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Office of Business Opportunity

Office of Business Opportunity

The Office of Business Opportunity is committed to cultivating a competitive and diverse economic environment in the City of Houston by promoting the success of small businesses and developing Houston’s workforce, with special emphasis on historically underutilized businesses and disenfranchised individuals.

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COVID-19 Related Information and Updates

  • Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration
  • If you have questions on whether a business is essential, call 832.839.6941
  • COVID-19 Houston Resource Pack (.pdf)
  • City of Houston COVID-19 information & updates

COVID-19 Related Resources for Small Businesses

  • Small Business Community COVID-19 Resiliency Survey
  • Micro Loans available through Opportunity Fund
  • Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses
  • SBA Disaster Relief Program – Loan Apps
  • Liftfund: COVID-19 Disaster Relief Programs
  • Accelerator plans free series to help small businesses hurt by
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Office of Finance

Special Notice for Our Veterans and Their Families:
US Flag Folded and EncasedOur office supports VA organizations and their financial needs.  For Veterans in crisis and their family and friends, please access the Veterans Crisis Line Website.  For assistance or questions with Veteran benefits and services, to include benefits checks, access to claim folders, medical, or burial, please visit the Veteran Services website or call (800) 827-1000.  Thank you for your service and support.

Bar graph and stock ticker imageThe Office of Finance, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance (VA’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer), has more than 400 staff located in the Office of Financial Policy, and two field sites:  the Financial Services Center (FSC), along with the Office of Internal Controls (OIC), in Austin, Texas, and the Debt Management Center (DMC) in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Learn more »

For more information or questions, call (877) 353-9791.


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BI capabilities in Excel and Office 365

Business intelligence (BI) is essentially the set of tools and processes that people use to gather data, turn it into meaningful information, and then make better decisions. In Office 365 Enterprise, you have BI capabilities available in Excel and SharePoint Online. These services enable you to gather data, visualize data, and share information with people in your organization across multiple devices.


What do you want to do?



Use Excel to gather and visualize data


Step 1: Get data


Step 2: Visualize data


Step 3: Add filters


Step 4: Add advanced analytic capabilities


Use SharePoint Online to share and view workbooks


Use Power BI to access more BI capabilities in the cloud

Use Excel to gather and visualize data

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