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An eating area alongside the San Antonio River Walk.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

As businesses in San Antonio take down those big, hand drawn signs that say “closed for quarantine,” they’re grappling with the lingering possibility of a second wave of COVID cases.

One small business that never closed its doors has been navigating those same fears for two months, and has struck an uneasy balance between safety and economic survival.

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It’s only been 30 years since the passing of H.R. 5050 in the United States, which granted women the right to secure business loans without a male co-signer and created the National Women's Business Council

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Black entrepreneurs tend to struggle with maintaining financial stability and therefore, have trouble growing their businesses, according to an African-American Business Enterprise survey.  

Tea Party Vs. Business Establishment? Hensarling Leads Bid to Kill Export-Import Bank

Jun 9, 2015
The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — About two years ago, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling — a Dallas Republican and Phil Gramm protégé pegged by some as an ascending GOP star — set his sights on a relatively obscure federal agency that is beloved by national business leaders and is important to Texas’ economy. 

The Export-Import Bank of the United States should die, Hensarling says. And since becoming chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2013, Hensarling has been in a position to try to make that happen. The bank's charter expires June 30, and unless Congress reauthorizes it, the institution created by former President Franklin Roosevelt 81 years ago will be on track for a phase-out.  

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AUSTIN — Divisive efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized ended Wednesday night with conservative finger-pointing and opponents feeling relieved.

The first session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will end next week without a measure that gay rights activists considered one of the harshest in any U.S. statehouse: restrictions that would prohibit government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Bill That Makes It Harder to Sue Insurers Clears Texas Senate

May 1, 2015
Charlie Pearce / The Texas Tribune

A controversial bill that would make it harder for homeowners and companies to recover certain damages from their insurance companies — cheered by the insurance industry and criticized by liberal groups and some businesses — cleared the Texas Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 1628 by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would make broad changes to the way homeowners and businesses can sue insurance companies who don’t deal with them fairly, or don’t adequately pay out on claims made under property and casualty insurance policies, such as losses after a storm, fire or accident.

The bill would establish a two-year time limit on seeking claims.