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Erie County launches grant program to help small business rebound from COVID-19 - WGRZ.com

Erie County launches grant program to help small business rebound from COVID-19 - WGRZ.com


Erie County launches grant program to help small business rebound from COVID-19 - WGRZ.com

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 08:44 AM PDT

Businesses with 50 employees or fewer are encouraged to apply for a portion of the $20 million in CARES Act funding as soon as possible.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Help is now available for small business owners who have taken an economic hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Erie County Business Task Force and others were on hand Tuesday to announce details about the Erie County 'Back to Business' grant program. The money is available thanks to $20 million in CARES Act funding and businesses must have 50 or fewer employees to be eligible. 

Priority will be given to those who have not yet gotten any COVID-related assistance, minority and women owned businesses, those in highly-distressed zip codes, those seeking to hire back laid off or furloughed workers and those businesses that have yet to reopen.

"We have all seen the devastating effects of the COVID-19 shutdown on our local economy. Minority-owned businesses in Highly Distressed areas have been especially hard-hit, and the parameters of this grant program were designed to place those businesses at the front of the line," said Ere County Business Task Force Co-Chair Brenda McDuffie said. "I encourage all small businesses to review this grant program and if they qualify, apply for the funds, even if you previously received other aid or were turned down for PPP loans."

In addition to having 50 employees or less, a business must also demonstrate a loss of gross revenue or a reduced level of production or sales due to the pandemic and have no more than $7.5 million in gross total sales for 2019. Ninety-percent of those workers must live in Erie County and the business must have been open for at least a year from the program's launch.

Eligible applicants to the Back to Business Grant Program will receive:

  • $10,000 in funding for businesses with a sole proprietor
  • $25,000 in funding for businesses with 2-25 employees
  • $45,000 in funding for businesses with 26-50 employees

Grants can be used for a variety of past and future expenses, but funds must be spent by December 30, 2020. Businesses are encouraged to apply soon as possible before the funding runs out.

The application deadline is Monday, November 2, 2020. 

Comcast to give $10,000 grants and make free commercials for small businesses harmed by COVID-19 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 01:01 PM PDT

Starting Tuesday, Black-owned small businesses can apply for marketing, technology support, and equipment from Comcast. That includes free production of a 30-second commercial, a 90-day media campaign, and marketing consulting from Effectv, Comcast's ad sales division.

San Francisco to give $1.6 million in grants to help small businesses stay afloat through the pandemic - KGO-TV

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 01:33 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A recent survey of 1,600 small business owners in San Francisco found that 80% of them want to continue operating outdoors and 90% said these shared outdoor spaces have kept them from closing permanently. The survey is being conducted by the city of San Francisco.

Far East Café in San Francisco's Chinatown has benefited from the temporary curbside dining structure that they are allowed to put up only on weekends. Now they are asking the city for a grant to build a more permanent one so they can operate outside seven days a week.


"Recently the weather and everything, it brings up a lot of business to come back to Chinatown," expressed Bill Lee, Owner of Far East Cafe.

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The city is putting up $1.6 million in grant funds to help businesses like his build those outdoor shared spaces.

Local nonprofits are helping small businesses apply for these grants.


"With the Shared Spaces opportunity and now that the city is offering us a grant which allows a lot of restaurants here, hey, we can expand our business outside," said Doug Mei of the nonprofit BeChinatown.

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The grants range from $2,000 to $5,000. Lily Lo, is a local community advocate.

"Any amount helps because any amount helps small businesses because all the small businesses are struggling," added Lo.

Far East café has been in Chinatown for 100 years. They want to remain open.

Besides Chinatown, the city will focus on other neighborhoods in need, such as Central Market, the Bay View, the Excelsior, Lower Fillmore, Lower Haight and the Tenderloin.


All projects are approved by the Shared Spaces Program which has strict guidelines for both its curbside and sidewalk structures.

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"Visibility and designing your installation so that people can see in and out and depending on the situation, we also specify traffic control devices and other kinds of signage to help especially those who are driving," said Robin Abad Ocubillo, director of the San Francisco Shared Spaces Program.

The grants are expected to help 340 establishments. The program is called SF Shines for Reopening and small businesses can apply for the grant at this page.

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Hoboken small businesses receive $1.8 million in grants - The Hudson Reporter

Posted: 14 Oct 2020 04:19 AM PDT

321 Hoboken small businesses will receive $1.8 million in grant funding according to an announcement by Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano.

Awards for businesses were allocated through Hoboken's share of federal CARES Act funding and can be used for COVID-19-related expenses, including payroll, mortgage payments, utilities, and more. 

"Our small businesses make up the backbone of our city, and we are doing everything we can to assist them during these difficult times," Bhalla said. "I'm hopeful that our federal elected officials will provide even more relief in the months ahead, as we continue to support our local mom and pop shops. Thank you to Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, and Congressman Albio Sires for fighting for CARES Act funding for our community."

To qualify for funding, Hoboken small businesses must have been in operation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, be a for-profit entity, have 25 employees or less, and be within the mile-square city. 

Amounts of grant funding were determined by criteria established by Hudson County.

"Hoboken's economic recovery from the pandemic depends on small business coming back strong," said County Executive DeGise. "That's why we are so grateful to Senator Menendez and our federal legislative delegation for securing these CARES Act funds and working so hard with Mayor Bhalla and the business community to put them to the best use possible."  

"I would like to thank Senators Mendez and Booker for the CARES funds given to the County to be distributed to all cities, and I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla and his administration for working cooperatively with the County to make sure all qualified small business owners receive their share of funding," said Commissioner Romano. 

According to the city, additional funding may be available in the future for Hoboken small businesses if another COVID-19 relief package is passed at the federal level. 

Hoboken has also provided relief for some small businesses through the Hoboken Relief Fund, created to provide financial assistance to small businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The relief fund, co-chaired by Council President Jen Giattino and Councilman Phil Cohen, has raised more than $410,000 for impacted Hoboken businesses and individuals. 

Hoboken businesses with questions about the CARES Act grant funding should email smallbizgrants@hobokennj.gov.

New applications being accepted for Reno small business grants - KOLO

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 07:06 PM PDT

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The City of Reno recently awarded grants to local small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they announced Tuesday that they are accepting applications again. Applications are now available until 5 p.m. on October 27.

According to city officials, the first round of funding to businesses amounted to $1.4 million. 137 businesses will receive awards ranging from $870 to $20,000 based on the information they submitted. The next rounds of funding will total up to $2.55 million, based on demand and fund availability. Businesses that received financial assistance in the first round of funding are not eligible to apply during this current round.

The City of Reno is able to offer the Small Business Economic Assistance Program thanks to funds received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act. Small businesses that plan to apply should note that the funds are to be used for costs related to the pandemic, such as personal protective equipment, revenue reductions due to mandated closures or social-distancing requirements, and safety measures or other expenses reasonably needed to maintain operations. To be eligible, businesses need to have an active City of Reno business license and must have 20 employees or less.

To apply or learn more about the program click here.

Copyright 2020 KOLO. All rights reserved.

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