Small businesses have been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, especially minorities businesses on aging commercial corridors. The free Sac IEDC’s CARES technical assistance program is structured to provide much-needed help to any small business located in the City of Sacramento and has assistance geared to help minorities facing additional hurdles to get back to business. The program offers webinars with experts on relevant topics for today’s business environment, including information on how to operate your business in a COVID-19 environment; how to create an online presence for your business to drive better sales; and 1:1 consulting assistance in a wide range of topics, including a Spanish-speaking setting.
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The City of Sacramento received $89.6 million in Corona, Aid, Recovery, and Economic Stability (CARES) funding from the Federal government to help offset the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. City Council voted to invest these funds in the following key categories:
Small Business Assistance: Financial, technical, and entrepreneurship assistance to small businesses, non-profits, and community-based organizations (CBOs).
Workforce Training: Fund programs and partner with workforce development providers, CBOs, and educational partners at all levels to retrain and uptrain workers dislocated due to the pandemic.
Youth Enrichment: Implement robust programs, curriculum, and service for youth, including providing the necessary transportation and technology to support these programs.
Family Services: Funding to support additional services for Sacramento families, including the expansion and availability of childcare services, food access, and programs that address domestic violence exacerbated by the stay-at-home orders.
Homeless Services & Rapid Re-Housing: Services to place unhoused individuals into permanent housing and implement homeless aversion programs.
Arts, The Creative Economy & Tourism: Financial and technical assistance directly to support the arts, tourism, and creative economy that have been devastated by the current pandemic.