We all are aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses. Business owners are carrying the weight of monthly bills, payroll, and taxes while their businesses have been shuttered and their income shattered. Some have even been victims of crime.
As the top law enforcement official in Harris County, be advised that prosecutors and police are working 24/7 to identify, capture and prosecute criminals who have taken advantage of the crisis to further harm business owners and customers.
As we work from home, everyone can help by patronizing local businesses. When you need something, I am urging you to purchase it locally from a small business or a company that is Harris County or Texas-based.
Some ways we can help our small local businesses are:
- Buying gift cards from SPAs, cleaning services, restaurants, clothing stores as gifts or for personal use later.
- Check favorite local restaurants’ websites for take-out or special ingredient packages for special occasions now being celebrated at home.
- If you can, keep paying for on-going services like housekeepers, pet care, personal trainers, gyms, nail or hair salons who will likely be willing to return the support once re-opened.
As a part of my campaign, we will periodically let you know about local vendors who are (partially) open for business. This is not intended as an endorsement, just our way of trying to help the great people of our local economic engine.
DA Kim Ogg