Economic Opportunity

To ensure that Harris County continues to thrive economically, we must ensure that all of our residents enjoy equal access to the economic opportunities available to them. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has made it a priority to invest in nurturing small and minority-owned businesses to level the playing field and give everyone a fair shot at the American Dream.

Key accomplishments include:

  • Published report on contracting disparities in Harris County that showed profound disadvantages in county contracting for minority and women-owned firms. Economic Opportunity Department being created in part to address those issues.

  • Established a $30 million Small Business Recovery Fund (SBRF) Program to assist struggling small businesses who have been unable to obtain financial assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs. The program will provide eligible businesses a grant of up to $25,000 to help cover payroll costs, rent, accounts payable, and other operating expenses. SBRF targets businesses with 30 or fewer employees and is designed to assist the most vulnerable Harris County small- and micro-enterprises impacted by the pandemic with mounting financial burdens. The SBRF is in addition to a $10 million fund Harris County established in early April for small businesses.