LHABackToBiz

About this Program

PURPOSETo get back to business in the Lake Houston Area.

The LHA Back To Business program is focused on helping businesses who were affected by Hurricane Harvey recover and/or reopen. According to FEMA, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. Our goal is to significantly lower that percentage in the Lake Houston Area. We also aim to instill confidence in residents about our business community’s resiliency and encourage them to help restart our economy by using businesses in the Lake Houston Area.

TARGET BUSINESSES:

Any business in Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, or Summer Creek negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

PROGRAM FACILITATOR:

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce| Phone: 281-446-2128 | Media Contact: mmcgrath@lakehouston.org

FOCUS AREAS

Business Recovery & Re-Opening Promotions

Business Recovery

The Chamber will communicate with, track and monitor each individual business on at least a monthly basis and provide assistance and resources for each stage of recovery.

  • Online Resources: LHABackToBiz.org

The Chamber will provide an online repository of resources and information for businesses. Links to and downloads for agencies and funding sources will be provided as well as a list of local businesses to help with recovery and rebuilding needs.

  • Assistance

Businesses will be offered assistance when applying for funds, filing permits, and/or searching for businesses to help them recover, rebuild, and reopen. Staff will serve as a conduit connecting businesses to local government services and helping them navigate the recovery process. Businesses can access office supply donations to help them restart and open for business.

  • Information Updates

New information, funding applications and recovery updates will be communicated to affected businesses and the community through the methods listed below.

Re-Opening Promotions

The Chamber will communicate target opening dates and promote businesses’ grand re-openings through the LHABackToBiz.org webpage, Lake Houston Area Chamber Social Media and LHA Back To Business Media Partners.

  • Communications

Target opening dates and official re-grand openings and alerts will be communicated through:

  • LHABackToBiz.org
  • LHABack2Biz Instagram
  • Lake Houston Area Chamber Social Media
  • LHABackToBiz Media Partners
  • Back2Biz Section designated in the Lake Houston Area Chamber’s Weekly Update
  • Back2Biz Email Updates
  • Re-Opening Publicity

Chamber staff and volunteers will visit each business upon re-opening to take and post a picture of the business owners and staff with the Lake Houston Area Back To Business sign. Pictures will be uploaded to Chamber social media sites using the #LHABack2Biz hashtag and shared with official LHABack2Biz Media Partners.

March 27 - Lake Houston Family YMCA

The Lake Houston YMCA like most of our businesses flooded during Hurricane Harvey. However they are not just reopening; they are coming back with a more sophisticated and innovative rebuilding process than any business in the Lake Houston community in order to modernize their facility.

Despite the lack of a main facility until June 2018, the YMCA organization still provides multiple options to achieve fitness goals and continuing to engage with the community. They have group fitness classes in space around the facility and other locations such as the YMCA Pavillion for group exercise, the Aire Fitness Pod for morning functional based exercise and Woodbridge Baptist Church. They hosted their annual Bridgefest 5K race in Kingwood. The YMCA recently opened the Insperity Adaptive Sports Complex in Humble this past weekend to provide a space for athletes of all physical and mental abilities to participate in sports and other activities. Spring youth sports are well underway providing sports to play like baseball, volleyball, and soccer from young ages 3-4 year old and grades kindergarten through 8th grade. They will also have their annual Dancing with Lake Houston Stars event this April.

With summer just around the corner, the re-opening of the facility is not the only focus. The YMCA is offering multiple employment opportunities for lifeguards, swim instructors, and camp counselors for upcoming summer activities. With the upcoming expansion, positions such as fitness staff, counselors and other positions will be made available soon to the Lake Houston community looking for employment. Applications can be found here: https://www.ymcahouston.org/careers

The construction of the facility was announced to occur in now two phases:

Phase 1 is scheduled to be complete by June 2018 with an open pool, wellness equipment, group exercise room, locker rooms and childwatch services.

