The Rutherford Report—COVID Compliant Partnership Aims to Help Small Businesses

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Program Aims to Help Small Businesses

San Bernardino County small businesses can get funds to offset the cost of complying with current COVID-19 business protocols and receive other benefits by taking part in a recently launched County program.

So far, more than 2,000 area businesses have submitted applications to join the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program, which is primed to distribute more than $30 million in federal emergency relief funds to qualifying businesses.

COVID Compliant Business Partners can apply for funding of up to $2,500 to help pay for COVID-related expenses, and they can also purchase personal protective equipment directly from the County at cost. For business owners with multiple locations, the first qualifying business location is eligible for $2,500, with each additional eligible business location receiving $1,000.

In addition, businesses receive a window graphic to show customers their commitment to protecting their customers and employees’ health.

In order to qualify for funding, businesses can only have between 1 and 100 employees. Self-employed individuals with no employees are not eligible; however, barbers and hair stylists who rent space are eligible. Non-profit organizations with storefronts are also eligible.

Larger businesses can also participate as a COVID Compliant Business Partners if they have a storefront; however, they are not eligible for funding.

Partners also must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations, including requiring employees and customers to wear masks.

For more information or to apply, click here.
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