The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and our Board of Directors take the health and safety of our community very seriously. We are actively monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and are in communication with local authorities and our local media.
Maintaining the health of our economy is also crucial during this time. Please continue to shop local when you can and enjoy our restaurants and retailers.
The Chamber continues to act as a hub of resources and information for businesses and community members. If you need business assistance or are seeking additional resources, please contact the Chamber at (979) 260-5200. Please follow here or on social media, @bcschamber, to stay up-to-date on all Chamber programs and events.
You may have seen in local news, the Chamber of Commerce has been assisting Brazos County, the City of Bryan and City of College Station with Operation Restart. Operation Restart will provide businesses with guidelines, best practices, and resources needed to quickly, effectively, and most importantly, safely, “restart” their businesses based on Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Initiative.
Leadership of Operation Restart includes representatives from Brazos County, the City of Bryan, the City of College Station, and The Brazos County Health District, along with members of the private sector.
The Chamber of Commerce assisted the Operation Restart Committee with quickly forming community-wide industry leaders representing major local business sectors. These local business owners were asked to review Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Phase 1 Initiative and provide additional best practices they felt were beneficial to build consumer and employee confidence and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their businesses and our community.
These sets of guidelines are now available for owners, businesses, and each industry. Businesses are encouraged to view the guidelines and take the Recovery Ready Pledge--acknowledging that your business is following not only the Governor's recommended minimum safety practices, but also the industry-specific initiatives provided by local business leaders.
Businesses who review the guidelines, sign the "Recovery Ready" Pledge, and put these standards into practice will receive an Operation Restart "Recovery Ready" promotional kit. The kit includes ready-to-use logos, door stickers, placards and yard signs (sponsored by Brazos County, the City of Bryan, the City of College Station, Twinz Co. Marketing and Newman Printing) to display at your business and let your customers know their safety is your number one concern! The Chamber of Commerce, along with other partners and local media, will also release a full media campaign to promote and share the meaning of the "Recovery Ready" initiative.
Are you ready to become "Recovery Ready"?
Governor Abbott's Open Texas Checklists
Governor Abbott's Executive Orders
- On Tuesday, May 5th Governor Abbott announced that hair salons, nail salons, and spas can re-open on Friday, May 8th. Gyms, fitness centers, manufacturers, and office-based employers can reopen at 25% capacity on Monday, May 18th. Child care centers, youth clubs and youth sports may open on Monday, May 18th. Bars may open at 25% capacity and restaurants may increase capacity to 50% effective Friday, May 22nd. For more information, click here.
- Executive Order GA-23
- Relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
- Executive Order GA-17
- Relating to the establishment of the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas.
- A team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.
- Executive Order GA-16
- Relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas during the COVID-19 disaster.
- Guidelines for Texas Retailers
- Guidelines for Texas Restaurants
- This order establishes a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer's cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact.
- Under this Executive Order, schools - including public, private, and higher education institutions - will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.
- Executive Order GA-15
- Relating to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response.
- The order loosens restrictions on surgeries. Beginning at 11:50 pm on April 21 through 11:59 pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death as determined by a patient's physician.
- Exceptions now include:
- Any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with COVID-19, or
- Any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to Texas HHSC both (1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients, and (2) that it will not request any PPE from any public source - whether federal, state, or local - for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster.
- State parks may reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19 - including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.
CARES Act Information & Resources
- COVID-19 Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide & Checklist
- Available Small Business Aid
- CARES Act Highlights
Resources from your Congressman
- COVID-19 Resources
- Sign up for Email Newsletter
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- IRS - Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know
- Texas Workforce Commission - Unemployment Benefits Services
- Big News for Rural Health Care: Some Public Hospitals Eligible for PPP Funding
City/County Resource Links
Resources for Small Businesses
- The City of College Station and the Bryan Business Council (BBC) have partnered with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments to create a Bridge Loan Program to assist small businesses that have seen a substantial reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- How to Apply
- To add your business's information to our local business info page, please fill out the form at bcschamber.org/businessinfo-form.
- Phone: (979) 260-5222
- Click HERE for the SBA’s information on small business guidance and loan resources.
- Find Your Local Lender
- CLICK HERE for TWC's resources for small business owners.
- If the employer has no choice but to permanently or temporarily lay off employees, we want to make it as simple as possible the Mass Claim program streamlines the unemployment benefits claims process for employers faced with layoffs (permanent or temporary) of 10 or more employees at one time and takes some of the burden off the employees filing.
- The Mass Claims program is now part of The Texas Workforce Commission Employer Benefits Services. To submit a new Mass Claims request, log on to Employer Benefits Services (EBS) 5 days before the scheduled layoff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, TWC has waived the requirement that you must submit your Mass Claims Request at least five days prior to the planned layoff.
