Daily Business Bulletin – April 6, 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.

April 6, 2020

Federal Updates

  • The Federal Reserve is working to ensure capital is available for large and smaller companies to keep the financial markets functioning during this crisis.
  • Congressional leadership have begun discussions on timing and content for 4th relief bill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicating the bill should fix anything left out of the CARES Act, and support our healthcare systems’ efforts to end the spread of COVID-19.

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State/Local Updates

  • Governor Abbott issued a statewide order that only “essential services” could remain open across Texas and attempted to clarify which businesses were deemed essential.  The Governor’s order supersedes any local or regional order that was more strict with regard to limiting businesses.  Shortly after Gov. Abbott’s announcement, Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced he has rescinded his executive order previously declaring all businesses essential and the City of Plano cancelled its meeting to consider its own version of a stay-at-home order.
  • Governor Abbott also announced that all Texas schools would remain closed until May 4th.
  • The Texas State Supreme Court has extended its moratorium on residential evictions until April 30.

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Join Congressman Taylor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

With various programs and resources available, its important Collin County businesses have the most up-to-date information about the tools at their disposal.

The United States Chamber is working closely with the White House and federal agencies to inform and equip businesses with the most important and current information so that they may prepare their business for the near and long-term impact resulting from the economic effects of the pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm CST

To participate in the event, simply register at the link below. Upon receiving your RSVP, Congressman Taylor’s office will email you credentials and instructions to access the webinar.

To help facilitate an efficient event with as much information provided as possible, please submit your questions prior to the webinar by emailing your questions to RepVanTaylor@mail.house.gov.

Welcome New March 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 11 new business members in the month of March. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

3Twelve Salon
Budget Blinds Of Plano
Collin Adult Education and Literacy
Green Vine Market
HTeaO Plano
Innovative Auto Works
Orchards Market Plaza
Paws & Claws Animal Hospital
Self Store @ Coit
Stronger Women
Vari

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.

Daily Business Bulletin – April 3, 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.

April 3, 2020

Small Business Administration

Starting today, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans thanks to the CARES Act. To start your application today please visit sba.gov/disaser.

Apply nowsba.gov/disaster
Learn moresba.gov/coronavirus

For additional questions
Call: 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Email: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

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Plano Chamber CARES Act Assistance for Small Business

If you missed today’s call on the CARES Act Assistance for Small Business with Marta Frey, Director of Collin Small Business Development Center, please see the guidance below.

Collin Small Business Development Center CARES Act Small Business Assistance

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Update for Financial Institutions

If you are a financial institution that would like to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program, please review the below application and guidance  from the U.S. Treasury.

Agreement for New Lenders (Banks/Credit Unions)

Lender Information Fact Sheet

 

Daily Business Bulletin – April 2, 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.

April 2, 2020

City of Plano Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall focusing on COVID-19 Thursday, April 2 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Participate in 3 ways:

Watch Town Hall live here on the City of Plano Facebook page.

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Message from the City of Plano 

Update on the Governor’s Order and Essential vs Non-Essential:
The COVID-19 crisis is ever-evolving. In just three weeks, it’s brought tremendous change and uncertainty. We understand it’s been challenging to deal with rapidly-changing information and instructions.

The City of Plano believes simplicity and clarity are important during crisis situations. On Wednesday, Governor Abbott provided guidance for all Texans regarding what is and is not an essential service. The City believes the Governor’s list is the simplest and clearest way for our residents and businesses to know what they should or should not do.

The Governor’s instructions are clear. All Texans are to STAY HOME. The only time you should leave home is when you are performing or obtaining essential services.

What are essential services?
For specifics, the City of Plano is using the Governor’s list to define what is and is not essential: tinyurl.com/u8j94wo

However, you can start to think through what is and is not essential by asking yourself a simple question: Is this a need or a want?

  • A need is something that is necessary for health and life safety – food, medication or urgent medical care, home repairs, work that is essential and cannot be performed from home, and so on.
  • A want is something we’d like to do, but isn’t a basic necessity and can be delayed to a later date.