Phase 2 is now scheduled to be complete by end of 2018 after originally scheduled for 1st quarter of 2019. Phase 2 will consist of 3 additional group exercise studios, functional fitness space in a 2nd floor wellness center, full Childwatch Space, teen intergenerational room, multipurpose rooms, and a new open concept lobby. They hope to move more expensive equipment up to that first floor wellness center and begin a boutique style fitness culture.

The Back 2 Business campaign cannot wait to see the YMCA back in their brand new facility before the end of the year!

March 13 - LiftFund Partnership

#LHABack2Biz Spotlight – LiftFund US Take Action Event

On March 8, 2018, the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce – Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership and LiftFund put together a Take Action Event for Business Funding after Harvey. The event was held at Lone Star College-Kingwood for fifteen Lake Houston Business to attend at apply for a 0% interest

loan up to $25,000 through LiftFund and/or a Business Recovery Grant from the Chamber from leftover funds of thLake Houston Area Relief Fund. With help from Houston Community College District and Houston US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), multiple Take Action events are now planned all over the Houston area for business recovery. The contributions from LiftFund have already helped several businesses suffering from both physical and economic injury in the Lake Houston area and could help several more that came to the event last Thursday. This financial benefit provides additional or alternative assistance to businesses denied SBA funding in which options and hope seem bleak. If you are a business that flooded or suffered economic damage during Harvey, apply for the Hurricane Relief Loans at:

https://apply4businessloan.com/…

or get consultation by calling 888-215-2373 or emailing harveyrelief@liftfund.com.

March 6 - Deerbrook Marketplace

#LHABack2Biz Spotlight: Deerbrook Marketplace

Since Hurricane Harvey hit six months ago, many Deerbrook Marketplace retailers have been working hard to re-open for the Lake Houston Community. Vestar, the property management organization that leases all of the retailers, started early and worked hard to get the businesses back. Vestar knew early on that every tenant would open back up starting with TGI Fridays, Pappa Seafood, Best Buy, and more. Only a handful of businesses remain for their re-opening such as:

– Marshalls opening in late April
– Oldnavy opening March 28 tentatively
– Carter’s opening this month
– Deerbrook Family Dentistry which will begin their rebuilding soon
– Menchie’s Humble opening sometime this week
– Bed Bath & Beyond opening late May 2018
– Toys”R”Us have begun reconstruction and are expected to open March/April 2018

Deerbrook is planning a grand opening celebration in April 2018 for all their stores and to celebrate the resilience of some of the best retailers in Lake Houston. The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce will continue to closely monitor and promote the rebuilding and reopening process of all businesses in Deerbrook Marketplace and the entire Lake Houston community. #LoveLakeHouston #LHAChamber

February 27 - Six Months After Harvey

It’s been six months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, drenched the Lake Houston Area with over 50 inches of rain and flooded over 250 major businesses in the Lake Houston Area. FEMA projects only 60% of small businesses reopen their doors following a major disaster, but with 164 businesses have reopened since then, Lake Houston has retained 61 percent of the businesses in the area. Considering the time and effort it takes to rebuild following a disaster like Harvey, it is amazing to see such progress, and with more than 50 businesses confirmed to re-open in the next few months retention will only rise and rise as close as it can to 100 percent.

The Lake Houston Area has a lot to look forward to. Kings Harbor restaurants and businesses begin their reconstruction such as Raffa’s Waterfront GrillSharky’sChimichurri’s South American Grill and Dapper Darlings. Deerbrook Marketplace continues to reopen business after business such as Office Depot, Pet Smart, Marshalls and Old Navy with new businesses moving in as well. Kingwood High School makes its comeback after spending more than half the year commuting and attending classes at Summer Creek High School. Lake Houston Family YMCA has released new plans and improvements to their facility that will be made by June 2018 and including adding a second story, expansions to fitness spaces, and more to be done by December 2018. The Memorial Hermann Northeast Convenient Care Center that was scheduled to be open the weekend of Hurricane Harvey is now scheduled to open next year providing a convenient healthcare option for Kingwood residents living deep in “the Livable Forest”.

