Local Consequence From Temporary Ban on Non-essential Travel

Last Friday’s budget deal avoided a government shutdown, but it came too late to avoid a temporary ban on non-essential travel by federal employees. Andrew Schneider looks at how the travel ban is affecting some local businesses.

corporate planeThe Women’s Business Center, located just outside the 610 Loop in Northwest Houston, was all set to hold its grand opening yesterday. It’s one of nearly 100 such centers the Small Business Administration operates around the country.

But last week, with a shutdown looming, the federal government put a hold on non-essential travel. April Day is the Houston center’s director.

“None of the SBA people would be able to be present, and we just couldn’t kick this wonderful program off without having our supporters there.”

The ceremony is being pushed back to early June, but the center is already up and running.

“If you are a woman or entrepreneur that has an idea, and you want to launch it and see if it makes sense for a business, we will assist you with starting your business plan, and then also assist you with preparing your loan applications for any kind of microlending that you might need.”

The prospect of a government shutdown also forced U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to postpone his trip to Houston. Kirk was scheduled to tour the Port of Houston and Houston Ship Channel on Monday.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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