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

May 18, 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/ITRA Global, and Connie Rankin, past president/CEO of Customized Real Estate Services (CRES), now acting director with Limestone Commercial/ITRA Global. As one of Houston’s recommended real estate resources for small businesses, Limestone 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 has 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 are encouraged to email

About Limestone Commercial/ITRA Global

Limestone has been an affiliate of ITRA Global since October 1, 2018, helping business leaders make great real estate decisions by guiding clients to solutions that best support their business goals, amplify their culture, and carry their brand forward into environments that energize their people. Limestone provides real estate strategies and solutions for businesses to perform their best. This is achieved by providing exceptional client experiences through teamwork, innovative thinking and exemplary customer service. The company comes along side your team, they listen, they create and they align real-time, on and off-market commercial space solutions with your particular needs.  Limestone serves at their highest by leveraging relevant market insight, analytical and transactional acumen to deliver your best results. Learn more at

ITRA Global is one of the largest organizations dedicated to representing tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate. With experience in more than 300 markets around the world, ITRA Global consists of seasoned professionals specializing in representing tenants and buyers in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail real estate. Clients benefit by having an experienced professional as their trusted advisor, providing conflict-free representation with total objectivity.  For more information about ITRA Global, please visit the website at

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