Small businesses Hurricane Harvey relief fund

Eligible applicants will receive one-time grant of $1,000

HOUSTON – The Texas Black Expo and Emmy Award-winning producer, entrepreneur, and Houston native Rushion McDonald have teamed up to raise $100,000 for small businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Eligible applicants will receive a one-time grant of $1,000 within 48 business hours of application approval. (Click here to view the application.)

The grants can be used to replace office supplies, office furniture, office equipment, office cleanup and minor remodeling projects.

"One of the key focuses of the Texas Black Expo is strengthening businesses. We realize that strong businesses are the cornerstone of strong communities, so it is imperative that we do all we can to help small businesses recover so that our communities can come back stronger than ever," Texas Black Expo president and founder Jerome Love said.

McDonald, who has been nationally-recognized as a pioneer in supporting small business development for decades, said the mission resounded with him.

"For the past 20 years, I have celebrated the uplifting and growth of small businesses in this country. It is the reason I launched Money Making Conversations, a show that empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses," he said. "Partnering with Texas Black Expo to raise funds for hurricane-damaged small businesses is an opportunity to continue my small business support."

Anyone wishing to donate to the relief fund can visit and click on the Hurricane Harvey banner.

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