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SBA Houston District Office  - June 22, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness 

The SBA Houston Office will walk you through the latest issued official guidance.

Monday June 22 at 11:00am CDT - JOIN HERE LIVE

Wednesday June 24 at 11:00am CDT - JOIN HERE LIVE

Friday June 26 at 11:00am CDT - JOIN HERE LIVE 


PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Overview

PPP funds are still available, but program ends June 30th.  EIDL is open to ALL qualifying small businesses. Learn the program basics and how to apply.

Tuesday June 23 at 11:00am CDT - JOIN HERE LIVE

Thursday June 25 at 11:00am CDT - JOIN LIVE HERE 


Q&A Session with SBA Leadership

Ask your disaster recovery & small business questions in this 30 min. daily interactive session (limited to first 30 participants)

Monday June 22-Friday June 25 at 1:00pm CDT

CLICK HERE TO JOIN (ID: 751 9970 0004; Password:1hwVfQ) 


Información en español esta semana

Descripción general del programa PPP/EIDL- Este seminario describirá los programas PPP y EIDL. Los fondos del PPP todavía están disponibles; Actualmente, EIDL ahora  está abierto para todas las empresas.

Lunes 22 de junio- 11:00am CDT- CLICK HERETO JOIN

Perdón de préstamo PPP- Este seminario los guiará a través del proceso de solicitar el perdón del préstamo PPP.

Jueves 25 de junio- 11:00am CDT- CLICK HERE TO JOIN   

Hablemos de negocios y el Censo!- Por qué es importante el Censo y cómo usar las herramientas del Censo para ayudar a su negocio!

Miércoles 24 de junio de 2020- 11:00am CDT- CLICK HERE TO JOIN

(Password: 737887 or US: +1 346 248 7799, Webinar ID: 930 3410 7621)


Start, Grow, Expand, and Recover with these Webinars!


Prepare for your Next Disaster, Now! -Tax Day Floods, Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19; disasters strike without warning. Now is the time to prepare your Small Business so that you can rebound and not become a negative statistic. STAY IN BUSINESS! Join us to learn about small business insurance, rainy-day investment savings and how to recover and open quickly following any disaster beyond your control!   
Monday, June 22 at 9:00am CDT CLICK HERE TO JOIN


SBA Loans: Roadmap to Success - The SBA will provide a detailed overview of its most popular SBA loan programs, including the 7(a) and 504 loan programs.  Very beneficial information will also be highlighted regarding the SBA's resource partners and the excellent value they contribute to the success of small businesses.  
Monday June 22 at 2:00pm CST Click Here to Join



Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB) - To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the WOSB Federal Contracting Program allows contracting officers (COs) to set aside contracts for certified WOSBs and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses in eligible industries.  Tuesday  June 23 at 12:00pm CST -  Click Here to Join 

HUBZone Set-Aside Program - This program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts.  Before you can participate in the HUBZone program, you must be certified by the SBA. Learn the steps to get HUBZone certified.  Tuesday  June 23 at 2:00pm CST - Click Here to Join 

Introduction to Federal Contracting - The federal government is the world’s largest customer- buying all types of goods & services  Required by law, agencies provide contract opportunities to small businesses.  Attend this webinar to learn more and increase your customers.  Wednesday, June 24th at 10:00am CST - Click Here to Join



Let’s Talk Business and Census - Why the Census matters and how to use Census tools to help your business!  Brought to you by SBA, BakerRipley, and the U.S. Census.  Wednesday, June 24th at 10:00am CST Click Here to Join

(Password: 152772 or +1 669 900 6833, Webinar ID: 947 5276 9447)

Q & A with SBA - Spend your Friday afternoon talking to the SBA Houston District office. Easter Wright, Economic Development Specialist, will answer your business questions live. Friday June 26 at 2:00-4:00pm CST - Click Here to Join 


Is your small business burdened by Federal Government regulations?
We want to hear from you!

This will be a great opportunity for small business owners and stakeholder to interact with the SBA’s Office of Advocacy. This office represents you in Washington; to inform federal agencies and the US Congress on the regulations that should be modified or removed to help your small business thrive! Industries often affected most include Agriculture, Food Processing, Chemical, Trucking, Financial, and Medical, but all are welcome. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the SBA Houston Office leadership. 

Thursday, June 25 at 2:00pm CDT - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



Questions? Pease contact valerie.maher@sba.gov


SBA Houston District Office

8701 S Gessner Rd #1200
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (713) 773-6500



June 2, 2020

Disaster Recovery Q&A with SBA Leadership

SBA Leadership will answer your PPP and disaster recovery questions, 2 interactive sessions daily. Limited to the first 30 participants.

