University of Houston Small Business Development Center
By Michelle Loredo
COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect small business owners locally and
nationally in the United States. As of July 28, 2020, there are 5,169active cases
in Galveston County, which is slowing down business in that surrounding
Brighter Day Quality Learning Center, the spread of COVID-19 put the thriving
business in jeopardy. “If I don’t get some financial assistance, I won’t be
able to stay open,” said business owner Janice Weatherspoon.
center is a co-ed early learning child center that ranges
from infants to 12-year-olds. It offers all day care
and after school care for older children and is also categorized as an
reached out to the Galveston County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Center for help in this unprecedented situation. The Galveston County SBDC team
of business advisors have helped her since 2009 from start-up, operations, to
loan and growth opportunities. This time, Program Manager Amy Reid helped her
through the challenges that COVID-19 posed on her learning center.
together and decided that the learning center should remain open,” said Reid.
“However, the learning center did unfortunately close from March to June
because many of the team members, including Weatherspoon, were considered high
risk. Her employees were furloughed, so I guided her and her employees through
the unemployment process.”
provided contacts and resources at Texas Workforce Solutions to make the
process as easy as possible. Now back in business, there are currently nine
employees out of 16 working. By August 2020, all employees will be return for
the 2020-21 school season.?
In an effort
to keep everyone safe, Weatherspoon have COVID-19 safety measures in
“Some of the
adjustments to keep everyone safe are limitations on the number of people in
the building, smaller class sizes, constant sanitation of the building and
following governmental health guidelines,” said Weatherspoon.
Weatherspoon get financial assistance to combat the
COVID-19 small business hurdles, Reid helped her through the process of
applying to SBA’s Economic Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL), and the Paycheck
Protection Program (PPP) - through a certified local lender.
was awarded a $10,000 EIDL advance, and $55,340 in the PPP loan. She used the
funds to bring back her employees without any pay cuts - even though the
learning center’s revenue is much lower than it was pre-COVID-19.
also need help in maximizing the PPP loan forgiveness. It became a challenge on
how to use the money correctly, so she would be eligible for the loan
forgiveness. Reid connected her to our SBDC CARES Act Specialist, Rebecca
Schultz, who then led Weatherspoon through the PPP forgiveness application
all the help Weatherspoon received from the Galveston County SBDC center, she
was able to keep moving forward.
her learning center have been a long-standing community contributor,” said
Reid. “It was my pleasure to have helped her acquire financial assistance and
advise her on reopening her learning center.”
If you need help maximizing loan forgiveness, please attend a live PPP webinar.
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