UPDATES - SURVEY, FACEBOOK GRANTS &
PREPARING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
As we enter week six of the Shelter-in-Place Order, we hope that everyone is doing as well as possible. We'd like to share a few items with you tonight that we hope will prove helpful.BUSINESS NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY
We wanted to thank all of you who have responded to the Economic Development Committee's (EDC) Business Needs Assessment Survey. We have collected 110 responses thus far.
We hope that if you haven't yet, that you'll complete the survey and that we can find ways to connect and that we can be a resource to all of you as we move through this pandemic together.
FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Facebook launched a Small Business Grants program today. These grants offer $2,500 in cash along with up to $1,500 in Facebook Advertising credit.
FACEBOOK GRANT WEBSITE LINK
Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where we operate will be able to receive the grant. To be eligible to apply, you must:
- Be a for-profit company
- Have between 2 and 50 employees
- Have been in business for over a year
- Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
- Be in or near a location where Facebook operates
GETTING READY FOR UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
We understand that the process of applying for these funding programs can be overwhelming and tedious. We've also learned from the EDC's needs assessment survey results that the primary need is for financial assistance right now, Another expressed need is receiving assistance in the application process.
Our partner, the Small Business Development Center of Marin, provides detailed help in getting small businesses prepared to apply for financial assistance:
Coping with COVID — 10 minute overview of Forms Needed to Apply for Disaster Assistance - Northern California SBDC Finance Center advisor Sunita Maharaj shares step-by-step guidance on filing an application for the SBA Disaster Relief loan.
Coping with COVID: Prepping to apply for Emergency SBA Economic Injury Loans -
Northern California SBDC hosts a panel of advisors to answer your questions on how small businesses can prepare and apply for an SBA Economic Injury Loan. Panelists include expert financial advisors from across the Norcal SBDC network as well as a representative from the Small Business Administration.
You can find these and other helpful webinars at the following link.
Finally, we hope everyone will continue to support local efforts such as SanAnselmoEats.com, SanAnselmoShops.com and #SanAnselmoStrong.
David P. Donery Town Manager
Town of San Anselmo