Daily Business Bulletin – March 27, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

March 27, 2020

A message from Governor Abbott

Yesterday the Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted a waiver request to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid that, if approved, would ensure Texans on Medicaid continue to have their routine needs met, even as the state responds to COVID-19.

Find more information on the waiver HERE.

 

A message from the Texas Association of Business

Hope rises in Texas as Senate cuts deal on $2 trillion stimulus
After days of negotiation between congressional Republicans and Democrats and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senate leaders announced early Wednesday they had a deal, with hopes of passing the legislation today and getting checks out to Americans and loans to business and industry within weeks.

Read more HERE.

 

A message from the Texas Workforce Commission

Taking care of your workers during COVID-19 is our top priority.
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. You can get started 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Start filing your mass claim HERE.

Daily Business Bulletin – March 26, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

March 26, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that visitors flying in to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/26/texas-orders-self-quarantine-air-travelers-new-york-and-new-orleans/

Daily Business Bulletin – March 25, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

March 25, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial Wage and Hour Division (WHD) guidance is available in three-parts:

A workplace poster model for covered employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and FAQs.

 

Daily Business Bulletin – March 24, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

March 24, 2020

Today Judge Hill announced an executive order for all of Collin County that includes:

  • All persons in Collin County are hereby ordered to stay home except for travel related to work and other essential activities.
  • Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms is ordered to stay home besides seeking medical care.
  • If any one person in a household is diagnosed with COVID-19, all persons in that household are required to stay home until cleared by a medical professional.
  • All businesses in Collin County are deemed “essential businesses” and may continue to operate so long as they comply with requirements to stop spread of COVID-19 including:
    • Practicing social distancing or taking extreme care to reduce risk of exposure;
    • Avoiding mass gatherings;
    • Working from home, if possible;
    • Canceling or postponing large meetings;
    • Not shaking hands; and
    • Complying with Governor Abbott’s March 19th Executive Order which prohibits gathering in groups of more than 10, dine-in restaurants and bars, gyms and massage parlors.  Drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for bars/restaurants is still allowed.

Read the full order here.

Daily Business Bulletin – March 23, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

March 23, 2020

  • Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday that he supported local authorities’ decision to executive shelter-in-place orders, but stopped short of issuing one statewide, indicating he wanted to give his current executive order which banned gatherings greater than 10 people and closed restaurants and bars, as well as schools, throughout the state more time to see if it’s working.  He also ordered the postponement of all non-necessary medical surgeries, and waived state regulation allowing more than one patient to be treated in a room to help increase hospital capacity.  Furthermore, Governor Abbott waived requirements for final-year nursing students, retired nurses and others that recently moved to Texas to allow them to immediately begin practicing in our hospitals.
  • Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins immediately issued a shelter-in-place order for Dallas County following the Governor’s press conference.  Judge Jenkins indicated he believes a shelter-in-place is the only way to prevent overwhelming our hospital systems within the next few weeks.  Essential businesses such grocery stores, medical offices, construction and more are exempt.  It has been reported that Travis County is drafting a similar order.
  • Plano City Council postponed tonight’s council meeting as they make arrangements to hold future meetings via video conference.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 30.
  • Congressman Van Taylor is hosting a Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall in conjunction with Collin County Judge Chris Hill, State Representatives Jeff Leach and Matt Shaheen, and officials from the Collin County Department of Public Health on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:45 PM CT.  You can join the call by signing up here.
  • Negotiations over a massive Coronavirus relief bill have stalled in Washington, DC.

Workplace Tips for Response to COVID-19

The Plano Chamber knows that protecting the health, safety, and peace of mind of your employees is a top priority for our member businesses as Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominates international news.

The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to ensure we are all adequately prepared to protect Americans at home and aborad.

We would like to share the following resources by the U.S. Chamber:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees

Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Plano Chamber encourages our business community to focus on preparedness, not panic, and to continue with best practices from every flu season, including frequent and thorough hand-washing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying home if you’re feeling ill.

Additionally, we encourage you to continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other leading authorities as additional information is made available.

Welcome New February 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 25 new business members in the month of February. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Antega LLC
Archgate Montessori Academy
AskAlvinDFW
Cafe Intermezzo
Children’s Health Specialty Center Preston*
Cruzito’s Cocina Mexicana
Da Mario
Do-It-Yourself Pest & Weed Control
Edidac LLC
Eliot Management Group
Fiviza
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses/ DCCCD
Granny Nannies
Isabelle Guillen Portraits
Major Faith Roofing And Construction
Mayan Technologies
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Sandler Training By The Star-Performance Group, Inc.
Shutterfly Inc
Southern Services Landscape
Spaces.
The Kidz Money Project
The Lincoln At Towne Square
UT Southwestern Clinical Center at Richardson/Plano
Xinsei

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New January 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 28 new business members in the month of January. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Adair Law Group
Alpine Roofing Construction
Ameri100
Bryan Gallerson, P.C.
Canopy By Hilton — Frisco Station
Cassandra Shead Realtors
CBD American Shaman Legacy
CBD Kratom
Divas Build Futures Inc
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Of Richardson, LLC
The Fruitguys
GHM Creative
I9 Sports
Ideal Image
Leadership In Action
Living Well Dallas
Lone Star Coaches
Maureen Bernas Gomez
Monday Distribution
Patriot Softwash
Paul Quinn College
Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa – 250
RPM Staffing Professionals, Inc.
Sity Communications, Inc.
Sleep Number
Texan Window Cleaning
Texas Center For Joint Replacement
Tommy Bahama

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New December 2019 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 15 new business members in the month of December. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Abundant Solutions of Dallas – LLC
Adam Rose Human Resources Management
Alta 289
Barre3 Plano
Cleansmart Express Car Wash
Clear Card
Comfort Suites East Plano – Richardson
H.A.R.E. Training — (Highly Accurate Real Estate)
Morgan Stanley — Emma Smith
Pivot Talent Group
Preserve On Preston
Scripx
Treasured Vessels Foundation
US Physician Resources Intl. Inc.
Village Burger Bar

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New November 2019 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 13 new business members in the month of November. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Accident Care and Treatment Center
Eden Lifestyle Boutique
ER Near Me
Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E.
GraceBridge Resale
GXA
Heller Automotive Inc.
Integrity T3chnology
Ledoux Consulting LLC
Mary Kay Cosmetics – Laurie Cole
Raise Your Hand Texas
Texas Forest Farm
Worldwide Commercial

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.