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Ten Organizations Collaborate to Promote Local, Free Mental Health Services

Oct 9, 2020

Free COVID-19 Mental Health Support Available through Heart of Texas MHMR Ten local organizations are partnering with Heart of Texas MHMR to promote free, confidential mental health services available to all Central Texans. Mental health needs have risen with COVID-19 and these organizations want community members to know there is help available at no cost…

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All In for Downtown Waco Biz Bucks Program Out Now

Oct 1, 2020

A new voucher program, Biz Bucks, is available now as part of the “All in for Downtown Waco” campaign put in place to help support local Waco businesses. The Biz Bucks program aims to boost shopping in historic areas around Waco and was created to help local small businesses who are suffering from the economic…

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COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Jun 4, 2020

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010) and Governor Abbott released updated guidance in continuing to open up the Texas economy. Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act(H.R. 7010) While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a much-needed relief to small businesses, there were a number of areas of…

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Action Alert: Be Ready to Apply for Round 2 of the Paycheck Protection Program!

Apr 23, 2020

Congress is expected to pass an additional $484 billion, with a major portion to be allocated to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorization could come as soon as today. The legislation includes: $321 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $60 billion of which is set aside for “underbanked businesses” $60 billion for…

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COVID-19: Emergency Relief for Business

Mar 27, 2020

After days of negotiating, the Senate and the House have just passed the third Coronavirus emergency spending package, known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), passed as the amended H.R. 748. During this time of national crisis, the $2 trillion bill includes $367 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses;…

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Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Mar 24, 2020

As part of the federal response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Congress passed and the president signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA; also known as Phase Two Stimulus). The law was signed on March 18 and will take effect on April 1, 2020. A critical provision of the FFCRA is an expansion of…

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COVID-19 Update: Reduction of Employee Hours

Mar 23, 2020

Last week, the Texas Workforce Commission developed and approved a Shared Work program. The Shared Work program provides an alternative to full layoffs during COVID-19 related reduced hours, allowing employers instead to reduce hours and consequently supplement employees’ lost wages with partial unemployment benefits. To be eligible to submit a Shared Work plan, employers must…

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COVID-19 Small Business Loan Resources

Mar 19, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to Matt Meadors, President & CEO of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Office of Governor Greg Abbott has requested an emergency declaration from the…

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BREAKING NEWS: Emergency Federal Legislation Updates

Mar 18, 2020

Our members are our first priority. At the Chamber, a vital part of our mission is to provide our community with important information about legislation in this rapidly changing time. As we all navigate these rapidly evolving circumstances, the federal and state governments are moving quickly to bring legislative supports to help workers, businesses, and…

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An update from your Chamber regarding COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020

To Our Valued Chamber Members and Community Friends, The health and wellness of our members, employees and community is a top priority at the Greater Waco Chamber. In accordance with the City of Waco and McLennan County Public Health District guidelines on health and safety, and in an abundance of caution and care, a number…

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