Cedar Park - Leander

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Residential work sites across Austin to pause work April 16 to review coronavirus safety protocols

A nationwide effort seeks to briefly pause work sites and use the time to educate developers and workers on coronavirus safety education.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.


By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.



Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.


More Texans have filed for unemployment in past three weeks than in all of 2019

For the second week in a row, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to federal data.


With Texas Workforce Commission overwhelmed by surging unemployment claims, Central Texas residents try to hang on

The Texas Workforce Commission received 1.7 million calls from individuals seeking assistance with unemployment benefits in a 24-hour period on March 26.


Survey finds Texas brewers losing more than 70% of revenue because of coronavirus

Brewers across the state are renewing calls for Gov. Greg Abbott to grant temporary waivers for shipping, delivery and tax relief.



Has your Austin-area small business been affected by the coronavirus? Here are resources you can access.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a short-term loan program intended to help cover payroll and a separate, long-term loan program intended to help business owners stay afloat.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.


Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.


UPDATE: Abbott executive order deems residential construction as an "essential service" across the state

If Austin's residential construction ban holds, housing inventory may disappear within a few short months.



Cedar Park, Leander chambers of commerce providing business updates, online specials

The Cedar Park and Leander chambers of commerce have online directories with updated information on what services and specials their members are providing.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.


LIVE UPDATES: Learn what Cedar Park-Leander businesses and restaurants are doing to stay open during coronavirus concerns

Follow the latest coronavirus-related business news in Cedar Park and Leander.


Central Health will explore minimum wage bumps for its employees

The health care district is considering increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour.



Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.


Williamson County sees one of the largest year-over-year employment increases in the U.S.

Williamson County continues to see its unemployment rate decline.