Limestone Commercial Partners with City of Houston to Bring Commercial Real Estate Relief to Small Business Owners during COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Brandi McDonald Sikes

HOUSTON—Thursday, April 30, 2020 — As Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to re-open the state’s businesses with a phased approach, many small business owners remain concerned about how to pay office rent in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, two small business owners approached the City of Houston as they join forces to help other small businesses. Brandi McDonald Sikes, president of Limestone Commercial, and Connie Rankin, past president/CEO of Customized Real Estate Services (CRES) who is now acting director with Limestone Commercial, are one of Houston’s recommended real estate resources for small businesses. Limestone Commercial will lend its insight with no out-of-pocket expenses to small business owners.

“We expect some business owners to downsize their office and industrial space in order to decrease their overhead expenses and acclimate to a business environment where virtual officing is more accepted than ever before,” Sikes said. “Other business leaders may need help approaching landlords about not being able to afford rent and we’re ready to help with those negotiations.”

Rankin brings extensive knowledge of property management and leasing to the table, comprising a portfolio with over a million square feet under contract. Together, the two women are committed to giving back to a city that’s been good to them.

“Business isn’t always about sell, sell, sell,” Rankin explained. “It’s time for Houstonians to help other Houstonians and get our economy moving again. Lessening concerns about business rent will not only impact the bottom line for small business owners, but it may also free up funds to keep employees on the payroll – all of which alleviates stress. That’s a win-win.”

Houston business owners interested in help from Limestone Commercial are encouraged to email 

About Limestone Commercial

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