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COVID-19 Updates & Resources




The Forney EDC is working closely with our local, state and federal partners to learn of resources available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check this page regularly to stay up-to-date on resources for local businesses.

Click Here for an Updated List of Business Resources

There are several Forney businesses currently seeking employees.  Click here for a listing of employers currently hiring in Forney.


Employers and employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to contact the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is an office in the nearby City of Terrell to serve Forney and surrounding areas.  The Terrell Workforce Office number is (972) 563-7271.  An employer hotline is available through the Texas Workforce Commission, as well.  Their number is 1-800-832-9394.  Other information can be found through the Texas Workforce Commission's website here.  Also the US Department of Labor has an employer hotline that is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Their number is 1-866-4USADOL (872365).

To find approved lenders through the SBA for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.  Also, Goldman Sachs has partnered with the Lift Fund by providing $50 million in private funds to go toward business assistance loans.  To find out more about this program you can visit the Lift Fund website here.

Reopening the Texas Economy: Governor Greg Abbott recently announced a pause on his plan to reopen the Texas Economy.  Phase 3 of Governor Abbott’s plan to reopen the Texas economy has been implemented.  All businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.  Businesses that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits.  Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases statewide, beginning Monday, June 29, restaurants must reduce their occupancy levels from 75% to 50%.  Further, bars must effective at noon on Friday, June 26.  Guidelines for the reopening of salons, barber shops and related operations can be found through the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation here.  For more information and updates regarding COVID-19 reopening measures, you can follow the Governor's orders here.

Small Businesses

Any small business (less than 500 employees) in Forney or Kaufman County interested in pursuing SBA financing programs are encouraged to contact the Trinity Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  They are actively assisting and responding to business inquiries and are an arm of the Small Business Administration.  You can reach the SBDC at (903) 675-7403.  Our local Business Advisor contact is Jamee Nitschke.  She can be reached at jamee.nitschke@tvcc.edu.  Their services are free to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  A link to their website is available here.

Employees & Unemployment

Those unemployed due to COVID-19 can make a claim to the Texas Workforce Commission's number at (800) 939-6631.

Additional information on Unemployment Benefits can be found here.  Further, there is a local workforce office in the nearby City of Terrell.  Their number is (972) 563-7271.

There are several businesses currently hiring in Forney.  You can view a list of these employers at the top of this page.  Also, Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas is hosting a free virtual job fair on July 9.  Job seekers and employers can register for this event here.

  •     “The community is real supportive of new business coming in. The city itself has great ideas on what’s coming ahead. I would advise anyone to look at moving into the Forney area.
    - Patrick McCrea
    Owner, Doe Belly’s Catfish Café
  •     Working with the City of Forney has been a pleasure. The City’s proactive response to any problem Steve Silver Company has encountered is refreshing. Glad to call Forney our home.
    - Jud Preskitt
    Vice President, Steve Silver Company
  •     Smurfit Kappa’s Forney Mill has been operating in Forney for over forty years.  Forney is a great place to do business with an excellent, well-educated workforce and a supportive, forward-thinking city government.
    - Dave Nelson
    Vice President of Paper Operations, Smurfit Kappa North America
  •     OGW is a proud member of the Forney business community. The EDC, City Government, and the community as a whole are very open and supportive of growing businesses.
    - Holly Dempsey