April 14, 2020
Members and Supporters,

Another week of #StayingAtHome and I know some of you are feeling a bit isolated! It’s been a challenge not engaging with members in-person and having that connection. So…we are rolling out more virtual networking to keep you connected! Our first virtual Brewing Up Business was a huge success, so we are launching our Chamber Connect this week. An hour of online virtual networking and connection. Grab your favorite drink, login to zoom and CONNECT with other members.
The Facebook Member Group continues to grow! If you are a member, please request access via Facebook Member Group . We are sharing out COVID-19 updates as well as lighter topics such as food pics, etc. Come join in and CONNECT with fellow Chamber Members. Share what you’ve been up to during this time. We love hearing from our members. 
Check out the ChamberCares update and how our Members are helping other Members and learn how you can support healthcare workers and first responders.
We have some great webinars coming up as well so check out the events calendar and register.

It’s a challenging time but We Are All In This TOGETHER . If you need anything please call the Chamber Office at 832-510-3002 or email info@houstonlgbtchamber.com . We are here for you.
Tammi Wallace
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Harris County Business Survey
Below is a link to a survey that will help evaluate the impacts to the business community within Harris County from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This data will help evaluate the businesses being impacted by this event. The Harris County COVID Business Survey is provided as a situational awareness resource tool for Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM).
Are you looking for an SBA Lender for the PPP program? Check the latest list of SBA lenders, from the SBA Houston District Office, which are offering PPP. If you don’t have a lending relationship, this list compiled by the SBA Houston District Office highlights those lenders who are accepting new clients.
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber would like to express our appreciation to the SBA Houston District Office. Thank you to Tim Jeffcoat, Houston District Office District Director and the local team for all you are doing to support small businesses during this very challenging time! We are proud to call the SBA one of our strategic partners.
Upcoming Events & Webinars

Check the Events Calendar frequently for more webinars. Do you have an idea for a webinar you would like to see? Email info@houstonlgbtchamber.com to share your thoughts. Would you like to present a webinar? Complete the Program Proposal Form .

We know that during this time our members need us now more than ever. We will continue programming through video-conference to provide opportunities for new resources, skills and leads.
ChamberCares Has Launched!
As you’ve likely seen, we launched ChamberCares to support our healthcare workers and first responders!

We already see members supporting members and at the same time getting needed food to frontline responders. In fact, this week there are multiple ChamberCares food deliveries scheduled for both Legacy Community Health and SignatureCare ER. Thank you, to our corporate partners, Maggiano's , who generously donated food to Legacy.

How about our amazing member ORION EMS , who donated food last week through ChamberCares to some very appreciative nurses. The food was supplied by Chamber Member and participating ChamberCares member, Harold’s Restaurant and Tap Bar . Check out the video from Harold’s!

Can you help us spread the word about ChamberCares? Also, consider placing an order from one of our participating ChamberCares members to support healthcare workers and first responder. #MembersHelpingMembers ♥. Thank you for your support!
ADP Employer Preparedness Toolkit
This ADP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer Preparedness Toolkit was designed to help business owners navigate the challenges you and your workforce are facing. Here you’ll find FAQs, checklists, webcasts and articles to help guide your efforts. Click here for the Toolkit.
CARES Act Flow Chart
Here’s great graphic to understand both the EIDL and PPP programs. The CARES Act is critical for many small business owners during this time. Study this flow chart from the House Committee on Small Business. Get the full flow chart .
COVID-19 Member Survey
In an effort to continually understand how COVID-19 is impacting our membership, we are sharing out a link to a member survey. The results from the bi-monthly survey will assist the Chamber in providing resources and information during this challenging time. Please complete the member survey via https://conta.cc/2wW63QB.
COVID Resource Page
Check out the recent updates to the Chamber's COVID-19 Resource page here . We continue to update the COVID Resource Page with information to help our members navigate this challenging time.
Support Local
Please continue to support LGBTQ and Allied businesses. Have you seen the Chamber’s Support Local page? Buy gift cards and order online from a Chamber Member. Also, our nonprofits, many of which have had to cancel their spring fundraisers, need our support – please donate to those whose events you would have supported or consider an extra gift to nonprofits that are really struggling right now. Peruse our Chamber Directory or go online and call one of our members to say: “Hi, I’m a Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Member and just wanted to check in and see how you are doing and what I can do to support you."

How Can You Help This Week?
Join us in an effort to infuse revenue into our local economy by ordering takeout or delivery for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner this week from a Chamber member. We know that spending money in our local economy helps grow our general fund base, which will in turn support our residents, businesses and community as a whole.
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce | 832-510-3002 | info@houstonlgbtchamber.com | houstonlgbtchamber.com