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Consolidated Appropriations Act (The Act) - December 27, 2020

Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Working with our partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership and others, we have created a list of COVID-19 Resources.

This page will be updated as new information is available.  Please check this page and the links below for updates.  If you need additional assistance, please contact the Chamber Office.

U.S. Chamber  of Commerce Small Business Update - 12.30.2020

Chamber Corporate Partners - SBA Lenders for Round 2 PPP

Learn more about Amegy Bank PPP assistance here.
Assisting new borrowers in this round as well as existing clients. 

Chamber Point of Contact:
Clay Melder
Assistant Vice President
Community & Non-Profit Banking
Phone: 713-232-1008
Learn more about Bank of America's PPP assistance here.
Accepting applications from current clients and have a lending relationship (credit card) and an online ID.  If you have a banker assigned already, reach out to your contact or you can contact the Chamber Point of Contact below.   
Chamber Point of Contact:
Mary Morris
Vice President
Small Business Banker
Phone: 713-205-8917
Learn more about East West Bank's PPP assistance here.

Chamber Points of Contact:
Alex Chang
VP- Houston Area Manager

Phone: | 713.325.5236 | Cell: 281.254.3711

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Learn more about Regions Bank PPP assistance here.
Only existing clients will be accepted.

Chamber Point of Contact:
Christopher Goldman
VP/Branch Manager – Eldridge
Regions | 6910 North Eldridge Parkway | Houston, Texas 77041
Phone: 281-971-2300

Updates January 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Learn more about who can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas:

For all Texas COVID-19 vaccine information, go to

CARES Act - March 27, 2020

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Various states including Texas are adopting a phased reopening process.  The White House issued Guidelines for Opening America Again and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his plan to repoen Texas, Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas.

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Do you have a question about the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)?  Email to get answers to your questions.
Do you have questions about PPP?  Contact your lender with any questions.
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  • How to Support / Get Support - Restaurant need COVID help?  Texas Restaurant Association has started a relief fund - grants of up to $5K per unit for immediate financial needs.

  • National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - The NRAEF has created a program for Restaurant workers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and have suffered reduced hours or loss of employment. Starting April 2, 2020, impacted restaurant workers will be able to apply online for a one-time, $500 check to use towards housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. These grants will be administered by the NRAEF and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how your impacted employees can apply, visit RERF.US.
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Protect workers from potential exposure

  • Tax Updates - Small and midsize employers can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing employee leave related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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  • CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Sign up for COVID-19 email updates (Left column; scroll down)
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  • World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Outbreak Information.
  • The biggest way we can all help is to “flatten the curve” which means to have a community mitigation response (aka “social distancing”). Our goal as a community is to reduce the exponential growth which will result in a longer duration (i.e. this will last longer), but with less simultaneous cases putting our health care system in a better position to handle this.

    Measures such as the restrictions on large group gatherings, six feet of distance and overall social distancing are in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While this may seem like an overreaction to some, think of it this way – what is the downside of taking a proactive approach by practicing social distancing? And does that downside outweigh the alternative worst-case scenario?
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