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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy, decimating American jobs and small businesses.

Councilmembers Rebecca Viagran (left) and Melissa Cabello Havrda pass out supplies to a small business owner at the Alamodome.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Thousands of business owners lined up at the Alamodome Wednesday for supply kits meant to protect their employees and customers.

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.

Tortilla chips on a restaurant table at Market Square.
Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Eager to dig the state out of a pandemic-fueled financial crisis, state leaders have given the green light to continue rebooting Texas' economy. Chief among concerns about reopening businesses is that rushing to do so will trigger a second wave of COVID-19 cases. 

About 70% of Latino-owned businesses who completed applications for the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program never received any funding before the pot was depleted in less than two weeks.

Representatives of three national Latino organizations explain how they’re stepping up to provide support and are lobbying to get future funds secured exclusively for minority-owned businesses. 


The federal government is spending $2 trillion to help individuals and entities hurt by the COVID-19 public health emergency. What's in the stimulus package and how could it help you?