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Financial relief available to ranchers & farmers with business affected by COVID-19

USDA commits up to $16B in direct support to ranchers & farmers with business affected by COVID-19

Farmers and ranchers, those entrepreneurs in the livestock or crop producing industry affected by COVID-19, may qualify for financial relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA committed to providing $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and to assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and ...

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Entrepreneur tips & resources for business downturn

The Texas Veterans Commission’s Entrepreneur Program offers the following tips and resources to small businesses to face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business downturn.

Brainstorm creative ideas. Phone a friend, Zoom a business mentor, call a family conference.  Do not underestimate ideas of young children and teens whose tech savvy ideas may be just the right out-of-the box idea that moves your business forward.

Review business finances and cash flow. What expenses can be cut, suspended, or ...

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Business relief resources available for COVID-19 impact

Texas veteran business owners are facing multiple challenges as entrepreneurs brought on by the Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency. For business owners, resources are available to help provide relief to the impact caused by the state of emergency including the following.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business guidance and loan resources. For more information click on SBA COVID-19 resources.

The Texas Women’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched the AssistHer COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant. The grant is to assist ...

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Women Warriors business pitch competition awards MilkSpace as winner

Entrepreneur and Navy Veteran Kelli Mumphrey won the Women Warriors Winning the Business Battle Pitch Competition held in February. As winner, she receives a $500 line of credit to help fund her business, MilkSpace LLC.  MilkSpace provides pop up, mobile spaces for mothers to nurse children in a comfortable, clean environment and includes breast feeding essentials for them. Mumphrey was inspired to start the business based on her own experiences as a mom. The business pitch competition was an event ...

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Restauranteur’s dream takes wing

Career chef Kemar Ballentine-Harris’ business dream became reality with the opening of his own restaurant, Wings of Waco, in January 2020. To help get his business started, Ballentine-Harris used the services of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP).

His culinary talent is indisputable, having prepared meals for former U.S. Presidents George Bush, Sr.; George Bush, Jr. and Barack Obama. His career further includes being a chef at the Ritz Carlton in Washington D.C. and on commercial cruise lines. ...

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