Small Business Resources During COVID-19

Michelle Di Gangi - Head of Small and Medium Enterprise Business

As someone who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, I'm feeling especially concerned about small businesses right now. I want to make sure that people know that they have resources. We're open and we're here to help.

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If you're a small business owner, you'll also find resources at the local, state and federal levels. I'm highlighting a few here that may be helpful during these challenging times.

  • Directory of State and Local Chambers of Commerce

    State and local chambers of commerce are providing varied levels of response to businesses in their regions. For example, San Francisco has launched a Small Business Resiliency Fund. Small businesses can qualify for up to $10,000 to cover salary and rent costs. Find out what kind of help is being offered in your region.

  • SCORE – Coronavirus Business Resources

    Known for offering mentoring to small businesses, SCORE is an SBA resource partner and is offering remote mentoring and training sessions via phone, email and a variety of video and chat services.

 

And if you're a consumer, please do what you can to support small business right now. Try one of the many restaurants offering take-out options. Buy gift cards for future services. Take online yoga classes from your neighborhood studio; it's a great way to help and to give yourself some much-needed respite.

Now is a good time to lean on community. Let's make sure that we use these incredibly challenging times to rise where we can and strengthen our relationships.

 

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