City Makes Modifications to COVID-19 Regulations for Business

City Council approved new and existing temporary regulations and activities for Southlake businesses during the October 6 City Council meeting.

The City understands that businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and has suspended enforcement of sign codes, parking, landscaping and outdoor and patio activity regulations to help businesses succeed and continue to provide a safe environment for the public.

With social distancing guidelines still in place, the City allowed businesses to post tents, trailers and trucks outside to sell merchandise and offer food pickup. Regulations to provide vaccination or testing related services by medical and health professionals outside of the normal office or clinic settings were also approved.

Ratifications of new regulations to Institutions such as schools, churches and government facilities will also go into effect to allow organizations to set up temporary structures or tents in order to conduct business or activities outdoors as long as they meet all zoning, building and fire regulations.

Gyms, fitness studios or any facility that is associated with instructional classes will also be allowed to conduct sessions outside the building as long it is on the same property as the facility.

Any tenant utilizing temporary signage regulations will need approval by the owner or property management company.

All changes will be in place until January 5, 2021.

To view the lists temporary regulations click here. For questions please contact the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services Department.

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Southlake Business Spotlight – Tastefully Yours Catering

Tastefully Yours Catering is a full service, family owned and operated catering business located here in Southlake! Serving their loyal Dallas – Fort Worth area clients since 2007, their goal is to transform your ideas of food and event catering into spectacular and memorable events, from wedding receptions, corporate & team building events, and private parties of all flavors, Tastefully Yours Catering combines delicious cuisine with impeccable service and unmatched presentation to create truly unique culinary events. Learn about them directly from owner, Lisa Huszar, and start making your culinary plans for the holidays!

Southlake Business Spotlight – October 2020

Tastefully Yours Catering is a full service, family owned and operated catering business located here in Southlake! Serving their loyal Dallas – Fort Worth area clients since 2007, their goal is to transform your ideas of food and event catering into spectacular and memorable events.Specializing in wedding receptions, corporate & team building events, and private parties of all flavors, Tastefully Yours Catering combines delicious cuisine with impeccable service and unmatched presentation to create truly unique culinary events. Learn about them directly from owner, Lisa Huszar, and start making your culinary plans for the holidays!#SelectSouthlake #BusinessSpotlight #LocalBusiness #Southlake #dinelocal #localcatering #holidaymeals

Posted by Select Southlake on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Applications open today for second round of Preserve the Fort business grants

Applications for the second round of Preserve the Fort business grants open at 3 p.m. this afternoon to help local businesses who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Almost $9 million is available to businesses through these grants, which are funded from a portion of the City of Fort Worth’s CARES Act allocation.

Thanks to the success of the first round of Preserve the Fort grants earlier this summer, the city’s Economic Development Department and United Way of Tarrant County have expanded the grant criteria to include slightly larger businesses with up to 500 employees, in addition to smaller for-profit businesses and self-employed individuals/independent contractors.

Special focus is also being given to bars and music venues that were forced to close as of June 26. These businesses are eligible for a grant up to three times their lost average monthly revenue before the COVID-19 disaster declaration of March 13. This award will be capped at $100,000. Businesses must demonstrate a financial impact due to COVID-19 that meets or exceeds the eligible grant amount to receive the full award.

Performing arts nonprofits will be eligible for a grant of up to 1.5 times their gross average monthly revenue before the COVID-19 disaster declaration occurred on March 13. This award will be capped at $100,000 and can be used to cover expenses from sales and concessions.

Lastly, nonprofit businesses are eligible for a Preserve the Fort grant that covers up to 75% of expenses incurred as part of their COVID-19 reopening efforts. The grant will reimburse nonprofits for expenses like personal protective equipment (PPE), plexiglass barriers, sanitizer stands and more.

A complete list of eligibility information and required documentation, for both businesses and nonprofits, is currently available on the Preserve the Fort webpage.

Document assistance available to business owners

As with the first round of Preserve the Fort grants, business owners must submit a variety of financial documentation with their application to verify their financial need. However, this may be the first time that many businesses have had to apply for financial assistance, and the process can be overwhelming.

To address this challenge, the City of Fort Worth is leveraging its partnerships to provide business owners with help to prepare their documentation, particularly their profit and loss statements. Spearheaded by Fort Worth Now, a team of volunteers will be on standby over the next several weeks to help answer questions about the documentation required for the application. Volunteers will even be available on weekends and after 5 p.m., to accommodate business owners with nontraditional working hours.

