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COVID-19 Business Forum

The Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. These presentations with local experts and business leaders are being conducted via teleconference. Click the links below to watch specific forum topics. 

Lender Panel on Federal Aid

A panel of local lenders discussing federal aid programs available to assist businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Federal Stimulus Discussion

U.S. Senator John Cornyn discusses the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other federal stimulus programs enacted to aid businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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Economic Update

Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research, discussed his latest analysis of COVID-19, collapsing oil prices, and the imminent U.S. recession and their impact on Houston’s economy.

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Employment & Workforce Considerations During A Crisis

Representatives from Insperity, Workforce Solutions and the Texas Workforce Commission discussed issues facing employers and the workforce.

Stay Home-Work Safe Information

Partnership President & CEO Bob Harvey hosted an information session on Harris County's "Stay Home-Work Safe" Order now in effect.

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SBA - COVID-19 Update and Disaster Services

Tim Jeffcoat, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office, provided an update on disaster recovery loans and other resources available to small businesses coping with the impact of the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Business Forum - Making Sense of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Partnership's COVID-19 Business Forum continues with a discussion around the Families First Coronavirus Response Act On April 2, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect, changing the legal requirements related to employee benefits and leaves of absence. As employers work to respond to the ever-changing work environment caused by COVID-19, they are faced with new questions each day. This webinar will focus on how to effectively implement FFCRA and will provide guidance on potential scenarios employers might face. Confirmed speakers include:  Bonnie Monych, CPC, CM, Performance Specialist Houston Region, Insperity Jeff Sorrells, PHR, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Insperity Michael Gutierrez, Human Resources Consultant Manager, Workforce Solutions  A moderated conversation will follow the discussion. Please pre-submit questions to After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The Greater Houston Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact through teleconferences with local experts. The Partnership will continue to provide updates and resources to our members throughout this ongoing situation. A reminder to bookmark our COVID-19 Resources page which is being updated daily. 

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