PPP, EIDL and COVID Funding Programs Webinar with SBA: Jan. 13, 2021

For information regarding which Lake Houston area banks are offering PPP Loans, call 281-414-4111

Houston COVID-19 Resources

With the U.S. reporting an increased number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, it’s important that businesses of all sizes and sectors continue to monitor the situation and are as prepared as possible to protect the health of their workers. Please use this page to view the latest updates and resources.

Governor’s Report To Open Texas

Governor Abbott released the Report to Open Texas, which lays out the plan for reopening a group of closed businesses across the state in a phased approach. On April 27, Governor Abbott released the Report to Open Texas, which lays out a clear plan for reopening closed businesses across the state in a phased approach. In the ensuing weeks, the Governor has signed a series of executive orders outlining reopen timelines and safety protocols for specific industries.

Access the full report via the link below and find guidance by sector.

State Reopen Protocols By Industry

Work Safe Resources for Houston Area Employers

Mandatory Mask Requirement in Commercial Establishments

On June 19, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an executive order requiring all businesses and commercial entities in the county that provide goods or services directly to the public develop, post and implement a Health and Safety Policy. This policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and customers wear a mask while on the premises when in close contact with others.


Rethink Reopen Rebound

The Partnership Lake Houston is here to help support business efforts to safely reopen your business and help our area’s economy recover. We have crafted a series of questions to help you RETHINK how to REOPEN in order to safely & successfully REBOUND.


Managing COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace

The Houston Partnership has developed this resource to provide a step-by-step process for how to respond to work-related cases. The document also addresses key legal considerations when taking these steps and the advantages and disadvantages for utilizing digital data management tools.


Business Resiliency Planning

Developed in partnership with The UPS Foundation, Resilience in a Box is based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.

Health & Safety Signage for Businesses

A comprehensive toolkit of guidance documents, signage, etc. are available for download in a single package.


Reopen Houston Safely Report

Lake Houston Area Chamber collaborated with regional leaders as part of the Greater Houston Partnership’s initiative to produce the Reopen Houston Safely Report. This report uses the frameworks of federal and state guidance and considers the unique healthcare conditions and industry needs in the Houston region. These guidelines and resources are intended to support businesses as they reopen and remain focused on the steps needed to resume work safely, sustainably and successfully.

Reopen Houston Safely - Monitoring Dashboard

The dashboard collaboration with the Texas Medical Center and Houston Partnership includes a compilation of critical metrics spanning healthcare factors, economic metrics and local measures of citizen activity. A combined reading of these metrics can inform state and local elected officials and business leaders as we navigate the path to recovery.

CDC: Safety Practices for Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to COVID-19

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

OSHA: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus in the workplace.


Industry Best Practices for Reopening

To ensure the safe, sustainable and successful reopening of our local economy, the Partnership has curated these industry best practices and trade association guidance to help businesses develop plans to protect the health of their employees and minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Businesses have a vested interest in getting this reopening right. They want to keep their employees and customers safe — and feeling safe.

High Touch Sectors
Reopen Guidance
Operation Open Door Checklist
A Blueprint for Shopping Safe
What We’ve Learned
Back to Work Guidelines
SAFE Retail: Considerations for Retail Operations Post COVID-19
General Guidance
Public Health Principles for a  Phased Reopening
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Guidance for Workplaces
Guidance for Critical Workers
Office/Knowledge Sectors
Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19

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The Pandemic Playbook for Technology Solution Providers

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Reopening the World’s Workplaces

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The Workbook for Back to the Workplace Readiness

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Healthcare Sector
COVID-19 Resource Center

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Guide for Private Practices

View Guidance (Registration Required)

Reopen Toolkit

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Resources to Address COVID-19

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Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

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Industrial Sector
COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations

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Industry Resource Page

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Coronavirus Resource Page

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Pandemic Resources & Information

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American Renewal Action Plan

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Logistics/Transportation Sector
Cleaning Best Practices

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COVID-19 Facts & Guidance

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Small Business Sector
Small Business Toolkit

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Small Business Resources in Response to Coronavirus

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Social Service Sector
Social Work Safety
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Guide for Nonprofits
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Guidelines for Child Care Centers
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Education Sector
COVID-19 Support and Guidance

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Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal package of measures to provide economic support to the business sector, employees, individuals, and families in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Paycheck Protection Program

Applications Open: Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act , the Paycheck Protection Program  (PPP) provides federally guaranteed loans to small businesses to assist with economic downturn during pandemic.