Though this is a fantastic accomplishment for business owners and leaders in the area, it is important for residents to continue to shop local especially at businesses that have reopened their doors to reboot the economy and help out our neighbors.

For list of Opened Businesses go to: Re-Openings

February 20 - Kingwood High School

It has been six months since Kingwood High School students could not attend their first day of class because of Hurricane Harvey, but now they are just one month away from their first day of school at KHS.

The road to recovery has been a difficult one, but Humble Independent School District has done an incredible job keeping parents and students informed of all progress at KHS.

At https://www.humbleisd.net/khsatschs Humble ISD gave 15 detailed updates on what specific construction projects were underway and which were to come. Students and parents were able to keep track and were first to know when they announced the March 19 reopening date.

The most recent update announced the parent/student walkthroughs March 17 where students can walk their course schedules to get more familiar with the locations and parents can get a closer look at their child’s new learning environment.

Humble ISD will have a community celebration March 24 where the public can come together for some fun games, bands, a pep rally, and food trucks to welcome back Kingwood High School #LHABack2Biz

For more updates on business re-openings and locations: visit LHABackToBiz.org

February 13 - Kings Harbor

Midway Real Estate gave an update on the rebuilding on Kings Harbor businesses
– Pretty Little Things Boutique has their temporary pop-up shop in Atascocita catering to their loyal customers

– November partial re-openings of Joseph Chris Partners Executive SearchComfort & Care Medical Supply Inc, and Orion Engineered Carbons LLC on the second flood

– Felicia Cumby owner of Dapper Darlings will open a new Edward Jones location at Kings Harbor

– Planned expansions of Kings Harbor Businesses (Pretty Little Things BoutiqueZammitti’s Italian RistoranteSharky’s, and Orion Engineered Carbons LLC)

– Capital Title – Kingwood reopened in December 2017

– Chimichurri’s South American Grill has begun reconstruction in January 2018 with Raffa’s Waterfront Grill and Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante not far behind

– Updated Kings Harbor Website and Marketing strategy

For full press release go to www.kings-harbor.com !

Congrats to all Kings Harbor Businesses and good luck to your rebuilding process!

In-Person Resources

Lake Houston Area Disaster Recovery Center
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.

Humble Senior Activity Center
1401 S Houston Avenue
Humble TX 77338
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; 7 days a week

Online Resources

The Business Disaster Recovery Workshop (Sept. 14) featured speakers from the SBA Disaster Relief Team, Small Business Development Council (SBDC), and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Watch now: PART 1  PART2

FEMA – Hurricane Harvey Resource Page
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

FEMA — Faith-Based, Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations Grant Info Page

https://goo.gl/QxGDkg

IRS – Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas 

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-harvey-in-texas

SBA – Hurricane Harvey Recovery

SBA Disaster Loan Fact Sheet

https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants/see-what-sba-offers/sba-loan-programs/disaster-loans/2017-hurricane-harvey-recovery-assistance

SBA – Disaster Loan Assistance – eligible areas, apply online, and application status
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Lake Houston Area Relief Fund – grants eligible for home owners and small businesses

Grant information

 

SBDC- Lone Star College Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarCollegeSBDC/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
SBDC Lone Star Direct Contact:
Miguel A. Lopez, Executive Director: Miguel.lopez@lonestar.edu, 281-290-3745

Texas Workforce Commission – Disaster Unemployment Assistance
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance

Re-Opening Dates

 

March

5 – Chase Bank

10 – Frosty Frog Snowcones

12- Hacienda Palomas Mexican Grill

16 – Papa Murphy’s (Kingwood)

18 – Kohls (Humble) *

19 – Kingwood High School

31- Old Navy

TBA – Carters

TBA – Today’s Vision (Humble)

TBA – Kingwood Bagel

April

17 – Le Madeline

TBA – Hampton Inn

TBA – Marshalls *

May

TBA – James Edger Support Center – Humble ISD*

June

TBA – Lake Houston YMCA*

 

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