Business owners can schedule an appointment time that’s convenient for them, and will receive a 30-minute phone call from a volunteer at the appointed time to discuss whatever they need help with – whether it’s explaining documentation requirements, providing direction on the application itself, or assisting with the creation of profit and loss statements.

These document assistance appointments begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, and business owners can schedule their appointment online. Document assistance is also available in Spanish.

Business owners will be expected to submit up to seven documents – including a 2019 federal tax return, their profit and loss statement for 2019, their profit and loss statement for 2020 with data broken down by month, and a proof of employment Q1 2020 941 – as part of their application.

A faster and stronger recovery

“It’s critical that we continue to support our residents and businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “By supporting our small businesses, including bars and performing art nonprofits, we can all work to ensure that Fort Worth recovers faster and stronger.”

“While we had many successes with the first round of Preserve the Fort, there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development director. “In addition to our small-business owners, several of the industries for which Fort Worth is known – our bars and restaurants, our arts scene, our music venues and others – are all still struggling. This second round of funding will hopefully help offset some of the damage from the past few months.”

“United Way of Tarrant County is pleased to partner again with the City of Fort Worth on the Preserve the Fort small business grant program,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “The initial round of funding provided a much-needed lifeline to more than 800 small businesses, and yet we continue to see economic devastation, especially among small business owners, as a result of COVID-19. The distribution of the next round of funds will support even more locally owned companies in Fort Worth and help them avoid layoffs or keep from going out of business.”

Important notes

  • Businesses that have already received a Preserve the Fort grant earlier this summer are still eligible to receive another one during this second round of funding.

  • Businesses that received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan are still eligible for this grant.

  • Credit scores and existing debt will not be taken into account before the funds are awarded.

  • Businesses and nonprofits that receive Preserve the Fort grants will be expected to keep track of how their grant money is spent, and may be called upon to produce these documents in the event of a financial audit.

  • Business owners are encouraged to apply at FortWorthTexas.gov/preserve-the-fort until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and follow the city’s Economic Development Facebook page for updates.

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Southlake Business Spotlight – Sanara Yoga & Wellness

This month’s Business Spotlight is Sanara Yoga & Wellness! It is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Hear fro owner Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they’re keeping mind, body and soul well.

Southlake Business Spotlight – August 2020

Sanara Yoga & Wellness is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Sanara Yoga & Wellness is this months Southlake Business Spotlight so hear from owner, Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they're keeping mind, body and soul well!#SelectSouthlake #BusinessSpotlight #LocalBusiness #Southlake #wellness

Posted by Select Southlake on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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City prepares to launch second round of Preserve the Fort business grants

Earlier this summer, the City of Fort Worth and United Way of Tarrant County launched the Preserve the Fort small business grant program as a way to distribute CARES Act funding to small businesses across the city who had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round of the program was extremely successful, providing $6.2 million to 842 businesses distributed across every district in Fort Worth. The city’s minority-owned businesses and businesses located in the city’s targeted neighborhoods received a combined $4.1 million. Of the companies who applied, 95% were businesses with 25 employees or fewer.

However, economic fallout from the pandemic has continued. As a result, the city is gearing up to launch a second round of Preserve the Fort business grants with the almost $9 million left in its business-related CARES Act allocation.

Applications are expected to open in early September, although the exact date has not been finalized. More information about the second round of funding is being posted on the city’s Preserve the Fort webpage as it becomes available.

There are several key differences between the first round of Preserve the Fort grants and this round, both in the types of businesses targeted for assistance by the city and in the documentation that applicants must submit to be considered for a grant.

  • Funding criteria has expanded to include nonprofits businesses (including local performance art venues) and slightly larger businesses with up to 500 employees, in addition to smaller for-profit businesses and self-employed individuals/independent contractors.

  • Bars and music venues that were forced to close as of June 26 are eligible for a grant up to three times their lost average monthly revenue before the COVID-19 disaster declaration of March 13. This award will be capped at $100,000.

  • Business owners will be expected to submit up to seven documents – including a 2019 Federal Tax Return, their Profit & Loss (P&L) statement for 2019, their Profit & Loss Statement for 2020 with data broken down by month, and a Proof of Employment Q1 2020 941 – as part of their application. These documents not only help ensure that the City of Fort Worth is distributing these taxpayer-funded CARES Act dollars appropriately and responsibly, they also keep the city accountable to the federal government for all distributed funds.

A complete list of eligibility information and required documents, for both businesses and nonprofits, is currently available on the Preserve the Fort webpage.

