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Five Months After Harvey, How Are Houston’s Small Businesses Doing?

Not all firms have been able to fully come back

Florian Martin
Anastasia Gentles, co-founder of NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care, celebrates the reopening of her Humble branch five months after it was destroyed by flooding from Harvey.

In September, we reported on one Houston business that lost one of its seven branches to flooding.

Five months later, NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care in Humble is celebrating its reopening.

Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Anastasia Gentles said business is coming back.

"It's flu season, so everybody is inundated, so it's picked up really, really well," she said. "And it's helped us kind of get out of the hole and get back to where we need to be."

Gentles said they spent upward of $400,000 for the renovation and replacement of equipment and estimates they suffered another "couple of hundred thousand" in lost business.

Overall, many businesses are on their way to recovery, said Roberta Skebo, with the Small Business Development Center in Houston.

"But we have found that there are still some businesses that are struggling primarily because they were not eligible to obtain capital."

Roger Busch, with the Small Business Administration, said the agency has so far approved about $363 million in loans to Texas businesses since Harvey.

It has approved just more than one-quarter of applications.

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