Monday - Friday 10:00am CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 731 6366 9195 Password: 9u37JG

Monday - Friday 2:30pm CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 739 6600 4323 Password: 8YcV3X


Navigating the PPP Loan Forgiveness

Have you received or applied for a PPP loan?
We will guide you through the official guidance related to PPP loan forgiveness.

Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00pm - CLICK HERE
Friday, June 5 at 1:00pm - CLICK HERE

Perdón de préstamo PPP
Este seminario los guiará a través del proceso de solicitar el perdón del préstamo PPP.
Jueves, 4 de Junio
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Have you applied for PPP or EIDL?

PPP funds are still available. EIDL open to agricultural businesses only. Hear an overview of each program.
9:00am CDT
Thursday, June 4: CLICK HERE

Alivio tributario del IRS por Coronavirus para negocios
Representantes de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios (SBA) y el Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS) proporcionarán información relacionada con el alivio del Coronavirus para los dueños de negocios.
Miércoles, 3 de Junio
Por teléfono: +1 (346) 248-7799; ID:949 2372 8121 PW:657591


Bringing Employees Back to Work

Many employers are beginning to prepare for re-starting normal work operations. Join employment law experts for a discussion of issues employers may encounter as they bring employees back into the workplace or recall employees from layoff or furlough and strategies to minimize risk in the process.
Thursday, June 4 at 1pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Non-Disaster Webinars

Non-Disaster SBA Financing- Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00pm:
The SBA will give an overview of some of its regular SBA loan programs such as 7(a) and 504 loans. Information will also be presented on some SBA Resource Partners and the services they offer, which are beneficial to the success of a small business.

Business Smart- GET SET: Wednesday June 3 at 9:00am:
This webinar covers what startup businesses as well as what new and existing businesses need to have available in order to apply for a loan. You will understand the initial steps to various types of financing available to a small business (whether a new business or already established business) as well as what lenders look for in a loan application.

8(a) Business Development Program: Thursday June 4 at 1:00pm:
To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program. Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:1)Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program; 2) Get a Business Opportunity Specialist to help navigate federal contracting;3)Form joint ventures with established businesses through the SBA's mentor-protégé program;4)Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Doing Business with the Federal Government: June 10 at 1:00pm CDT:
Hosted by the WBEA Women's Business Center. Join to hear SBA Houston Business Opportunity Specialists Easter Wright and Ida Benson speak about the opportunities you have to become a part of a huge market as a small business owner. You may qualify for SBA Federal Government enhancement programs based on a variety of factors including the primary location of your business and your social/economic status. Session will also include PPP Forgiveness Q&A with SBA leadership. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SBA Houston District Office
8701 S Gessner Rd #1200
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (713) 773-6500

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

Release Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Release Number: 20-41
Contact: press_office@sba.gov

Washington— Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
• Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
• Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
• Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
• Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
• Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf
to view the application and instructions.



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Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller:

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.

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New, In Effect May 31, 2020

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Click HERE or on the picture below to download the complete April 27 report to OPEN TEXAS - Texans Helping Texans - NOTE: The checklists in this report are no longer current. See the NEW checklists above.

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There are few business continuity plans that fully prepared organizations for the broad-stroke impacts of Covid-19. And while organizations responded with varying degrees of success, reaction over proactivity necessarily ruled. Now, as we look to the impending “return to work,” companies are either stepping up and taking highly proactive measures to ensure a safe work environment, or in some cases, pausing to see policy changes or receive specific guidance. The task at hand is not a simple retracing. There is no playbook for the acceleration and transformation we are about to begin.

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In the U.S., we benefit from observations and lessons learned as countries and economies navigate this path in other regions of the world. Additionally, the universal focus on Covid-19 has fostered an environment of collaboration previously unseen. Putting the best minds together enables resources that share the best thinking on everything from at-home recipe compilations and medical treatments for the virus to practical guides for organizations to have a safe restart. Yet, does that mean everyone is ready? How will we know if we ‘got it right’? And most importantly, what is the cost of not getting it right?
With often contraindicated trends for long-term economic impact and jobs outlook, organizational modeling can be further challenged. Plus, there’s the lack of control with key factors such as stay-at-home orders or additional stimulus packages. Staying informed of these shifting indicators may influence the pace at which organizations move in restarting their business. Ultimately, people must come first for a safe return for the short- and long-term.
Our mission has been and will continue to prioritize health while also ensuring the continued delivery of products and services your customers expect so our economy can continue to function. We are committed to providing up-to-date and proactive strategic support to minimize your business disruption.


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Census 2020 Job Opening

We need help in Austin County to get applicants for the 2020 Census taker jobs.
By working for the Census Bureau our community has a special opportunity to help make our community an accurate and complete count. The count happens every 10 years and needs to be as complete and accurate as possible. It helps to determine where $675 Billion dollars can be divided in our nation.

This money helps with:
• Medicaid
• School lunch programs
• Community development grants
• Road and school construction
• Medical services
• Business location


Census 2020 Job Opening

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