“It’s critical that we continue to support our residents and businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “By supporting our small businesses, including bars and performing art nonprofits, we can all work to ensure that Fort Worth recovers faster and stronger.”

“While we had many successes with the first round of Preserve the Fort, there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development director. “In addition to our small business owners, several of the industries for which Fort Worth is known – our bars and restaurants, our arts scene, our music venues, and others – are all still struggling. This second round of funding will hopefully help offset some of the damage from the past few months.”

“United Way of Tarrant County is pleased to partner again with the City of Fort Worth on the Preserve the Fort small business grant program,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “The initial round of funding provided a much-needed lifeline to more than 800 small businesses, and yet we continue to see economic devastation, especially among small business owners, as a result of COVID-19. The distribution of the next round of funds will support even more locally owned companies in Fort Worth and help them avoid layoffs or keep from going out of business.”

Document assistance and application help.

One of the major challenges identified during the first round of Preserve the Fort funding was how many businesses struggled to produce some of the legal documents that were required for the application. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the first time that many businesses have had to apply for financial assistance, and it can be very overwhelming.

By working with volunteers and leveraging its partnerships, the City of Fort Worth is doing more during this second round of Preserve the Fort to provide business owners with assistance preparing their documentation, and guidance about the application process.

Spearheaded by Fort Worth Now, a team of volunteers will be on standby to help meet business owners’ needs. Business owners will be able to select an appointment time that’s convenient for them, and will receive a 30-minute phone call from the volunteer at the appointed time to discuss whatever they need help with – whether it’s explaining documentation requirements, providing direction on the application itself, or assisting with the creation of profit & loss statements.

A complete schedule of appointment times will be posted on the Preserve the Fort webpage once it becomes available.

Also, as with the previous round of funding, any printable Preserve the Fort support materials – like lists of Frequently Asked Questions, or PowerPoint slides that walk businesses through the application process step-by-step – will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Also, as with the previous round of funding, any printable Preserve the Fort support materials – like lists of Frequently Asked Questions, or PowerPoint slides that walk businesses through the application process step-by-step – will be available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Important notes

  • Businesses who have already received a Preserve the Fort grant earlier this summer are still eligible to receive another one during this second round of funding. However, the amount that they received from the first round will be subtracted from their final amount. Ex. A bar that received $5,000 from a previous Preserve the Fort grant earlier this summer might be eligible for $30,000 for this second round of funding. They would receive $25,000 during the second round, because their earlier grant would make up the remaining difference.

  • Businesses that received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan are still eligible for this grant.

  • Credit scores and existing debt will not be taken into account before the funds are awarded.

  • Businesses and nonprofits who receive Preserve the Fort grants will be expected to keep track of how their grant money is spent, and may be called upon to produce these documents in the event of a financial audit.

  • Business owners are encouraged to keep an eye on FortWorthTexas.gov/preserve-the-fort in coming days, or follow the city’s Economic Development Facebook page, to learn when applications will open.

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Work begins on Central Business District brick crosswalks

During the week of Aug. 24, workers will begin installing new white bricked crosswalks at the Main Street intersections of Eighth, Seventh, Fourth, Third, Second and First streets.

The work will progress from south to north, one intersection at a time, and traffic flow will be maintained with the use of flaggers. To avoid delays, consider using alternate routes. Work is expected to last six weeks, depending on weather and other factors.

To learn more about this project, contact Project Manager Tariq Islam at 817-392-2486.

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City Partners with Business Owners to Launch Business Support Initiative

As businesses serve customers in a modified capacity, it is essential that plans to reopen are made with the intention to keep people safe.

The City of Southlake launched Southlake Safe as a business support initiative that was developed by the Economic Recovery Task Force for businesses to help maintain recommended safety guidelines and best practices to protect their employees and while serving their customers.

Safety and security are a top priority for the City of Southlake, and the Southlake Safe campaign is part of the efforts to maintain the safety of those who live, work and play in this world-class community. The partnership gives business owners an opportunity to show their commitment to providing a safe and clean environment by taking the Southlake Safe Pledge.

Participants who adopt the pledge receive a Southlake Safe Pledge Kit, which includes PPE essentials like a digital thermometer, face masks, hand sanitizer and a Southlake Safe decal to display in their place of business.

These businesses will be listed in the Southlake Safe business directory and receive a recurring spotlight feature that highlights among other participating businesses. This program is also completely free for Southlake businesses to sign up for.

