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Posted on: August 19, 2020

$1.2M Lawrence Emergency Small Biz Dollars - Cash Support Rolled Out

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In response to the economic hardships that are being experienced by small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, $1.2 Million for two Emergency Small Business Relief Programs aimed to help Lawrence businesses remain open and retain jobs. “These are unprecedented times, and COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our small business community,” said Mayor Dan Rivera. “This new emergency small business support will help our small business and immigrant entrepreneur community as they work to get back on their feet.”

Shared Streets Program: 

Grant Amount: Up to $5,000

Support restaurants that were affected by COVID-19 closures by providing durable infrastructure to expand outdoor dining options safely and securely. Funds from this project would support restaurants in purchasing outdoor furnishings as well as updated barriers, fencing, and platforms. Shared streets funding could be retro-active to June 8th, 2020 as a result of costs incurred during Phase III of Lawrence’s re-opening plan that allowed outdoor dining.

Business Assistance Program: 

Grant Amount: Up to $10,000

Support Small Businesses through Community Development Block Grants related to basic operating capital for leasing space, insurance and/or utilities, and staff salaries. As secondary requests, the City will also consider requests for inventory, supplies, furniture, software and construction costs.

How to Apply: The application phase for both programs will begin August 24, 2020. For more information, or questions on how to apply for the Small Business Relief Programs, contact:

Esther Encarnacion, Economic Development Project Manager

Small Business Support Hotline: 978-291-8106

Email: business@cityoflawrence.com or negocios@cityoflawrence.com

Apply Online by visiting: https://www.cityoflawrence.com/865/2020-Small-Business-Relief-Programs

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En respuesta a las dificultades económicas que atraviesan las empresas pequeñas como resultado de la pandemia de COVID-19, el Alcalde Daniel Rivera anunció hoy, $1.2 Millones para dos Programas de Ayuda de Emergencia para Pequeñas Empresas destinado a ayudar a las empresas de Lawrence a permanecer abiertas y conservar puestos de trabajo. “Estos son tiempos sin precedentes y COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto profundo en nuestra comunidad de pequeñas empresas”, dijo el Alcalde Dan Rivera. "Este nuevo apoyo de emergencia para pequeñas empresas ayudará a nuestra comunidad de pequeñas empresas y empresarios inmigrantes mientras trabajan para recuperarse".

Programa de Calles Compartidas: 

Cantidad de la Subvención: Hasta $5,000

Apoyo a los restaurantes que se vieron afectado por cierres como resultado de COVID-19 para expandir las opciones de comidas al aire libre de manera segura. Los fondos de este proyecto ayudarían a los restaurantes a comprar muebles al aire libre, así como barreras, cercas y plataformas actualizadas. El financiamiento de Calles Compartidas podría ser retroactivo hasta el 8 de junio de 2020 como resultado de los costos incurridos durante la Fase III del plan de reapertura de Lawrence que permitía comer al aire libre.

Programa de Asistencia De Negocios: 

Cantidad de la Subvención: Hasta $10,000

Apoyo a las Pequeñas Empresas a través de Community Development Block Grants (Subvención de parte del Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario) relacionadas con el capital operativo básico para el arrendamiento de espacio, seguros y/o utilidades y salarios del personal. Como solicitudes secundarias, la Ciudad también considerará las solicitudes para inventario, suministros, muebles, programas informáticos y costos de construcción.

Como Aplicar: La fase de solicitud para ambos programas comienza el 24 de agosto de 2020. Para obtener más información o preguntas sobre cómo aplicar para los Programas de Ayuda para Pequeñas Empresas, comuníquese con:

Esther Encarnacion, Economic Development Project Manager

Línea Directa de Asistencia para Pequeñas Empresas: 978-291-8106

Correo Electrónico:  business@cityoflawrence.com  o negocios@cityoflawrence.com

 Aplicar en línea en:  https://www.cityoflawrence.com/865/2020-Small-Business-Relief-Programs

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