US Chamber Guide to ERTC

Guide published by the US Chamber that explains eligibility, amount of tax credit, which employees can be counted, and how one is paid.

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Under the CARES Act , the ERTC provides tax credit to private employers, including non profits who are closed or experiencing downturn and revenue loss during COVID 19 pandemic.


Economic Disaster Recovery Loan

Applications Open: The EIDL asists businesses, renters, and homeowners affected by declared disasters.

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to assist small and medium-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis and offering loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers and less than $2.5 billion in revenue.

US Senate Guide to CARES Act

Use this guide as a source of information about the major programs and initiatives that are available from the SBA and Treasury.

Small Business Administration Resources

Additional funding resources are available for small and medium sized businesses to aid in disaster recovery.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Other SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBA Daily Webinars

The SBA Houston District Office provides the latest information from SBA to help small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus.

SBA: 3 Step Process for Disaster Loans

Follow this guide to apply for Disaster Assistance

Houston Area SBA Lenders

List and link to all SBA lenders in the Houston Area

State & Local Recovery Resources

State and local governments have developed resources to assist businesses navigating the current situation and recovery.


Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund

Harris County is accepting applications for its $30 million grant program targeting lower income businesses with 30 or fewer employees. The program offers grants up to $25,000 to qualifying businesses, prioritizing those which have not received prior financial assistance related to COVID-19. The deadline to apply is July 24 at 3:30pm CT.

Governor’s Report To Open Texas

This detailed report helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.

Office of Texas Governor Business Resource Site

COVID-19 updates, resources and information  compiled by the Office of Texas Governor.

City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Program

The 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. 

Texas Association of Business Resource Toolkit

Texas Association of Business is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

Texas Workforce Commission Coronavirus Resources

State resources including information for employers impacted by COVID-19.

Texas COVID Relief Fund

The Texas COVID Relief Fund will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education.

U.S. Dept of Labor Resource Site

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

Additional Business Resources



Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide

Resources for small businesses compiled by the US Chamber including toolkits and financial relief options.

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers

This interim guidance pertains to critical infrastructure workers, including personnel in 16 different sectors of work who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Public Health Resources

Harris County Resources

Our community plays a vital part in helping  stem the spread of COVID-19. The county has compiled an overview that includes screening tool, public health resources, Stay at Home Order and other pertinent resources.

Harris County Disaster Recovery

Updates, housing and financial assistance, mental health and other general information to assist during Coronavirus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services 

DSHS is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. Includes case counts, Texas Executive Orders & Public Health Disaster Declaration and other resources.

City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

Updates of local cases and resources around the City of Houston

COVID-19 Screening Locations

Things to consider when looking for a
drive-thru testing site and test results.

World Health Organization

Global case updates, travel advise and more from WHO

US Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Latest information from the CDC on the US response to the coronavirus.

John Hopkins: Case Dashboard

Live look at confirmed cases around the world by country and region.

Lake Houston Area Community 

Humble ISD

Humble ISD schools closed through Friday, May 1. Online learning and meal distribution will continue while buildings are closed.

City of Humble

In an effort to be proactive in combating the prevalence and spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 23 city facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Includes a list of closures and more information.

Lone Star College- Kingwood

Lone Star College-Kingwood facilities are closed through April 30. LSC Online classes resumed March 23 and all remaining online classes resume April 13. Learn more about how LSC is responding to this developing situation.

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