As COVID-19 emerges as a global concern, the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation and we want to provide you with accurate information, useful tools and resources that allow you to operate your business effectively. Facts Matter!

At the moment, there are two components to qualify for an SBA loan.  First, counties in Texas must meet an economic impact threshold for businesses within those counties to become eligible for loans.  Once a county is certified by SBA, then businesses within that county can become eligible for the loans.  I’ve outlined the two steps Texas businesses in need should take below.

  1. Register with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM):  The SBA has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities.  Before a business can become eligible to receive funds, the county in which it resides must first meet an economic impact threshold.  The Governor’s Office and TDEM are currently working with SBA to qualify counties for this declaration, and we expect it will happen soon.  To help that process, Texans should register with TDEM here.
  2. Apply for an SBA loan: Once Texas counties are certified by the SBA (stemming from step #1 above), qualified businesses that have applied will be eligible to start receiving funds.  You can apply for an SBA loan here.  SBA’s factsheet on SBA Disaster Loan Assistance is below, and a step-by-step process for business owners in both English and Spanish is attached.  For additional information, I encourage you to visit the SBA website.

Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

Apply For A Disaster Loan

You can apply online for all types of SBA disaster assistance loans. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about your loan eligibility. You have the option of submitting a paper application by mail. For either application, you must submit the completed loan application and a signed and dated IRS Form 4506-T giving permission for the IRS to provide SBA your tax return information.

You may also apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For information or to find a location near you, please contact our Customer Service Center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loans
The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loans (en Espanol)

Required Information to Complete the Application
After a Presidential disaster declaration, you must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To obtain a registration number, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or visit

The following information is required to complete the SBA online application:

  • Contact information for all applicants
  • Social security numbers for all applicants
  • FEMA registration number
  • Deed or lease information
  • Insurance information
  • Financial information (e.g. income, account balances and monthly expenses)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN) for business applicants


A guide to helping small businesses navigate and recover from the COVID-19 crisis

Citizens Bank  COVID-19 SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The Longview Chamber of Commerce has allowed the Kilgore and Tyler Chambers of Commerce to co-host a series of Webinars regarding the COVID-19 Crisis.  Here is a link to their YouTube Channel in order for you to view the videos. And the link to their website calendar for future webinars you can sign up to attend for free.

Kilgore qualifies as a rural community for Texas Department of Agriculture assistance/loans and for USDA assistance and loans

CARES Act Guidelines

CARES Loans pdf

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Louisiana SBA Video for Small Business Owners

Facebook for Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of Emergency Management

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Net Health

US Chamber Guide

US Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation COVID-19

Gregg County Texas

City of Kilgore (updated 3.26.2020)

Kilgore College

Kilgore ISD


Available Dining

We have compiled a list of take-out menus for area restaurants.

Kilgore area drive-thru restaurants