Newsletter April #1 2021
March Chamber Luncheon

Join us Thursday April 22 at Marais for our monthly luncheon. Purchase your meal ticket below.

Join us as we unveil our new STEAM and Administration buildings, as well as break ground on our Industrial Careers Building!

About this Event
College of the Mainland will be Laying the Foundation for the Future during a special ribbon cutting and groundbreaking celebration of our new facilities on Friday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
You are cordially invited to join us for this momentous occasion.
  • 2 p.m. – Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Presentation
  • 3 p.m. - Community Open House and Tours
Made possible through our 2018 Bond Program, we thank you for your support as we work to continue meeting the growing needs of our students and community.
COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect including mask requirements and social distancing measures.

The U.S. Small Business Administration officially opened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today at 11 a.m. for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as those eligible entities are some of the first that had to shutter their doors a year ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SVOG program was appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. Of these funds, at least than $2 billion is reserved for eligible SVOG applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to a maximum amount of $10 million for a single grant.

The SBA is accepting SVOG applications on a first-in, first-out basis and allocating applicants to respective priority periods as it receives applications. The first 14 days of SVOG awards, which are expected to begin in late April, will be dedicated to entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second 14 days (days 15-28) will include entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020. Following those periods, SVOG awards will include entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.


Great time at the Chamber of Commerce's FIRST of many Farmer's Market. KDB celebrated Arbor Day at the event, giving away 350 Cherrybark Oak and Swamp White Oak seedlings. We had a great visiting with old and new friends and getting 350 more trees in Galveston County's landscape. KDB is looking forward to next month's Market on May 1st, where we will tell you all about the detrimental issues with FOG and wipes. Stop by our booth to find out more!
Blooming on the Bayou
The Plant Swap was a HUGE success, with over 200 attendees in a 4 hour period. It was great seeing folks sharing their passion for growing and greening! KDB exchanged 50 Oak seedlings for a wide variety of plants, and awarded 30+ pairs of gardening gloves to attendees that knew the meaning behind the message "Don't Mess With Texas", 30 participated, 30 got the correct answer "Don't Litter"! Great day, great event, thank you Joan Malmrose and John Dougan for organizing the event.
Additional Events
Buccaneers on the Bayou

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4 PM CDT
Price: Free
Public  · Open to anyone.
Parade will start at Tropical Gardens/Gum Bayou and will end at the 646 Bridge. Family friendly fun!