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COVID-19 Resources

This page is designed to provide resources and information concerning the virus to businesses and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

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. Application period Aug. 19 - Sept. 4.

A step-by-step guide to creating a plan to help your business weather, recover and prepare for disaster. 

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.

Small business resources in response to coronavirus.

The Partnership's Senior Vice President of Research, Patrick Jankowski, reports COVID-19's impacts on the local and global economy.  

See presentations from local experts and business leaders providing information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. 

Tips and strategies for teleworking from a Houston thought leader. 

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New Year, New Texas Legislative Session - What it Means for Houston

1/15/21
Legislative Session Update The Texas Legislature gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the 87th Texas Legislative Session. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the House and Senate will not be in session next week and will reconvene January 26. Each week during the session, the Legislative Session Update will highlight key moments from the week’s events and discuss the Partnership’s Executive Priorities. Biennial Revenue Estimate Released On Monday, the stage was set for the legislative session when Comptroller Glenn Hegar released his Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE), projecting that the state will have $112.5 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2022-23 biennium. While many expected the state to face dramatic revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Comptroller painted a much more manageable picture. State budget writers will need to make up a shortfall of $950 million; well short of the dire $4.8 billion prediction forecasted last summer. In addition to the favorable budget estimate, the 2021 total ending balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) is $8.9 billion. Absent any appropriations by the Legislature, the Comptroller's Office projects that the ESF will reach $11.55 billion at the end of the 2022-2023 biennium. The practical impact of a more favorable budget environment is that drastic cuts to items like public education may be averted. Dade Phelan Elected Speaker of the Texas House Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) was sworn in as the Speaker of the Texas House. His election capped off a rapid ascent for the Speaker, who was first elected to the Texas House in 2012. In his first remarks to the chamber, Phelan urged collaboration, stating, "We must all do our part — not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Texans and Americans. Let us unite in one common purpose to do what is right for the people of Texas." Senate Approves New Floor Vote Threshold In a party-line vote, the Senate changed their rules to allow a bill to come to the floor with only 18 votes — the same number of seats held by Republican Senators — rather than the previous 19 votes. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had urged the move publicly in the weeks leading up to the session. With the rule, Republicans may bring bills to the floor for consideration without the need to secure Democratic support. To learn more about the first week of the 87th Texas Legislative Session or the Partnership's priorities, check out Houston.org/txlege and listen to our Future of Texas - Unscripted podcast. 
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Partnership Statement Regarding Last Week’s Attack of U.S. Capitol

1/12/21
STATEMENT FROM THE GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP The Greater Houston Partnership condemns the actions of the violent mob that stormed the Capitol last week and struck at the very heart of our democracy.  The right to peacefully protest is a fundamental protection granted by the Constitution. This right is not conditional. The rioters, however, divested their free speech rights at the first strike of violence and should be prosecuted. We cannot and do not condone in any way the actions that occurred. The Partnership expresses its sympathy to the family of Capital Officer Sicknick, who died in the line of duty, and conveys its wishes for a speedy recovery to the other public safety officials injured in Wednesday’s rioting. The Partnership expects leaders at all levels of government to do everything in their power to quell the violence and to avoid further inflaming the public with overheated rhetoric regarding the recent election.  The orderly transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy, the significance of which should never be forgotten or ignored for personal or partisan gain. Given the Partnership’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is important that we also speak against the racial and antisemitic animus so blatantly on display in the nation's capital during last week's attack.  The despicable words and deeds vividly demonstrate, once again, that issues of race continue to divide us. This moment points to the importance of the Greater Houston Partnership and our member companies taking a critical stand to reform systems of bias, advocate inclusion, and remove barriers and to remain steadfast in that work.
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PARTNERSHIP WEEK: Board of Directors Meet & Greet

The Partnership's Board of Directors is critical steering the direction of the Partnership's strategic efforts. This exclusive meet and greet offers members the opportunity to connect with several of our…

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Centers for Small Business

The Houston office of the U.S. Small Business Administration helps connect companies and entrepreneurs with the tools and resources necessary for success. 

The Small Business Development Center at the University of Houston offers workshops, advisory services, research assistance and much more for small businesses in the area. 

Free consulting on finding contracting opportunities that match your business.

The WBEA provides support to entrepreneurs in education, scholarships, and matchmaking with corporate contracting offices. We are committed to inspiring and empowering women who want to start or expand their business.

Promoting the growth and success of local small businesses, with special emphasis on historically underutilized groups by ensuring their meaningful participation in the government procurement process.

Provides quality business education, access to capital, business support services and alumni service for business owned who are poised to grow.

A small business program that provides resources, education, and connection to capital to help Houston-area entrepreneurs start or expand a business.

Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is partnering with The Ion to provide education and insight to small business owners, helping them return to normal operations and recover from the closures.

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