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.

Latest News

#LHABack2Biz Update Feb 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

 

#LHABack2Biz Update Feb 13: Kings Harbor Press Release

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

Thank you to our media partners:

Observer3

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Re-Opening Dates

February

2 – Shoe Carnival

3 – Bel Furniture

3 – Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

8 – Justice

9 – Nightlight Pediatrics

12 – Wells Fargo

16 – Ulta

17 – Pier 1 Imports

17 – Office Depot

21 – Fuddruckers

25 – Target

26 – Pet Smart

TBA – Today’s Vision (Humble)

TBA – Hampton Inn

TBA – Papa Murphys (Kingwood)

March

5 – Chase Bank

18 – Kohls (Humble) *

19 – Kingwood High School

TBA – Old Navy

TBA – Toys R Us

TBA – Carters

TBA – Kingwood Bagel

April

TBA – Marshalls *

TBA – Le Madeline

May

TBA – James Edger Support Center – Humble ISD*

June

TBA – Lake Houston YMCA*

 

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