As the Houston region moves to reopen our economy, it is important that we do so safely, sustainability and successfully. Get best practices, tools and guidance from the Partnership's Houston Work Safe Program and take the pledge to be a Work Safe Company.
These guidelines and resources are intended to support businesses across the greater Houston region as they reopen and remain focused on the steps needed to resume work safely, sustainably and successfully.
The Partnership has developed this resource to provide a step-by-step process for how to respond to work-related cases. The document also addresses key legal considerations when taking these steps and the advantages and disadvantages for utilizing digital data management tools.
The Partnership has created a repository of tools and guidance for regional employers by sector.
To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.
Provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus in the workplace.
Financial and other resources tied to federal aid packages.
The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters
The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion.
The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided this guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act).
Enable small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA is offering all designated states and territories a variety of additional resources to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as as a result of COVID-19.
The Community Advantage Recovery Loan Program (CARL) is a pilot program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas. It is intended to help these small businesses revamp their operations for the COVID-19 environment and/or to build financial resiliency against future disruptions though technical and financial assistance. The Main Street Lending Program is available to for-profit and non-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Relief programs and other resources from the State of Texas and local government.
The Office of the Texas Governor provides COVID-19 updates, resources, and information for Texas businesses.
The City of Houston's $15 million small business recovery program for those impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and chambers of commerce within Houston city limits may be eligible for up to $50,000 in relief. Funds may be utilized for payroll, rent, mortgage, protective equipment for employees, marketing, accounts payable and other specific recovery efforts.
Harris County is accepting applications for its $30 million grant program targeting lower income businesses with 30 or fewer employees. The program offers grants up to $25,000 to qualifying businesses, prioritizing those which have not received prior financial assistance related to COVID-19. The deadline to apply is July 24 at 3:30pm CT.
With 14 locations, the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network open and available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Texas Association of Business is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
The Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders provides a list of all approved SBA lenders in the Greater Houston area.
The Texas COVID Relief Fund will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education.
Resources for small businesses compiled by the U.S. Chamber including toolkits, financial relief options.
With an in-depth understanding of the local labor pool and regional opportunities, Workforce Solutions provide the resources, intelligence, and tools businesses need to navigate the local market and build, retain, and upskill their workforce.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.
SCORE is offering advice and assistance from its business mentors, including how to navigate financial challenges during unprecedented challenges.
Businesses that file a WARN notice can receive immediate early intervention assistance designed to transition workers to their next employment as soon as possible. Rapid Response services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees.
The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.
The Texas Workforce Commission continues to provide up-to-date resources for employers to withstand a slowdown in business due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City has created a small business resource center for COVID-19 that provides updates on initiatives to mitigate unexpected financial losses.
The City of Houston Emergency Operations Center maintains this page with case updates and local resources.
The latest from the CDC on the U.S. response to the virus.
Global case updates, travel advice and more from the WHO.
Case figures across the county, resource phone numbers and more from the Harris County Health Department.
Click the link above and accept the disclaimer to see testing locations across the Houston region.
Texas Department of State Health Services’ information on COVID-19.
A live look at confirmed cases around the world by country and region.
Commonly asked questions around COVID-19 including how it spreads, how to protect yourself and signs and symptoms.
Covers school closures, superintendent debriefs and other information related to school districts across the state.
Here are some best practices from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that you can follow to manage the situation for your employees and customers.
Here are some tips for small business owners looking to manage fears among employees during an uncertain time.
Aimee Woodall of The Black Sheep Agency offers best practices on how businesses can engage their customers from a distance.
Even if you need to close due to health and safety concerns, there are ways to keep serving your customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tips and strategies for teleworking from a Houston thought leader.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.
State resources for those whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19.
Guidance on applying for benefits if your job has been affected.
This site managed by Texas Workforce Solutions offers up-to-date job listings across the state by city and zip code.
Consider these tips to help you navigate your next steps, from filing an unemployment claim to embarking on a new job search in the middle of an unprecedented crisis.
The Houston region's ability to recover from the pandemic depends greatly on the resources available to our community. Federal funding to support healthcare, education, infrastructure and other critical services depend on an accurate count of our region. Census results also determine political representation. Unfortunately, the Houston region’s response rate to the 2020 Census is trailing behind the nation. If you haven’t already, please fill out the Census via the link below. To learn more about the impact of the Census on the Houston region click here.
Jobless claims, along with COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations, are on the rise in Texas. And the social and economic impacts seem to be the greatest in the Houston metropolitan area.
Latest headlines and frequently asked questions at the local level.
Up to the minute updates on the coronavirus situation in the Houston area.
Coronavirus updates across the state.
Coronavirus updates from KHOU.
Get updated data on how the pandemic is affecting communities across the region.
Updates, financial assistance and other information from Harris County.
United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have come together help support those in the Houston area who have been impacted by COVID-19 and those who may be impacted by unforeseen economic conditions.