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SUPPORT LOCAL

As you know, all restaurants and bars have closed their dining rooms as of Tuesday, March 17. Per City and County officials, restaurants are only allowed to serve food via takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services, and bars that do not offer food are required to close fully.

We encourage you to support your local businesses by ordering food via one of the available options. So take this opportunity to get a bit of fresh air and check out the ways you can help out a few of your favorite Downtown restaurants that are open and ready to keep you fed!  See our list here. 

 

DISASTER RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

We are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19; the safety of our residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to us. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.

During this difficult time, our mission is to help businesses, stakeholders and members understand the resources available.  In addition, we are working closely with state and local officials to advocate on their behalf. 

 

We’ll continue to revise this list, but please feel free to reach out to these businesses directly for any questions:

America's Small Business Development Center Network - COVID-19 Small Business Resources

SBA Disaster Assistance - SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) - COVID-19 Resources Employers

US Chamber of Commerce - Combating the Coronavirus, Coronavirus Response Toolkit & Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers & Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

The World Health Organization (WHO)- features tips, advice, reports, research and more.

IRS- special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

Tech Against Coronavirus - Software Solution (i.e. Slack, Toggl, Zoom, Google Handouts)

Facebook for Business – Small Business Grants Program

State of Texas - Information for Businesses, Events, and Venues

Retail Strategies- Small Business Resource

Greater Houston Partnership - Houston coronavirus resources

Houston Arts Alliance-  resources to help artists and non-profits; additional resources specifically for artists.

Houston First- resources and support for Houston’s hospitality industry. 

The U.S. Travel Association- comprehensive tool kit.

Tools to help you remote work and/or deliver your services online.

Southern Smoke Foundation- Emergency Relief Fund

 

Additional resources offered by our Central Houston partners:

ImpactHub, a locally rooted, globally connected, nonprofit organization that inspires, connects and empowers people working to solve social problems in our city and around the world.


Gener8tor, a Madison, Wisconsin-based nationally ranked, turnkey accelerator platform focused on the creative economy connecting startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations.


MassChallege, a Boston-based globally recognized 501 (C)(3) non-profit startup accelerator


The Cannon, is an organization that develops and manages startup hubs -- workspaces for entrepreneurs that surround them with all the resources they need to succeed.


Alice, the world’s first 100% virtual accelerator.

  • COVID-19 Business Resource Center
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