Free small business consulting event with support from local universities! The Small Business School, in partnership with MBA students from UT Austin – McCombs School of Business and 14 other top universities nationwide, are responding to meet the needs of small businesses devastated by the current crisis by hosting the second Small Business School Challenge, a 48-hour virtual design thinking workshop to help strategize and guide small businesses during this pandemic. The event is scheduled for Oct 15 through 17 and plans to host 200 new small business owners from across the country. Applications are open through Sep 25. Learn more and apply here, or nominate a small business in your hometown that you want to see receive free support to succeed.
A press release from the City of Austin (and Travis County) yesterday announced the move to Stage 3 risk restrictions for our area. It goes with out saying that residents and business owners but continue to be vigilant and practice good hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings and adhering to occupancy requirements to ensure we continue to reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate. The authorities request that individuals “continue to act as if we are still in Stage 4 as much as possible so that we can be in a better place as school starts.”
As noted in the provided Risk Based Guidance Chart, Stage 4 called for expanded essential businesses only to open. In contrast Stage 3, calls for essential and reopened businesses to return to operations. Everyone, regardless of risk, should avoid social gatherings and any gatherings greater than 10 people. Occupancy guidelines by business type can be found here.
The release from the city notes that “one of the goals we are trying to reach is to have a positivity rate (defined as the number of positive cases divided by the number of overall tests being performed) below five percent by September 8, when most Austin-Travis County students start their school year. In addition to an overall positivity rate below five percent, every individual race and ethnic group in Austin should have a positivity rate below five percent.”
For the latest information and updates, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19
Movability is a nonprofit that works directly with employers to help them achieve their business goals through mobility planning. Movability helps employers of all sizes in the Austin area connect employees with mobility options that help them take back time from traffic, reduce parking costs, and boost retention and recruitment. Members can access toolkits, educational and networking events, and can work with Movability to create custom mobility plans for their needs. Now is a perfect time to consider how mobility will play a role in the next few months, whether you want to make teleworking an ongoing part of your business plan, connect employees with active commutes like biking, or cut back on parking costs. Movability can help your workplace return to work without returning to traffic. Learn more about Movability’s membership options here and see case studies of the work they’ve done with members here. Questions about how Movability can work with your business? Contact Kate Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Austin and Travis County have extended the “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders to stay in place through December 15, 2020. Among other things, these orders require residents of Austin and Travis County to continue to practice social distancing, increased hygiene, and face-covering behaviors for the remainder of the year. In addition to these personal hygiene guidelines, both orders also suggest that social gatherings up to 10 people be avoided or minimized, and that socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household is prohibited. You can get more details by reading the full City of Austin and Travis County Orders at these links.
Need COVID-19 testing for your employees? Hire Allied Mobile Services to provide on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for your workforce. By providing single employee and large group pricing, AMS provides employers with the ability to know if an employee has an active or previous infection of COVID-19 in 10 minutes or less. Click here for more info. And, coming soon are Online COVID-19 Compliance Training Courses in the following industries: Food Service & Hospitality, Event Management, Logistics Consulting, Construction, Educational Services, and Facilities Management. Pre-register your team here.