How to apply for Small Business Loans from the SBA due to COVID-19

The HEB Chamber previously sent out detailed information about the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and the different options to get financial help to keep your employees and cover some of your business expenses during this challenging time. Senator John Cornyn tells us that we should get more information and dates when programs are available towards the end of this week.   

The SBA held a virtual meeting to go over the different programs in the CARES Act that can provide financial assistance for businesses on Thursday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m. for several area chambers of commerce.    The recording has been uploaded to YouTube and the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation are included in the link below.

What you and your business need to know about COVID-19

Article updated: 04-06-2020

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to increase as a global and local concern. Although we do not know of any active cases in our area, the HEB Chamber of Commerce will continue to monitor the situation. All HEB Chamber events have been canceled through April 30. The Chamber staff will be answering phones and emails.

In addition, we want to offer you information and resources in order that you and your company can continue to operate as efficiently and as safely as possible.

Our COVID-19 LINKS page includes key resources we believe you will find useful.

Many of our members are going to be hard hit through this crisis and as a community, we will look to help each other as much as possible. There has been a lot of political talk about help to come for businesses affected by the economic shutdown. While that situation continues to develop, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has a Disaster Assistance Program in place where the SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Here is a link to the program!

For information on COVID-19, you can access Texas Health’s website or you can call the Texas Health Coronavirus Hotline at 682-236-7601 to speak with a nurse 24/7.

We’re working to provide accurate and up-to-date materials to our members and will continue to update our website with additional resources.

Please let us know how the HEB Chamber of Commerce can be a resource to you and your business.

Wash your hands – don’t touch your face – stay home if you are sick!

10 Questions, 10 Minutes, Every 10 Years . . .

Every 10 years, the U. S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, counts every person living in the United States, no matter what their citizenship status.  The count is mandated by the U. S. Constitution.  The answers provided by households are used to produce statistics about states, counties, cities and census tracts.  The Census Bureau is required by law to keep individual information confidential and not share it with any other government agency. 

Between March 12 and 20, every home will receive a postcard explaining how to participate in the 2020 Census.  The household can respond online, by phone or by mail.   If a household does not receive a postcard, they can go online to my2020census.gov to complete the Census.  Households who have not responded by April 30 will be visited by a Census employer.  Census employees will have identification and the interviewer can be verified by calling 972/510-1800.  You will not receive an email to ask for your Census information, nor will you be asked for your social security number, bank information, citizenship, passwords or for monetary donations.

More people counted in our community means more money can be allotted for programs and projects in our community.  Census data affects more than $675 billion of funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, career, and technical education, business and industry loans, homeland security grants, Head Start, grants for mental health services, SNAP, highway construction, Community Development Block Grants, crime victim’s assistance and more.  In Texas, a one-percent undercount could cost our state $300 million annually in federal funding.  Businesses rely on Census data for market research, economic development and where to expand locations.  Additionally, the Census is used for apportionment – deciding how many representatives an area/state has in the U. S. Congress and redrawing legislative districts and voting precincts.

Please share this information with your friends, associates, and employees.  A complete count is an important initiative for us all!  For more information go to 2020Census.gov.   #CountMeInHEB

Hire Santa: Real Santa Claus for Hire

Hire Santa founder Mitch Allen found so much joy in playing Santa for friends and area businesses that he decided to turn it into a real enterprise, so he founded Hire Santa. He has engaged these men as traditional holiday and Christmas entertainers who are serious about their appearance and presentation.

Mitch, who has a slim physique and, therefore, used extensive padding to fill out his Santa suit, now offers Santa services with professional Santas all across America’s major cities.

His clients include malls and retailers who need well-groomed and professionally behaving Santas, Mrs. Santas and elves throughout the Christmas season, so the bulk of his work falls within a six-week period. Mitch also engages his Santa teams for holiday parties at businesses inside homes as well as birthday parties.

Hire Santa offers a broad selection of realistic Santa Claus performers that bring joy and entertainment to everyone in attendance, from children to adults.

Mitch appeared as an elf and was accompanied by an entourage of 20 Santa performers, Mrs. Claus and additional elves on the December 2, 2018 edition of Shark Tank. He pitched a 10% ownership stake for $200,000 to the Sharks: Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin (Mr. Wonderful) O’Leary, Lori Grenier and Daymond John.

At the end of the show, three of the sharks entered into a feeding frenzy to be on Santa’s good list, which resulted in Barbara Corcoran prevailing.

Please look forward to seeing Mitch tell his story about Hire Santa and the story behind the scenes of Shark Tank at the HEB Chamber luncheon on Thursday, October 10, at Texas Star Conference Center in Euless.

For reservations, call the Chamber office at 817-283-1521. Mitch will put you into the Christmas holiday spirit two months early!

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Backs North Texas Students with Backpack Drive

Drop-offs available at all 21 DFW Soulman’s locations

July 23, 2019 (DALLAS) – With the rise in North Texas school districts that have a high volume of students in need, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is teaming up with local Dallas radio station, 94.9 KLTY, to coordinate donations of backpacks and school supplies at all of their 21 North Texas locations beginning on July 22, 2019.

“We are strongly committed to the communities we serve. In the spirit of back-to-school and access to a great education for each and every child, we are opening our doors to anyone who wants to gather new school supplies, fill as many backpacks as they can and bring them to any of our collection boxes. Our goal is to get as many supplies and backpacks to students in time for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year,” says Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Director of Marketing, Baylea Wood.

Soulman’s and 94.9 KLTY will be hosting a Kick-Off Event on August 3, 2019 at the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additionally, there will be four live remote broadcasts in August at the Soulman’s Bar-B-Que locations in Southlake (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 5), Wylie (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 6),  Mansfield (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 7) and Royse City (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 9).

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is honored to support education in North Texas through numerous initiatives. Throughout the year, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que hosts events that benefit their neighboring schools. Coupled with fundraising for booster clubs, auction donations, team meals and Spirit Nights, Soulman’s is a proud sponsor of education in North Texas.

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 About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

For more than 40 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to their original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018). Soulman’s currently owns and operates 21 North and East Texas locations in Addison, Allen, Cedar Hill, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Hurst- Grapevine Highway, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse City, Southlake, Sulphur Springs, Terrell, Van and Wylie. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

 

Media Contact:
Dana Cobb; 972-955-9747
pr@soulmans.com

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Be in The Guide in 2020!

The Guide is the HEB Chamber’s award-winning annual membership directory. But that’s just the start.

The 2020 Guide also is the definitive resource for the Hurst Euless Bedford area, used by thousands of businesses, residents and those who are considering relocation. Consider:

5,000 copies are printed and distributed to visitors, residents and area businesses, including realtors, medical centers, banks, and every Chamber member business.

The online edition expands our reach across the web and features interactive ads that allow viewers to click directly to your website.

The Guide celebrates all the great things about our community, and member businesses are listed by products and services. Ad design services are available for a flat rate of $50.

Simply put, The Guide is your critical connection to the community, the businesses, and the opportunities. Advertise in the publication where people look first, so you can be FOUND first.

To learn more about advertising opportunities, please call Paola Mariscal at 817-283-1521. Or complete this form and send it to paola@heb.org.

The Guide 2020 – Ad Rates

US Census Bureau Begins Recruiting Efforts

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

Jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.

Candidates must complete an online job application. The application includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.

More details are included in the linked documents below which are available in Spanish and English:

Join the Census

Become a Census Worker

Become an Address Canvasser