COVID-19 Resource Guide

The DeSoto EDC is working closely with our local, state and federal partners to learn of resources available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please check this page regularly to stay up-to-date on updates and resources for local businesses.


Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources – Information for employers/workers

US Chamber of Commerce 5 Ways to Retain Your Customers During Coronavirus – Tips to retain customers for your business

US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Google Small Business Tips for Surviving COVID-19

US Senate Committee on Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

US Environmental Protection Agency – Approved disinfectants for COVID-19

Texas Department of State Health Services Resources & Updates

Texas Workforce Commission Shared Work Program – Provides partial funding for hourly employees whose hours have been cut due to a slowdown in business

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business FAQs on COVID-19

Internal Revenue Service Tax Filing FAQs (moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020) 

US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act Family & Paid Sick Leave FAQs


Texas Workforce Commission – Disaster Unemployment Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance & Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Up to $2 million in working capital at very low interest rates to cover operations until normal business resumes:
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
State of Texas Program Guidance
Texas Division of Emergency Management

Small Business Administration Express Bridge Loans – Provides up to $25,000 in advanced supplemental funds for businesses applying for SBA Economy Injury Disaster Loans

Small Business Paycheck Protection & Loan Forgiveness – Provides up to $10 million in assistance to small businesses and 501(c)3 nonprofits that is partially forgivable. This includes sole-proprietors, independent contractors and other self-employed individuals. Financing is available for employee wages up to $100,000 and can cover additional expenses, such as rent, utilities, etc. expended between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Can be combined with an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan as long as they go toward separate expenses:
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
US Chamber of Commerce SBA Loan Program Information

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – $100 million in available funding and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses

Texas Restaurant Association Restaurant Relief Fund – Provides a grant up to $5,000 to support the needs of independent restaurants 

Southern Smoke Restaurant Employee Emergency Relief Program – Provides charitable funds to assist those employed and/or who own restaurants/bars or are restaurant suppliers

Texas Woman’s University AssistHer Relief Grant – $1,000,000 in available funding for 100 awards ($10,000 each) to Texas women-owned businesses


Office of Gov. Abbott Executive Order on Restaurants, Bars, Gyms & Senior Living Facilities

Office of Gov. Abbott Regulation Waiver for Hospitality Industry to Deliver Alcoholic Beverages

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles – Temporary trucking deregulation:
Texas DMV
Texas Governor’s Office

Office of Gov. Abbott Removes Licensing Barriers for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Office of Gov. Abbott Waives Licensing Regulations for Pharmacists & Technicians


Dallas County COVID-19 Webpage and Information

Dallas Regional Chamber Updates

City of DeSoto COVID Webpage

City of DeSoto Police Department Social Media Updates 

DeSoto ISD Updates

DeSoto ISD Distance Learning Information

Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Social Media Updates

Texas Department of Agriculture Comprehensive Resource Guide

United States Federal Government Coronavirus Website

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