Small business owners: How are you getting through this? Have you applied for loans? Considering furloughs? We want to hear from you

As new resources become available for small business owners, there is hope for some small business owners. (Courtesy Pexels)
As new resources become available for small business owners, there is hope for some small business owners. (Courtesy Pexels)

As new resources become available for small business owners, there is hope for some small business owners. (Courtesy Pexels)

New federal and local programs are coming online to provide support to small business owners.

Community Impact Newspaper is checking in with businesses to learn about their experience requesting and receiving aid, as well as other ways they are handling the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.


Your responses will help us provide additional information and resources to the communities we cover.

By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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