Supervisor Fletcher Works with Black, Hispanic and Asian Biz Groups to Distribute Info on $3.4M in County Grants

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Outreach to be done by Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of San Diego and Asian Business Association

Black & Magazine Newswire

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has partnered with Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander business organizations to share information and encourage small businesses from these communities to apply for the $3.4 million that is available in his district through the County Relief Program for Small Businesses and Restaurants.   

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program offers financial relief to eligible small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. It’s designed to help for-profit and nonprofit businesses. To qualify, your business must have:

●     100 or fewer employees

●     Headquarters in San Diego County

●     A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020

●     Documentation of financial hardship due to COVID-19

Businesses should visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant/ to apply. Applicants are encouraged to turn in their materials as soon as possible.  

Supervisor Fletcher is working with the Strategic Alliance, a partnership among San Diego’s Ethnic Chambers of Commerce, comprising the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Asian Business Association of San Diego to fulfill his commitment to ensuring an equitable distribution of these resources. 

“Small businesses strengthen our economy by creating jobs for people who live in the nearby communities, and provide goods and services that people from the neighborhood need,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County, COVID-19 Subcommittee. “We want these funds to get to those who need it most, and through this new partnership we will be able to make that happen.  This is a continuation of our commitment to helping those with the greatest need during this pandemic.”

The information campaign will include a social media campaign, virtual meetings with business owners, and the Strategic Alliance assisting small businesses with the application process. Resources to help promote the program can be found at www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/smallbizrelief.   

“I am proud of Supervisor Fletcher for his bold inclusive leadership in providing an equitable outreach framework to flatten the economic disparity curve for disadvantaged businesses during COVID-19,” said Donna DeBerry, CEO, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce. 

“Returning to some type of normalcy for businesses and communities is going to require changes on multiple levels.  Sustainable progress can only be achieved through collaboration with all facets of our business community, especially ethnic and small entrepreneurs,” said Iris Garcia, Chair, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are so grateful for Supervisor Fletcher for seeking viable long term solutions for businesses that have received little or no support during the current crisis.”

“San Diego County’s return to economic growth depends upon the recovery of small businesses which represents the majority of our region’s jobs. Yet small businesses, especially minority business enterprises, continue to face significantly greater barriers to growth,” said Jason Paguio, President and CEO, Asian Business Association San Diego. “We’re proud to work with Supervisor Fletcher to address systemic policy decisions which have left many businesses in communities of color behind during this public health crisis.”

On May 19, the Board of Supervisors approved a $34 million economic and humanitarian stimulus package for COVID-19 proposed by Supervisors Fletcher and Dianne Jacob. Within that package was $17 million to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The County’s Chief Administrative Officer divided those funds evenly between the five supervisorial districts — giving each Supervisor $3.4 million to distribute to businesses in their districts as they deem it appropriate.        

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