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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 know if your business is considered "essential" by recent State of Texas orders, you can find out that information through the Texas Department of Emergency Management here.  Businesses who are currently not allowed to operate per Governor Abbott's orders are welcome to request a determination from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  That application is available here.

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 his plan to reopen the Texas economy.  The full plan can be obtained here.  Currently, retailers, restaurants, museums and movie theatres can operate with 25% capacity.  This capacity is determined by a business’ certificate of occupancy.  If you are unsure of your location’s total occupancy, please call the Forney EDC at (972) 564-5808 and we will put you in contact with someone to assist.  Only restaurants that have less than 51% of sales in alcohol can reopen at this time.  Salons, barber shops, nail salons and tanning salons are allowed to operate with proper 6 foot social distancing measures in place starting Friday, May 8, 2020.  Additional guidelines for the reopening of salons, barber shops and related operations can be found through the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation here.  Swimming pools are allowed to reopen at up to 25% occupancy.  Gyms are allowed to reopen on May 18 at 25% occupancy and patrons must wear gloves.  Locker rooms and shower facilities are to remain closed.  Bars, tattoo/piercing studios, massage establishments and arcades are excluded from opening at this time.  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

Due to high levels of phone calls regarding unemployment filing, the Texas Workforce Commission is asking those seeking to file to do so on a rolling schedule based on the beginning digit of your area code:

9: file claims on Monday, Wednesday & Friday (8am-12pm)

3, 4, 5, 6: file claims on Monday, Wednesday & Friday (1pm-5pm)

7, 8: file claims on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (8am-12pm)

2: file claims on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (1pm-5pm)

Claims can be made to the 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.

  •     “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