- HRCI/SHRM Certificate - 2.25 credit hours
- HRPA Certificate - 2 credit hours
- Access the streamlined application HERE
Building Trust in Trying Times - Tips for Business Owners during Coronavirus Pandemic.
- With the recently released CMS waiver, we are able to turn all of our PACU bays, pre-op rooms, endo suite, etc to beds so are now able to take up to 48 patients if needed. We are looking into equipment and staffing needs as well with the additional volume. We are hoping to get some nurses from unaffected areas within Surgery Partners.
School Resource Links
- Texas A&M online classes will continue March 23 - April 28. Campus meetings and events will also be limited to 50 participants or less. Housing and dining will remain open to support students. Read the full update: tx.ag/COVID19
Utility Resource Links
- "As part of our commitment to serving and working with our customers throughout this difficult time, we have temporarily suspended natural gas disconnections"
- For more information, click here.
- BTU Continues to delay disconnects in response to COVID-19
- "Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this
unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced
due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our
Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint."
- Taxpayers will get a three-month reprieve to file their 2019 income tax returns
Only 1 Rentals - (936) 825-2444
- Only 1 Rentals has a full line of equipment ranging from temporary lighting with self contained light tower units to allow for remote work stations whether it be testing sites, or keeping your business running outside due to the recent social distancing orders not allowing us to conduct normal business within our stores. We have temporary fencing, and material handling equipment such as vertical mast forklifts and all-terrain telescopic forklifts, as well as, 20' and 40' storage containers to allow for temporary and additional storage of additional products; whether it be goods for sale, or medical equipment at the hospital. We also have portable restrooms and open top roll off dumpsters to allow for additional disposal of waste to keep your locations as sanitary as possible. All of our assets are ready to be utilized upon request. Click here for the full letter from owner, Dillon Hughes.
If your business/restaurant needs tents to set-up outside for to-go and curbside pick-up orders, please reach out to the following businesses.
- Tailgate Guys - PRE Emergency Response
- Ashley & Co. - (979) 324-3688
- Details Party Rentals
- Party Time Rentals
- Branding Iron Management is offering a FREE opportunity for branding and/or marketing for members of the B/CS Chamber of Commerce. Click HERE for more information.
- Howdy! In light of the recent outbreak and businesses all around Bryan/College Station being affected in one way or another, the management here at BPL Plasma in Bryan wanted to let you know that we are here for you and your employees! If your business has had to drastically cut hours, close down completely, or even let go of some of your employees, we want to strongly encourage you to let them know that we are still open and fully operational! We are looking for any way we can to help out those suffering around us, and it just so happens that the very nature of our business allows us a means to give the members of your staff a little bit of financial relief in these unsure times. If they are healthy and able, send them our way, our donors make $350-$500 a month, and our hope is to help as many people as possible stay on their feet through what we are all facing during this time. You can rest assured knowing that we also have strict safe-distance policies and actions in place to prevent the spread of illness. We’re here to help, and we hope that you can help us spread the word to as many people as you can!
- "After reviewing the most recent recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and State of Texas Health Department pertaining to our profession, we have established the following service restriction: All Callaway-Jones funeral, memorial, and celebration services and gatherings will be limited to immediate family, and to extended family by invite only until further notice."
- Offering electrostatic disinfectant spraying for all businesses if interested. The sprayer converts the disinfectant molecules to have a positive charge so that when it reaches any negative or neutral surface (which most surfaces are) the disinfectant will attract and cover the whole surface with a fine mist that has a quick dwell time and will not ruin electronics or any surface.
- Evolve Impact Group is offering FREE marketing services to small business owners in Bryan/College Station as we all try and navigate this new normal for our community. Our team is ready to help you with ideas as you think through your next steps. Let's work together on a plan to keep your doors open. CLICK HERE for more information!
- Offering 15% off all orders up to $1000
- "FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB) is utilizing its network of leading scientists, engineers, and production facilities in both Europe and the USA, including those located in College Station, Texas to manufacture clinical material in short order to support the global efforts to control COVID-19. FDB stands ready to support United States government efforts to respond to the manufacture of a COVID-19 vaccine."
- "As H-E-B focuses on serving Texas, shortened hours allow H-E-B Partners to work diligently overnight to fully prepare the store for customers during the day. Today, all H-E-B stores will implement temporary modified hours. Tonight (3/14) all of our stores will close at 8 pm, and starting 3/15 stores will be open from 8am-8pm. Customers will also see reduced services in our delis, bakeries and floral departments as we adapt to better serve you. We will return to our regular hours and full services as soon as we can. #SlowtheSpreadTexas. Customers can find updates on H-E-B operations at www.heb.com/newsroom.
- Click here for purchasing limitations
- Offering Port-a-Pottery kits. You pick up the pottery pieces, we provide the supplies. When you're finished painting bring the items back to the studio for glazing and firing. Call the studio and we can take payment over the phone and we'll delivery curbside.
- Adjusts store hours to give stores time to restock & clean
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