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Small Business Support Funding in DeSoto - Round Two Application Period

A new application period is opening up for the grant program for small businesses in DeSoto! Applications and related documents are available as a Word document, a PDF, or you can call 972-230-9694 to request a hard copy. Application period: Monday, July 20, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020 (by 4:00 PM). Questions? Contact .

CARES Act Guide for Small Business & Entrepreneurship

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to many of the provisions in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress on March 27. 

Download the guide here [PDF file].

Selected business ebooks and audiobooks are available with a DeSoto Public Library card through Hoopla:

Change Your Questions book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaGetting To Yes Kulhan book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaThe Vision-Driven Leader Hyatt book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaResilience Graham book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaThe Hard Thing About Hard Things Horowitz book cover image--click to access ebook via Hoopla
How Leaders Decide Bustin book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaSmall Business For Dummies Tyson book cover image--click to access digital audiobook via HooplaDisrupters Fletcher book cover imageStarting Your Own Microbusiness book cover image--click to access ebook via HooplaProject Management for Small Business Phillips book cover image--click to access ebook via Hoopla

U.S. Small Business Administration

Since 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has worked to ignite change and spark action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover. Coronavirus (COVID-19) business guidance and loan resources are available through their site.

Coronavirus Tax Relief

The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides business tax resources for small businesses (with assets under $10 million) and taxpayers filing selected business-related forms. The Coronavirus Tax Relief page includes information on economic impact payments, guidance, and more.

North Texas Small Business Development

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the largest management assistance program serving the business sector in the United States.This North Texas site contains resources on supporting your small business during COVID-19, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

Texas Economic Development: COVID-19

This organization has connected several resources to help businesses and economic development in Texas, including an FAQ for Texas businesses, information for specific industries such as restaurants and creative arts, and more.

Dallas Fort Worth LiftFund Women’s Business Center (WBC)

The WBC is dedicated to supporting business owners, especially women and minorities, through business education and business consulting. Services include individual business counseling, business accelerators, and more. They are offering a LiftFund COVID-19 loan to assist small businesses during this time. Keep updated with the latest through their blog or newsletter.

DeSoto Economic Development Corporation (DEDC): COVID-19 Resource Guide

The DeSoto EDC is working closely with local, state and federal partners, and provides a frequently-updated resource guide for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sections are available to quickly access a wide variety of employer, financial, regulatory, local & other resources.

TexShare Database: Small Business Reference Center

Note: This resource is available with a DeSoto Public Library card. Please contact 972-230-9661 for assistance with TexShare databases.

The Small Business Reference Center provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books. The user-friendly interface guides through small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.  Business videos provide critical information for business owners: Interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.