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‘It’s like we’re all going back to normal’: May 1 reopening draws customer support for McKinney businesses

If the blue skies and light breeze May 1 were not enough to beckon people outdoors, the opening of restaurants and shops might have done the trick.


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New internet sales tax rules take effect in Texas

On Oct. 1, two new sets of rules regarding sales tax collection in Texas took effect as a result of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision, South Dakota vs. Wayfair.


McKinney City Council to consider second round of 'McKinney Strong' COVID-19 business grants

At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.



Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.


Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.


Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.


North Texas Food Bank says new donation will provide 300,000 meals for residents in need

The North Texas Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from online retailer Amazon as the nonprofit continues to provide meals for residents in need.



Sales tax revenue sees year-over-year decline in McKinney

McKinney is among hundreds of Texas cities that experienced a year-over-year monthly decline in sales tax payments during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, according to state data.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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.


ROUNDUP: The most popular DFW-area stories from this past week

Here are five recent updates from the metroplex, on businesses starting back up, people out of work and more.


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.


Nearly 9,000 McKinney residents file for unemployment in one-month period

Nearly 9,000 residents within the four McKinney ZIP codes covered by Community Impact Newspaper filed for unemployment insurance between March 18-April 18, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.


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.



New website from McKinney chamber to help local businesses navigate reopening

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce has partnered with marketing agency Centipede Digital to launch a website for helping businesses reopen, the organization announced May 1.


McKinney restaurants respond to May 1 Texas reopening

McKinney restaurants are readying for what could be a busy day May 1, employees said.


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.


The Celt in McKinney plans ‘Save Our Square’ rally

A“Save Our Square” rally organized by The Celt Irish Pub owner Stan Penn will be held April 24 to help raise awareness to businesses in the McKinney square.



‘The coronavirus is delaying the party, but love is not going anywhere’: McKinney wedding industry takes a hit

McKinney wedding venue owner Jennifer Klassen said the wedding industry has been hit especially hard during the coronavirus outbreak, mostly when orders came down from state and local governments the week of March 16, which reduced gatherings to 250 people, then to 50 and, ultimately, to 10.


Chambers of commerce, associations among 'most stressed' industries, North Texas business leaders say

At their core, area chambers of commerce provide leadership and support to local business owners, according to a letter sent by Lisa Hermes, McKinney Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.