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Resources for Job Seekers

Texas Workforce Commission Resources for job seekers:

The Texas Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to those individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. TWC determines benefit eligibility based on past wages, why someone lost their job, and ongoing eligibility requirements. You can also apply for unemployment benefits on the website:

Work in Texas: offers job seekers immediate and continuous access to job matching services. Job seekers can also browse thousands of job postings, including all Texas state agency jobs, refer themselves to open positions, complete résumés and/or state applications and maintain them online.

Workforce Solutions North Central Texas:

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas leads the way in developing today’s workforce and anticipating the occupations and skills needed for tomorrow. The workforce development area (WDA) includes Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties.

Resources for Business Owners:

Wylie Chamber of Commerce Resource Page:

DHSH Guidance for Employers and Managers:
This guidance is intended for employees and managers of organizations in Texas. This guidance is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and may not always follow your employer’s HR policy.

Texas Shared Work Program:
The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
For all COVID-19 related Economic Injury Disaster Loan information, forms and ways to apply, visit the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance website.
For help with this process, let the CollinSBDC advise you for free by filling out the below form:

Paycheck Protection Program:
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.