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Canton EDC Economic Assistance Program for Small Businesses

Local small businesses and the creative entrepreneurs who own and operate them help form Canton’s unique identity. They provide essential jobs, products and services that keep the local economic engine running.

Because imposed restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have put many of our local small businesses in jeopardy, the Canton Economic Development Corporation (Canton EDC) and the City of Canton have developed an Economic Assistance Program to help those significantly impacted by closures and limited operations.

Amount Funded:
$

Deadline to apply is July 24, 2020.

3 Simple steps to apply:

1.) Read the program overview and the performance agreement by clicking the following buttons.

2.) Have the following documents ready.

  • A lease, rent receipt or landlord's statement describing rental rate, along with signed statement from landlord describing discounts offered due to COVID-19; or lenders' mortgage statement and information on deferrals offered.
  • Business utility bills for recent 3 months or April, May, June 2019
  • A completed w-9 - A blank w-9 can be found here.

3.) Complete the following application:

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For assistance with application please feel free to reach out.

(903) 567-1851
jseymore@cantontex.com

8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday

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Effective June 26, 2020

  • Bars & Bar Patrons
    (All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.)

US Chamber Small Business Loans

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.  This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative.

The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community (you can search eligibility by zip code here).

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT.  To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit savesmallbusiness.com.

Main Street Business Lending Program

10-Point Small-Business COVID-19 Survival Guide

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC provides free advice and services to small businesses.  For additional help navigating relief options, call your regional office in Athens at (903) 675-7403 or visit their website at www.sbdctvcc.org.

PPP & EIDL Overview

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Small Business Association Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Business owners are especially urged to complete the Economic Injury Worksheet ASAP so you can begin tracking your expenses and losses during the pandemic.

Texas Workforce Commission / Unemployment

Recommended Call and Access Times

  • Area codes beginning with 9 should call Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 8:00 a.m. and noon.
  • Area codes beginning with 3, 4, 5, or 6 should call Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Area codes beginning with 7 or 8 should call Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and noon.
  • Area codes beginning with 2 should call Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Business & Employer Recommendations from the CDC

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as additional information becomes available.

Latest Updates and Information on COVID-19

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as additional information becomes available.

Support Local Businesses

The Canton Visitors Bureau has created a new weblink www.CantonTxEats.com for local restaurants to share their hours of operation and curbside and delivery options.  This will continue in operation even after the pandemic as a local restaurant guide.  If you own or manage a restaurant, please add your information to the site.

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