Working to Keep People Safe & Informed
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Business Tips from the Better Business Bureau
Better Business Bureau reminds everyone to remain vigilant to avoid scams related to the virus, use necessary, common-sense precautions when traveling, and find reliable sources to stay informed about what to do as the virus spreads. LEARN MORE.
Small Business Administration Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus
Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. LEARN MORE.
Here are 5 steps you can take today:
1. Keep yourself safe and informed.
Stay up to date by following credible, official sources like the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TxDEM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and your local government health department so you can respond quickly to changes that could affect you or your customers.
For individuals who are concerned about the potential need for testing based on signs and symptoms or the travel guidelines, call your primary care physician office for a phone screening, which will help determine whether you are a potential candidate for testing.
Follow TxDEM on Facebook or Website
Follow CDC on Facebook or Website
Follow WHO on Facebook or Website
Follow Medical City Weatherford on Facebook or Website
Medical City Virtual Care has been introduced as a convenient screening option for people who are concerned that they may be at risk for COVID-19. The COVID-19 screening visit if free of charge at
2. Stay in touch with your customers.
Proactively share important information with your customers using email, your website, Facebook page, Instagram Business Profile, or however you typically connect. Remember that you can pin important posts to the top of your Facebook page for quick viewing. You might include information about the measures you’re taking to make your premises or products safe, or how you will handle customer inquiries if there are expected shipping delays.
3. Try hosting online events.
In case you need to postpone or cancel any planned events as a result of the outbreak, try hosting a webinar or organize live sessions on social channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.
4. Prepare a customer service plan.
In order to be responsive and transparent with your customers during this challenging moment, prepare for incoming questions and requests. Consider drafting templated responses for your emails or set up instant-reply messages with information you expect your customers will be looking for. Connect with your customers for free in real time using Instagram Direct Messages , Messenger or setting up a WhatsApp Business profile .
5. Provide a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Prepare a list of responses for questions your customers are likely to ask, and provide as much detail and reassurance as possible in your answers. Here is an example of what an FAQ could look like:
Q: Can I cancel my order (travel tickets / educational programs / gym memberships)?
A: Of course we will cancel your order / reschedule or cancel your trip / pause your membership on request. Once your order is cancelled, the spend amount from your original purchase will be refunded to your account. We look forward to doing business with you again soon.
SBA Emergency Preparedness Guide
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Combating the Coronavirus, US Chamber of Commerce
OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
Getting Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (PDF)
Small Business Resilience Toolkit (PDF)
Small Business Resilience Checklist (PDF)
Texas Health & Human Services COVID-19 website
Service Corps of Retired Executives
eCommerce for smaller businesses
COVID-19 Information for Travel
Guidance for Childcare & K-12 Schools
Guidance for Community- & Faith-Based Organizations
Guidance for Community Events & Mass Gatherings
John Hopkins COVID-19 Global Case Count Map
EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Yelp-upgraded services for free
List of National Banks offering relief
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