LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Imagine Lake County without the small businesses we love and rely on.
Think about your favorite restaurant, the family birthdays celebrated within those walls.
Recall the youth spaorting event where your son or daughter made a key play; a local business supported the costs of their uniform.
Consider the moments shared over a Bartlett pear salad and bottle of Lake County wine, and the conversations you’ve had while seated on a couch purchased from a local shop.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a complex and fast-changing business environment and added innumerable layers of financial and procedural complication.
Community members and local governments want to help.
On Monday, Dec. 28, Supervisors Bruno Sabatier and Eddie Crandell, representatives from the county of Lake, along with the cities of Clearlake and Lakeport, and other business community stakeholders will convene the first meeting of the Lake County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Team.
The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Zoom, https://lakecounty.zoom.us/j/95765333663?pwd=UFlBRXZwZHdsMmQ5dzVONXMzZ0cwUT09 ; Meeting ID, 957 6533 3663; Passcode, 876707; one tap mobile, +16699006833,,95765333663#,,,,*876707# US (San Jose) .
Positioning Lake County businesses to take advantage of COVID-19 relief funding opportunities that emerge is a matter of priority.
Monday’s agenda will include discussion of a potential second round of Federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, funding.
Another such opportunity is the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, a $500 million funding opportunity offering grants of up to $25,000 for eligible businesses with annual revenues of $2.5 million or less.
Businesses are strongly encouraged to prepare now to start applying at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.The application period ends Jan. 8 at 11:59 p.m.
Informational Webinars are available daily, at https://fullerton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DNMLHwM5SSehzRxAKkSFZA.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, visit https://careliefgrant.com/ .