LiftFund’s Hurricane Relief Support Programs for Small Business Owners
Small businesses are an engine for economic prosperity, and the backbone of the U.S. economy. When natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, micro businesses are critical to rebuilding communities— but they often need support to get back on their feet.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses will never reopen after a disaster and, from those that do, only 29% will still be in operation after two years. LiftFund has historically helped small businesses and communities after natural disasters—Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Ike (2008), Sandy (2012) – and now we are ready to help the Texas Gulf coast and Florida rebuild after the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
One year after Hurricane Harvey, LiftFund has provided $5 million in capital to 237 small businesses in the gulf coast region. The businesses served through this loan program are diverse: 73% were under 10 years in business; 51% women-owned; 64% entrepreneurs of color and combined created 284 full-time jobs.
To determine if your business is located in one of the hurricane affected counties, click here.
Texas Small Business Rebuild Initiative
LiftFund, with the support of local and national partners, has created a relief fund to support small business owners in the recovery process. Full Press Release
- LiftFund relief loans are up to $35,000 at 0% interest.
- Funds can be used to restore their storefronts, refurbish or purchase equipment and increase inventory
Join us: Free Financial Assistance Events
Take Action Now Event – Port Arthur | Tuesday, OCT 23 – 4 TO 7 PM
Carl Parker Multipurpose Center | 1800 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640
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Take Action Now Event – Beaumont | Wednesday, OCT 24 – 4 TO 7 PM
Foundation of Southeast Texas | 700 North Street, Beaumont, TX 77701
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Take Action Now Event – Baytown | Thursday, OCT 25 – 9 TO 12 PM
Workforce Solutions – Baytown | 4308 Garth Road, Baytown, TX 77521
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Take Action Now Event – Orange | Tuesday, OCT 30 – 4 TO 7 PM
Orange County Convention & Expo Center | 11475 FM 1442, Orange, TX 77630
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Take Action Now Event – Liberty | Wednesday, OCT 31 – 9 TO 12 PM
Liberty City Hall | 1829 Sam Houston Street, Liberty, TX 77575
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Funding and Financing Partners
Our small business relief efforts are made possible with the generous support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Rebuild Texas, a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Office of the Texas Governor’s OneStar Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; Groupon; and other generous donors to help lift those small businesses and communities affected. LiftFund and our partners stand strong with the small businesses and our special assistance programs aim to help them get back on their feet. If you are interested in contributing to our Hurricane Relief Fund, please Donate Today!
To learn more about the stats and impact of Hurricane Harvey, click here.
To learn more about our clients and keep up with the rebuilding process in their communities, please visit our blog post: Communities Rebuild after Harvey.
If your small business has been impacted and is need capital to rebuild your business, please give us a call at 888.215.2373 or email us at TexasRebuildSB@liftfund.com. We’re here to support you.