Business and Workforce Development Resources

As of March 20, Texas small businesses can now apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the US SBA. Also, The Colony Economic Development Corp. has compiled a Business Retention Coronavirus Recovery Checklist which will help with guidelines for the immediate actions a local business should take during this time.

Also, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is offering a program to assist Texas, woman-owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19

Coronavirus Tax Relief: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Job and Career Accelerator: Occupational profiles, job listings, professional resumes and cover letters and organizing your career plan.

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Help for Students Learning from Home

Tutor.comFree online tutoring help for kindergarten through adult learners, as well as job search help, resume assistance and more. Log in with your Library card identification from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. Other resources available 24/7.

Website: State of Minnesota, Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
This massive website can help you explore careers, find training, do a job search, and get local help.  Resources for offers help to audiences ranging from entry-level worker to veteran to worker with a criminal conviction.  A nice tool allows you to search occupations by geographic location to find job requirements, salary information, and projected employment needs.

USA Jobs
Website: United States Office of Personnel Management

This online portal to federal government jobs includes hiring paths for veterans, senior executives, Native Americans, and other audiences.  An explanation of the federal hiring process and job opportunities are also on the website.

Job Skills: How to Create a Resume
Online Course:
In this free, 21-minute how-to course, learners will acquire the skills needed to create and edit resumes in Microsoft Word, including content and design tips.

Job Skills: How to Search for Jobs
Online Course:
In this free, 22-minute how-to course, learners will get an overview of how to look for a job online including how to apply for unemployment; searching classified sites, career sites, and company sites; and safely avoiding scams.

Job Search
Website: GCFLearnFree
The page provides free tutorials on job search strategies, resume writing, job applications, interview skills and many technology subjects. The Teacher Guides include Technology, Microsoft Office, Everyday Life, and Career. A resource-rich Free Online Resources document includes Advanced Technology and College-Type Experiences sites.

Online Tools for Job Searching
PDF: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
This is a large list of web-based tools from the Department of Labor that provide resources for unemployed workers, job seekers, and career counseling professionals.