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5:28 PM May 20, 2020 CDT

State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.


Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.


DATA: Austin not hit as hard by sales tax revenue dip compared to other Texas cities

The city of Austin’s slowdown of generated sales tax revenue in March was less drastic than figures collected across the state.



South Austin and Dripping Springs residents filed 15,629 unemployment claims in four weeks

From March 18 through April 18, 4.9% of the 318,543 residents in South Austin and Dripping Springs filed unemployment claims.


Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,


43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


Dine-in or takeout? See what these 33 Southwest Austin restaurants are planning to offer May 1

Here are some the South Austin restaurants planning to reopen dining rooms May 1.



Most Austin brewpubs will not open May 1 despite green light from governor

Only a few brewpubs in and around Austin have announced plans to open their doors to customers May 1, even as revenue continues to dwindle statewide.


With state report lacking key protective provisions, worker groups wary of governor’s plans to reopen Texas

The state's plan to reopen the economy, worker protection groups contended, does not contain appropriate safety measures for employees returning to the workplace.


While South Austin businesses prepare to reopen May 1, concerns remain for many

Many South Austin businesses are preparing to open May 1 after new health guidelines and relaxed operating restrictions were approved by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this week.


Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.



Austin City Council pulls $1.5 million from emergency reserves to buoy local live music industry

City leaders said they hope to begin distributing the funds by the end of April.


Three deaths, 49 new coronavirus cases reported in Travis County on April 23

The total number of cases in Travis County has reached 1,312.


Q&A: New Austin Chamber CEO Laura Huffman says community safety, opening the economy do not have to be 'forced trade-off'

Huffman, an Austin native and a former assistant city manager, officially stepped into her new role April 20.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.



Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.



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.