The Texas General Land Office is managing $100 Million in CDBG grant funds to distribute to small businesses. If you are able to distribute to your constituents please feel free to do so.

— Watch Live Webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. —

Texas Back in Business to host webinar for Hurricane Harvey-affected small businesses

New economic revitalization program awarding $50,000 up to $250,000 to qualified small businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN – On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., Texas Back in Business will host a webinar for small business owners damaged by Hurricane Harvey. This webinar is especially designed for those who have not been able to attend outreach presentations being held in the 49 eligible counties. The new federally funded program is awarding $50,000 up to $250,000 in disaster relief and qualified Texas small business owners have until March 2, 2020, to apply at no cost online at  TexasBackInBusiness.com

WHO:  Texas Back in Business, Hurricane Harvey recovery program for small businesses
WHAT:  Live webinar presentation
WHEN:  Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Visit recovery.texas.gov/tbib to access the live stream. 

Please register using Webex. Attendees will not need a password or registration ID. You may need to download Webex. Please follow the instruction prompts. To join audio only:

+1-415-655-0001

Access code: 668 573 392

For persons needing special accommodations, email cdr@recovery.texas.gov for assistance.

Texas Back in Business funds may create or retain much-needed jobs and can be used for operating capital, repairs, inventory, machinery, equipment, supplies and other expenses directly related to the business.

To meet the minimum eligibility requirements, a small business must:

  • Have been in business on August 25, 2017;
  • Be defined as a small business by the Small Business Administration; 
  • Have experienced damage from Hurricane Harvey; and
  • Be located in one of the 49 Hurricane Harvey impacted countiesdeemed eligible by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for disaster recovery funds.

Texas small business owners can still apply for the program at no cost online at TexasBackInBusiness.com. Potential applicants can review the FAQ section of the website to learn more about the program requirements and what will be needed to successfully complete the application process. If their business meets the basic qualifications, applicants will be entered into a random selection process to give all applicants an equal opportunity for the program. If selected, applicants will then be contacted via email to schedule an office or site visit with a grant officer to confirm the business’s qualifications for funding approval and the amount of grant qualification.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). In the state’s Hurricane Harvey CDBG-DR action plan, the Texas General Land Office allocated $100 million for an economic revitalization program to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey. For more information, please visit TexasBackInBusiness.com.