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12Mar, 2021

Small businesses not sure what to expect in 2021

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Small businesses are uncertain about the rest of 2021, weary of spending money, increasing marketing expenditures or adding new employees to the payroll. Even still, these business owners are optimistic that customers and revenue will grow.

Those are the key findings from a survey of 124 small businesses that are clients of McElvy Partners, a Houston-based company that works with more than 2,000 small businesses annually on marketing and customer growth strategies.

The survey, conducted the first two weeks of February 2021, asked small business owners to answer 10 questions about their business and their outlook for the remainder of the year. Respondents represented a mix of businesses, with 73 percent indicating they have anywhere between 2-25 employees. According to Small Business Trends, 90 percent of small businesses, nationally, have less than 20 employees.

Of those who responded to the survey over the phone or online, 65 percent had been in business for more than 10 years and 86 percent had been open five or more years. According to the SBA, only half of all small businesses remain open more than five years, weighting this survey heavily toward more successful business owners.

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*In partnership with McElvy Partners

9Mar, 2021

Enormous PPP changes for self-employed; some left behind

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The Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury have made another major change to the government’s stimulus plan for small businesses: the PPP changes for self-employed will allow a much bigger forgivable loan.

In a clarification to PPP, called an “Interim Final Rule,” Treasury changed the way available loans can be calculated for any business that uses Schedule C of IRS form 1040. Businesses that are sole proprietors, self-employed or even gig workers, are now allowed to determine their loan amount based on gross income, rather than net income.

Part of the PPP changes for self-employed is a punishment for any business owner that was diligent enough to submit an application when this second round of PPP began in early January.

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*In partnership with McElvy Partners

3Feb, 2021

Your Heights Chamber of Commerce in the Community

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As part of our community initiative, we have tools to help in the workplace and community.

From self-care for employers,  mental health, and etiquette in the workplace we have literature available for you to share with your staff and customers.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

COVID-19 and Mental Health

Healthy Heights

Mental Health

Self Care Tips

Stop Human Trafficking

Mindfulness in the Workplace

3Feb, 2021

Love Local: Federal American Grill

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Don’t miss our Love Local series for Buy Local Heights.

The Federal American Grill is a modern dining experience featuring fresh, locally sourced food and genuine service. Their restaurant features a modern American menu comprised of local organic meat and produce, locally-sourced fish and seafood, and an extensive cured meat and charcuterie program, all served with genuine old-school service. The lunch menu will allow diners with limited time the ability to get in and out within 30 minutes, with a meal that’s sure to please. Brunch lovers can enjoy Brioche French Toast, Braised Short Rib Benedict, Truffle Egg Sandwich and Chicken Pot Pie on Saturdays & Sundays. They have an amazing Valentines Menu for you and your love to enjoy. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VALENTINE’S MENU

The Bar is the perfect place to grab a quick bite for lunch and get caught up with the latest news or sports. Additionally, The Federal Grill offers an impressive array of artisan beer, American whiskeys and bourbons, and other spirits. The wine list features an equal mix of small vineyard wines and popular mainstream wines. The restaurant also offers an extensive list of wines by the glass.

26Jan, 2021

Staples Announces Chamber Discount Program!

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Staples Announces Chamber Discount Program!

Members of the Chamber of Commerce have access to special partner discounts every time they shop in store. They can save on an assortment of products, from signage to PPE to business essentials and more.

 

22Jan, 2021

Eat Local: Preslee’s – Southern Good Eatery

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Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights.

Preslee’s – Southern Good Eatery is a restaurant & bar with a back patio & playground for kiddos, friendly pets, & fire pit lovers.

If you’re looking for a place that serves your favorite drinks, tasty southern food, entertainment for your family, or a space to share with that special someone… head over to Preslee’s. 

Check out their menu here: http://ow.ly/Bitp30rtHUc

13Jan, 2021

Eat Local: Tony’s Mexican Restaurant

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Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights.

Tony’s Mexican Restaurant was established by owner Tony Vega with the first location opened in 1992 in the Heights area of Houston (Ella & 23rd), and recently opened the West location in Katy (I-10 & Barker Cypress). Both locations instantly hit it off, and are now very successful businesses with their family friendly atmosphere, classic and flavorful TexMex cuisine, and not to mention they have the best margaritas in town! Place your online order here: http://ow.ly/jdbZ30rssEf 

 

7Jan, 2021

Eat Local: Clean Juice Heights

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Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights.

Clean Juice Heights is a locally owned, certified organic juice and smoothie bar providing quick access to organic, healthy food. The specialize in fresh juices, smoothies protein smoothies, acai bowls, avocado toast and organic, cold-pressed juice and juice cleanses. Organic is non-negotiable for them and they pride themselves on making a truly health product in a timely manner. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/ZBxk30rrDu9