Houston Small Businesses Face Uncertain Futures after Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey hit Houston with a vengeance, leaving behind overwhelming flooding and destruction. While much focus has rightfully been on families who lost their homes, another concern is the future of small businesses in the Houston area. One news source estimated that 99 percent of companies in the city were categorized as small businesses, and affected owners all have a rockyroad ahead of them.
Large corporations, including medical or oil companies and big box retail chains, have the capital to not only make necessary repairs in a timely manner but also to absorb losses caused by the flooding. On the other hand, most small businesses do not have huge reserves of cash to help rebuild, especially with an interruption in operations. However, most small business owners do have one important characteristic—determination. The same determination that helped them start their own enterprises can now help them recover after this disaster.
Assessing Damage and Covering Costs
Harvey caused damage to small businesses in many ways, including:
Physical damage to brick-and-mortar locations
Lack of a workforce if employees cannot make it into work
Disconnection with suppliers and vendors who cannot make deliveries
Loss of clients as the public is also struggling with serious losses
In addition,you mightcontinue as many operations as possible remotely or with a skeleton crew if you lack employees. Scaled-back operations are better than none. If you work in an industry that can contribute to repairs around the Houston area, mobilize as fast as possible to book as many jobs as you can. For your own location, do the minimum amount of repairs up-front to get running again and complete additional repairs over time.
If youdo not feel like rebuilding isfinancially viable for your business, it is importanttounderstand how toproperlydissolve your business. A disaster is not an excuse to ignore anyprevious ownership agreements,and you should always discuss your situation with an experienced business lawyer before taking action to close your business.
AtThe Weisblatt Law Firm, we have seen firsthand the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harveyduringthe past weeks—for residents and business owners alike. We are here to assist small businesses in any way we can, whetherby providing guidance to rebuild or windup operations. Please contact our Houston business attorneyonlineor by calling(713)714-4634 to speak with a member of our dedicated legal team today.
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