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SBDC and COVID-19 Crisis

September 07, 2020

David Erickson
Director & 
Certified Business Advisor


During the COVID19 crisis beginning in March of this year, the ASU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff has helped many small business owners obtain emergency funding due to the shutdown of non-essential businesses. 

PPE Supplies and Equipment

A Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) grant has provided funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) equipment and supplies for San Angelo area businesses in need. For those San Angelo businesses that use a lot of PPE supplies and equipment, this could be a great way to save on operating expenses.

Since the COVID 19 crisis started in March of this year, businesses and other organizations have had the added expense of PPE supplies to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep their employees and customers safe. These supplies have consisted of masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray, plastic desk and table shields, no-touch hand thermometers, and various other needed supplies and equipment depending on the business.

These added costs, which are here to stay for a while, can significantly affect profitability and their ability to retain employees and move toward full recovery.

The TWC has provided funds through a grant to the local Workforce Solutions office. They can take applications from businesses needing these types of supplies. Some types of businesses using these supplies are; restaurants, retail stores, professional service offices like physicians, dentists, chiropractors, etc., spas, and sports entertainment businesses, etc. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Consider taking advantage of this grant to save on expenses related to PPE. If you are eligible, these no-cost items can assist your business and the road to recovery from COVID 19.

To find out more about the program and to learn more about the application process and eligibility, please contact Wendy Packard at 325-703-2426, or email her at

“Business Tips” was written by Dave Erickson, Director and Certified Business Advisor, of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. For more information on the topic of this article or the services of the ASU ? SBDC, contact him at