“This is a great way for businesses to show customers and their employees that health and safety is a priority,” Director of Economic Development and Tourism Daniel Cortez said. “We have received a positive response and support for the program from the entire community. All of us are in this new world together doing the best we can to support our community during these challenging times and it’s important for us to work together for a Southlake Safe environment.”

Learn more at www.SouthlakeSafe.com.

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Support a Southlake Business for a Chance to Win

It’s time to Shop, Eat, and Enjoy Local as you prepare to celebrate Independence Day with your community and neighborhood. Snap a photo of you supporting a local Southlake business and submit it for a chance to win.

The City of Southlake’s Economic Development & Tourism department is excited to host an Independence Day giveaway to encourage the local community to support Southlake businesses. Locals are encouraged to shop, eat, and enjoy experiences at Southlake businesses in preparation for the 2020 Fireworks event. Locals should snap a photo showing how they’re supporting a Southlake business and send it to VisitInfo@VisitSouthlakeTexas.com (with full name and phone number) for a chance to win. Please remember to follow safety guidelines, including wearing masks where required.

There will be ten winners selected. Prize packages include staycations, gift cards, a VIP Pool Party at Champions Club, and more. Participants must be 18 years or older. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 10, 2020. Click here for more information.

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School and business leaders to discuss Fort Worth’s future at June 25 virtual summit

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini will join business and industry leaders at the June 25 virtual summit, “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins.”

The summit is part of a partnership between the Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet the workforce needs in a post-COVID 19 world.

Scribner, Price and Giovannini will be panel headliners at the summit. Joining them will be:

  • Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO DeVoyd Jennings.
  • Lockheed Martin Director for HR Economic Opportunities & Resources Jon Gustafson.
  • Medical City Fort Worth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Terry Loftus.
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce CEO Brandom Gengelbach.
  • Dig Contracting Owner Dante Williams.
  • Cisneros Restaurants Inc. President Vicki Cisneros.
  • Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Anette Landeros.
  • Bell Director of Workforce Planning and Strategy Cara Lundquist.

This citywide summit comes on the heels of eight industry-focused virtual discussions – or mini-summits – held June 2-4 that became the foundation for this culminating event. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care.

Organizers from the FWISD, TCC and the Chamber listened as business leaders shared stories of how this pandemic has impacted their businesses. As participants listened to each other, it became evident that now is the time to strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones to ensure a successful future for Fort Worth.

“We did our homework, and we will incorporate the ideas and feedback from industry leaders,” Scribner said. “We are eager to continue this conversation toward developing a dynamic and prepared Fort Worth workforce that is homegrown.”

The “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” virtual summit will take place at 1:30 p.m. June 25. Register online. The summit can be viewed on the FWISD’s YouTube channel and Spectrum Channel 192.

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Opening Your Business Back Up Soon? Check Out These Tips for Flushing Water from Your Plumbing.

The City of Southlake, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, wants to make sure you know how to properly flush out old water that has been sitting in the plumbing of your business for the last few weeks. 

While businesses and other buildings have been closed, water that existed in those private plumbing systems may have deteriorated in quality. Typically, buildings can prevent stagnant water through regular, consistent water use, so this is not a concern most of the time. However, there are easy fixes that business owners can undertake to ensure clean, fresh water is flowing through those faucets. 

  1. Remove faucet aerators if possible, and replace them after flushing is completed. 
  2. Consider opening only one fixture (sink, shower head, hose bib) at a time. The more fixtures that are open, the slower water will flow into the building, which will result in some pressure loss. 
  3. Start at the lowest floor of your building and work your way towards the top. 
  4. Alternate turning on hot water and cold water. If there is a water heater onsite, this will ensure the water heater is flushed as well. You will need to flush cold water longer than hot water. 
  5. Connect a water hose to an outdoor hose bib, or spigot. Flush this water for at least one hour. This will rid your plumbing of the stagnant water that has been buried underground in plumbing first. 
  6. Flush all toilets in each restroom. 
  7. For restroom sinks, you can turn on the faucet and flush for at least 2 minutes. 
  8. For kitchen sinks, you should flush cold water for at least 8-10 minutes, and hot water for at least one minute. 
  9. For water fountains, you should flush at least 1 minute. 
  10. For more guidance on water systems in buildings and additional steps you may want to take, you can visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html . 

Southlake Water Utilities maintains a year-round fire hydrant flushing program and monitors water quality in our water system daily. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at 817-748-8082. 

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