It's hard to say who's been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but small businesses are definitely right up there at the top of the list.
Small businesses are the bread and butter of our economy, keeping lots of people employed, but often on margins too tight to withstand a calamity as big as the coronavirus.
The federal government is currently working on a $2 trillion stimulus package that includes proposals to help small businesses such as forgiveable loans, payroll tax credits, and expansions in unemployment insurance.
On a local level, the city of Dallas has scheduled a "TeleTown Hall" meeting for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, which will be held on March 26 at 6 pm.
According to a release, during this TeleTown Hall, Dallas City Council members and City staff will provide updates on resources available to small and local businesses.
Participants can register before the call by clicking on the following link: bitly.com/businessresourcemeeting.
Residents can also listen in live on the call by dialing 1-888-400-1932 (English) or 1-888-400-9342 (Spanish). It's an opportunity to spend your lockdown learning new things about city government.
This is not an official meeting of the city's Ad Hoc Committee on COVID- 19 Economic Recovery and Assistance. No official action will be taken.
Residents are encouraged to visit dallasecodev.org/562/COVID-19-Info-for-Small-Businesses to access current resources regarding the ongoing efforts at the City of Dallas to assist local and small businesses with COVID-19 recovery.