In addition to businesses the City of Plano has already closed, the Governor specifically listed services that are not essential:

  • Cosmetology Salons
  • Massage Establishments
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Piercing Studios

Two items the Governor included in his list of essentials are:
– Religious services
– Experiencing the great outdoors, alone or with people living within your household.

With anything the Governor has indicated is essential, you should practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness and sanitation, and implement social distancing with people who are not in the same household.

This evening, we will post an updated list of FAQs to our website share.plano.gov/COVID-19Update addressing the more detailed questions you have asked us about business types, what to do if your business isn’t on the essential list, and how we will manage the guidelines of the Governor’s Executive Order.

We’re in this together, Plano.

Governor’s Executive Order: tinyurl.com/u9nw6l5

Daily Business Bulletin – April 1, 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.

April 1, 2020

Update from the Small Business Administration  
Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if previous applications were declined or are still pending.

Apply now: sba.gov/disaster
Learn more: sba.gov/coronavirus

For additional questions:
Call: 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Email: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

Daily Business Bulletin – March 31, 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 31, 2020

The U.S. Senate has shared a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

Click here to learn more. 

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Governor Abbott just issued a new executive order extending social distancing guidelines through April 30, the closure of schools through May 4, and defining essential services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2020/03/31/texas-gov-greg-abbott-extends-social-distancing-measures-through-april-30-closes-schools-until-may-4/

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Texas Education Agency Coronavirus Guidance 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. If you or your employees are looking for updates on Texas schools click here.

 

Daily Business Bulletin – March 30, 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 30, 2020

President Donald Trump extended the federal guidelines for social distancing and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people through April 30th.

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A federal stimulus package, called The CARES Act, was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27th.  The $2 trillion economic stimulus package was the largest relief package in history and includes:

  • Direct payments of up to $1200 to individuals under certain income thresholds and $500 for each child under 18;
  • Extended unemployment insurance funds in the amount of $250 billion to offer unemployed workers an additional $600 per week for four months;
  • Allows employers to delay the payment of their portion of 2020 payroll taxes;
  • Waives the 10% withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 from retirement funds for coronavirus-related purposes;
  • Increased the 401(k) loan limit from $50,000 to $100,000;
  • $350 billion for small businesses to prevent layoffs and closures while workers have to stay home.  Companies with 500 employees or fewer that maintain their payroll during the coronavirus can receive up to 8 weeks of cashflow assistance;
  • $500 billion for large corporations to provide loans, loan guarantees and other investments.  Airlines are set to receive $50 billion.
  • $100 billion for hospitals and healthcare, and $40 billion for personal and protective equipment for healthcare workers, testing supplies, accelerated Medicare payments and supporting the CDC.
  • All testing and potential vaccines for COVID-19 will be covered at no cost to patients.

Looking for guidance on Coronavirus Emergency Loan? Click here for a review from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued new travel restrictions into Texas, requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone flying to our state from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington or New Orleans, as well as those driving from Louisiana.  Additionally, Governor Abbott announced the state’s first ad hoc health care facility to be constructed at the Dallas Convention Center.  The makeshift hospital will have the capacity for 250 beds with the potential to expand to more than 1,000.

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Judge Chris Hill ordered Collin County residents to stay home except for essential activities, including continuing to work.  Judge Hill declared that all Collin County businesses are essential and may remain open so long as they continue to practice social distancing guidelines and the bans enacted by the State, including the closing of bars and restaurants.

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hagar told lawmakers that the general revenue for the state budget and the Rainy Day Fund balance will be drastically lower – possibly by billions of dollars.

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Small business loans are available through the SBA, but officials urge businesses to apply sooner rather than later.

Click here to apply now.

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Upcoming Plano City Council Meeting
How to Speak at the Council Meetings via Videoconference:

This evening’s Plano City Council meeting will be by videoconference. The Council Meeting regular session begins at 7 p.m. It is preceded at 5 p.m. by the Executive Session, which is followed by the Preliminary Open Meeting. Review the agenda on the city council agenda webpage: share.plano.gov/CCAgendas.

