Round Rock leaders announce small business support program

'Round Rock Cares' fund to help stabilize small businesses

Talk 1370 Newsroom
March 25, 2020 - 7:22 pm
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ROUND ROCK, Texas (Talk1370.com) -- Small businesses impacted by the coronavirus in Round Rock have a new community fund that might offer some assistance.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan, the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, the Round Rock Chamber and Dell Technologies on Wednesday announced "Round Rock Cares".

"Our entire community is concerned about what recent COVID–19 disruptions to business operations may mean for our local small businesses, and for the families of their employees," Mayor Morgan said. "Many businesses have chosen to suspend operations based on recommendations from the CDC or have been required to close as a result of necessary emergency declarations."

Each of the four organizations is committing $25,000 to establish the fund, and invite the public to donate to the fund as well.

"In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our community comes together. The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation is proud to be part of this effort and have the opportunity to manage the Round Rock Cares Fund," said Nyle Maxwell, Chairman of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. "But we can’t do it alone – we need the public as a partner too. The citizens of Round Rock joining the business community in this type of collaboration is what makes Round Rock a special place to live."

Round Rock Cares will be a charitable fund, managed by the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. Those wishing to contribute to the fund can do so at roundrockcares.org.  

The fund aims to provide financial assistance to small and locally-owned businesses in Round Rock, allocating financial resources as quickly and as directly as possible. The fund will be directed by a committee consisting of representatives of the City, the Chamber and the business community. It is envisioned that Round Rock Cares will provide assistance to businesses for:  

  • Operational loan down payments 
  • Utility payments
  • Payroll for employees still employed and working at the business
  • Lease payments
  • General business operations (raw materials, marketing expenses, etc.)
  • Other business needs as determined by the fund oversight committee 

"Supporting our communities is a top priority for us at Dell Technologies, and we are proud to be able to give back right here at home,” said Jeremy Ford, Vice President of Giving and Social Innovation at Dell Technologies. “Local and small businesses are an integral part of the city’s culture, and we are committed to doing our part to help them and the broader community during this time.”  

To qualify for assistance from the fund, a business must:  

  • Have its principal location or business address in Round Rock. This includes areas of Round Rock within Travis County and Round Rock Municipal Utility Districts within the City’s extra-territorial jurisdiction. 
  • Have incurred significant disruptions to operations or ability to remain open.

For more information about Round Rock Cares, and an online application for interested businesses, visit www.roundrockcares.org.

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