ATASCADERO – The City of Atascadero announced today, the 8th. January, announced that the Small Business Emergency Grant check has been printed and will be signed and picked up for mailing today. The city approved 63 applications and most of them will receive their checks from the city in the next day or two.

The City has acknowledged that with the recent home stay and closure of many categories of businesses, including all local restaurants, personal services (hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, etc.), as well as fitness centers, dance studios, family entertainment, movie theaters, the impact has been devastating. Restaurants, brasseries, wine cellars, cafes and other hospitality services can now operate solely on the basis of supply.

The Atascadero City Council said it understands the importance of Atascadero’s business community to the city, and the city council continually strives to work with business owners in support of a vibrant place where residents can work and shop.

The City’s Small Business Emergency Grant Fund program is designed to assist small businesses affected by the financial impact of recent regional family ownership.

The 15th. In December 2020, the City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the use of $250,000 from the City’s general fund to provide grants to small businesses in Atascadero. The deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, 4. January, noon. All applications were reviewed; within a week of submission, the city worked diligently to verify assistance, allowing many local businesses to receive emergency funds.

said Heather Moreno, mayor of Atascadero: We are delighted to be able to financially support so many local businesses in these very difficult times. We remain committed to working with all Atascadero entrepreneurs to help them remain viable and active members of our community. The City is grateful to the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce for its fundraising efforts for this emergency fund, which allowed the City to mail more checks today than originally planned.

The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce played an important role in soliciting donations from the community in addition to the Small Business Assistance Grant. These generous donations provided a unique opportunity to promote more businesses that had signed up.

The city council said in a statement: The Chamber’s ability to help gather information and highlight grant opportunities, while encouraging people to donate! Thank you to everyone who donated extra money to Grant. We value our partnership with the House and the collaborative efforts of all involved.

The City Councilman says he understands that the COVID-19 restrictions are not only devastating to the businesses that receive these small grants, but also to many other small businesses here in Atascadero.

They encourage the community to come out and support our small businesses in a safe way. Whether you’re shopping at your favorite store or ordering food from your favorite restaurant or brewery, now is the time to support residents.

If you have questions about applying for an Emergency Small Business Grant, please call (805)461-5035 or email [email protected]

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