To speak at the Council Meeting, registration is required at share.plano.gov/March30Meeting.

Comments will be received via broadcast by webinar. Please register ONLY if you wish to address the Council. Emails may also be submitted to councilcomments@plano.gov by 5 p.m. today. Watch the City Council meeting live on the City of Plano’s Facebook page or planotv.org.

Plano Area Restaurant & Retail List

 

Help support our local restaurants, eateries, and retail businesses by continuing to patronize them while adhering to social distancing protocols. Below is a list of local restaurants and retailers that are offering opportunities for you to give them your business. Take a look, place an order, and repeat!

Don’t see your restaurant or retail business listed?
Restaurants: CLICK HERE
to submit your information.
Retail Businesses: CLICK HERE to submit your information.

Restaurants 

Apple Spice Plano
1100 Jupiter Road, Suite 190
Plano, TX 75074
(469) 209-0229
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: No
Details & Special Offers:
Individually packaged meals, including breakfast, lunches and dinners.

Dillas Quesadillas
2008 Midway Rd.
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 473-4601
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service; Drive Thru
Alcohol: No
Details & Special Offers:
Meal Deal $40 – 2 mega dillas, bag of chips, hatch queso, gallon of beverage. Visit order.dillas.com to order curbside, take out and delivery.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
7250 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 110
The Legacy Tower
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 543-2141
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Curbside Pickup
Alcohol: Yes – Bottled Wine
Details & Special Offers: Steak and Lobster Three-Course Menu ($55), Tomahawk Tuesday ($125), $40 off $100

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
5908 Headquarters Dr., Suite K150
Plano, TX 75024
(469) 606-1000
Ordering Options:
Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup
Alcohol: Yes – 50% off South American bottles of wine, 25% off the rest, and $30 for our Brazilian rum to make caipirinhas, we will provide you with limes and the recipe!
Details & Special Offers: We have shareable small plates, churrasco combinations for individual meals or family packs, and we also sell raw-ready to grill at home meats! We miss you all and appreciate your support during this time! Let us know you’re from the Plano Chamber when you place an order!

Ida Claire
5001 Beltline Road
Dallas, TX 75254
(214) 377-8227
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: Yes
Details & Special Offers: Our local Ida Claire restaurant is offering “buy a $100 gift card, receive a $100 gift card on us!” We are also offering amazing Quarantine Kits to help satisfy your grocery needs from basic essentials like milk, eggs and toilet paper, to cooked family-style dinners and ready-to-cook dinners with fun recipes. Don’t forget about our ½ price wine, beer and drink kits! Just because you are home doesn’t mean you can’t have happy hour- we’re just doing it with social distance. Please follow us on social media to see our quarantine kit of the day and check out the gift card page! Thank you for your support during this trying time. Connect with Ida Claire on Facebook or Instagram for their latest offers.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
6001 W Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 781-0718
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: Yes
Details & Special Offers: Facebook Coupons, Website Coupons. Pasta Pairs, Curbside Delivery, and $10.00 off of $30.00 coupons available.

McAlister’s Deli – East Plano
701 North Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074
(469) 467-6400
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service; Catering and Delivery Available
Alcohol: No
Details & Special Offers: 1. Meal Bundles that feed 4 and Build Your Own Sandwich Kit all come with a gallon of tea or lemonade.
2. Use the promocode “THANKS” on your catering online order of $75 or more and recieve a FREE Gallon of Sweet Tea!

McAlister’s Deli – Plano Preston
8245 Preston Rd.
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 494-4500
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service; Catering and Delivery Available
Alcohol: No
Details & Special Offers: 1. Currently offering Meal Bundles for families of 4 and Build Your Own Sandwich Kit, all come with a gallon of Tea or Lemonade!
2.Use the promocode “THANKS” on all online catering orders for a FREE Gallon of Sweet Tea – $75.00 minimum order required.

