Bar Chart Race: Greater Houston’s COVID-19 Unemployment Rates

While Galveston County was hardest hit early on, the local government’s response seems to have slowed the job decline. Unemployment rates across the country are way up in response to decreased demand and lockdowns across the planet because of COVID-19. In Greater Houston, the effects of the coronavirus on the local job market began by […]

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Galveston County Sales Tax in the Time of Coronavirus

Through adversity and resilience, Galveston County’s economy has remained relatively strong through one of our nation’s darkest economic downturns. As reported by the Comptroller’s office, the first four months of sales tax figures have been released and are available for download. While the month of April showed was hard for many cities, the sales tax […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Funding for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is a law meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. We’ve crafted this six-page infographic to explain the business, individual and healthcare benefits it provides. The CARES Act contains at least two provisions designed to get economic stimulus money into the […]

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Texas SBA Loan Application Now Available

Earlier today, Governor Abbot announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus. Next Steps: Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA […]

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Coronavirus Resources for Business

Report Local Galveston County Economic Development Issues: Please report economic issues relating to coronavirus in Galveston County. Closures, layoffs, significant changes to commercial and industrial real estate, etc. here. Coronavirus Guidelines for America Download full size. Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC) The CDC has published interim guidance for businesses and employers based on […]

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