to read about:  Telecommunitg/Mobile Workforce, Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware and, Valid Information Sources.

Nerds Stick Together - Free Tools to Meet Online and Work Remotely

Free Tools – All of these tools have the ability to do work with your computer, laptop or smartphone / tablet – if you have a screen with a camera you can work together online.  A list of IT companies that can help.  Click here for the web site.   Click here for the video.

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