Mexican Sugar
7501 Lone Star Drive, Unit B150
Plano, TX, 75024
(972) 943-0984
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service; Gift Card Initiatives
Alcohol: Yes – Our Margarita Kits are amazing!
Details & Special Offers: Our local Mexican Sugar restaurant is offering “buy a $100 gift card, receive a $100 gift card on us!” We are also offering amazing Quarantine (Cuarentena) Kits to help satisfy your grocery needs from basic essentials like milk, eggs and toilet paper, to cooked family-style dinners and ready-to-cook dinners with fun recipes. Don’t forget about our ½ price wine, beer and drink kits! Just because you are home doesn’t mean you can’t have happy hour- we’re just doing it with social distance. Please follow us on social media to see our quarantine kit of the day and check out the gift card page! Thank you for your support during this trying time. Connect with Mexican Sugar on Facebook or Instagram for their latest offers.

The Original Pancake House
2301 N. Central Expwy., Suite 156
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 423-2889
Ordering Options: Carry Out
Alcohol: No
Details & Special Offers: Breakfast and lunch. We will be giving a complimentary orange juice with each to go order while supplies last.

Seasons52 Plano
7300 Lone Star Dr.
Plano TX 75024
(972) 312-8852
Ordering Options: Delivery; Curbside Pickup
Alcohol: Yes
Details & Special Offers: 20% off order when sign up for newsletter. Order online at www.seasons52.com/takeout.

Shipley Do-Nuts Plano
1881 N. Central Expy., Ste. 200
Plano, TX 75075
(469) 298-0400
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: No

Sixty Vines
3701 Dallas Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093
(469) 620-8463
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: Yes – Wine is 50% off!
Details & Special Offers: Our local Sixty Vines restaurant is offering “buy a $100 gift card, receive a $100 gift card on us!” We are also offering amazing Quarantine Kits to help satisfy your grocery needs from basic essentials like milk, eggs and toilet paper, to cooked family-style dinners and ready-to-cook dinners with fun recipes. Don’t forget about our ½ price wine, beer and drink kits! Just because you are home doesn’t mean you can’t have happy hour- we’re just doing it with social distance. Please follow us on social media to see our quarantine kit of the day and check out the gift card page! Thank you for your support during this trying time. Connect with Sixty Vines on Facebook or Instagram for their latest offers.

Taste of Thai Plano
3205 Alma Drive #401
Plano, TX 75075
(469) 786-0202
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: Yes
Details & Special Offers: Full menu available. Your support is appreciated!

Whiskey Cake
3601 Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX, 75093
(972) 993-2253
Ordering Options: Carry Out; Delivery; Curbside Pickup; App Delivery Service
Alcohol: Yes
Details & Special Offers: Our local Whiskey Cake restaurant is offering amazing Quarantine Kits to help satisfy your grocery needs from basic essentials like milk, eggs and toilet paper, to cooked family-style dinners and ready-to-cook dinners with fun recipes. Don’t forget about our ½ price wine, beer and drink kits! Just because you are home doesn’t mean you can’t have happy hour- we’re just doing it with social distance. Please follow us on social media to see our quarantine kit of the day and check out the gift card page! Thank you for your support during this trying time. Connect with Whiskey Cake on Facebook or Instagram for their latest offers.

 

Retail Businesses

Eden Lifestyle Boutique
1900 Preston Rd, Suite 180
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 382-7765
Details & Special Offers: We carry Women’s clothing, home, and gift, plus a cute baby section. We are closed in store but offer delivery within 5 miles of our store, as well as shipping thru our website. Visit www.facebook.com/Edenlifestyleboutique for the latest details.

Vari
1221 S. Belt Line Rd., #500
Coppell, TX 75019
(469) 258-0411
Details & Special Offers: For a limited time, we’re offering 10% Off everything you need to create the perfect work from home setup. Just shop our full collection of sit-stand converters, standing desks, and accessories and use the code WFH2020 to get your savings at checkout.

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/