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Disaster Relief Videos
August 3rd, 2020
Preparing Your Business for a Natural DisasterIs your small business ready for the next natural disaster?  LiftFund can help you prepare!Access these free resources at
HOPE Clinic's Restaurant Recovery Program
August 3rd, 2020
HOPE Clinic and BakerRipley are offering Food Industry Recovery Program to support restaurants. Applications for the third cohort of this program are now open. The program is virtual and is intended for business owners in the food industry who have been affected by COVID-19. With this training and access to coaching, businesses have the opportunity to connect with food experts, create a new strate...
2020 LiftOff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition
August 3rd, 2020
Liftoff Houston Applications Now Open Until August 10, 2020 | 11:59 PMOrientation is REQUIRED for Everyone Liftoff Houston is the City of Houston's annual business plan competition. It is an entrepreneurial initiative that aims to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own businesses while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Housto...
HOPE Clinic Rapid COVID-19 Testing
August 3rd, 2020
HOPE Clinic now offers Rapid COVID-19 test for SAME DAY RESULT!  Rapid antigen tests are nasal swabs . Rapid test will detect viral protein in an actively infected person. HOPE Rapid Test will offer you immediate, same day result. Testing is $120 and is covered by major insurances. HOPE Clinic offers sliding fee assistance for individuals needing assistance. An appointment required to schedule you...
Second Open Meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs
August 3rd, 2020
The August Open Meeting of the PAC-AAPI will discuss the ongoing work of advancing the economic and workforce development of AAPIs through the federal government. The public may attend virtually and provide comments during the open comment period.Date: Wednesday, August 5Time: 3:00 pm CST......
Deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan
August 3rd, 2020
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.......
COVID-19 recovery resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) entrepreneurs
August 3rd, 2020
Join the SBA for a virtual town hall about COVID-19 recovery resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) entrepreneurs on August 3. ...
SBA Houston Virtual Events - July 27-31
July 27th, 2020
SBA Topics include: EIDL/PPP Program overview, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Q&A Sessions, Federal Contracting (WOSB, HUBZone, 8a), Access to capital, SBIR/STTR. ...
COVID-19 Test Sites (UPDATES) - Week of July 13
July 19th, 2020
Current COVID-19 Testing Site (Updated) Resources in getting testing and list of sites....
Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund (UPDATED)
July 19th, 2020
(UPDATED) The Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund program (SBRF) is a $30 million grant program designed to assist small businesses operating in Harris County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can now obtain grants up to $25,000 to support their ongoing operations and to help business owners stay afloat as Harris County continues to fight the c...
AR, FL, GA, MI, NM, OK, and TX Economic Census Update
July 14th, 2020
This webinar will provide an update on the largest of the business programs conducted by the Census Bureau, the Economic Census. The status of the release of the data for AR, FL, GA, MI, NM, OK, and TX will be discussed, as will some key findings to date. Finally, the webinar will provide tips and tricks on how best to access these data on and how to use the materials on the Econom...
City of Houston calls local and Texas artists for $3 million public project
July 13th, 2020
The City of Houston has a number of strategies it uses to invest in arts and culture for the benefit of the City’s residents and to attract visitors. One of those strategies is funding the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) and art grants to organizations with Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) dedicated to the arts. A complete description of the City’s current cultural strategies can be found begin...
How To Do Business with METRO - July Workshop
July 13th, 2020
How To Do Business with METRO (Emphasis on Procurement #2) Wednesday July 15, 2020 10am — 11:30am Join us in this webinar/teleconference, we will discuss: Overview of Procurement & Small Business Program New Vendor Registration Process Overview of Procurement & Materials A Procurement Buyer's Role SB Program Procurement Requirements Certification Process Benefits of METRO's Procurement Website......
Activity Ranking for COVID-19 Risk
July 13th, 2020
BE INFORMED: Know Your Risk During COVID-19The Texas Medical Association has published a chart informing the risk level of COVID-19On a scale of 1 to 10, how risky is...Ranked by physicians from the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA......
U.S. MBDA Celebrates MED Week 2020 - Deadline July 15
July 10th, 2020
Celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, organizations and individuals that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing minority business enterprises by submitting a nomination, today! To nominate the businesses that have been pushing the needle of success forward, please visit the MED Week website (, no later than July 15, 2020.......
Liftfund - Join us for a conversation with female entrepreneurs
July 10th, 2020
Doors closed. Revenue lost. Layoffs. Outstanding debt. Global pandemic. Imposed restrictions. Demonstrations over racial injustice. Small business owners have experienced it all over the past three months.They have responded with resiliency, creativity, and purpose - but the road ahead is still uncertain.Join us Tuesday, July 14 at 12:00PM for a live virtual conversation with three minority women ...
MBDA - Webinar - Information about the HC Small Business Recovery Fund
July 10th, 2020
The Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund Program is a $30 million grant program designed to assist small businesses operating in Harris County that have been negatively impacted by the Covid 19 Pandemic. Register to learn about about the Fund and how to qualify.......
City of Houston: LiftOff Houston Business Plan Competition
July 10th, 2020
We are so excited to announce that application is NOW OPEN for the 2020 LiftOff Houston Business Plan Competition. The Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition engages and empowers Houstonians to achieve their dream of owning a business. The competition provides aspiring entrepreneurs with access to the essential tools, resources and support necessary to develop a sound business plan,...
Elevate the sHERO in You! Workshops Announcement
July 9th, 2020
OCA and the Center for Asian Pacific Women (CAPAW) will be hosting the annual AAPI Womxn's Summit: "Elevate the sHERO in You!" on July 13 to July 17, from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM ET.This year, our conference will be held digitally, and Monday through Friday evenings will consist of two sessions featuring a moderated panel of speakers and professional coaching and mentoring. Participants will be able to:Me...
ACC Webinar - Winning More Business for Your Business
June 30th, 2020
Join us for a wonderful webinar give by Past President of Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, Richard A. Huenber on "Winning More Businesses For Your Business". Tuesday, June 30th at 2pm CST....