Help Available Through the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County businesses and nonprofits can still receive up to $3,700 for participating in the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

The program has funding of $2,500 for eligible small businesses with 1 to 100 employees, and an additional $1,200 per business to restaurants and retail stores that have been forced to move outdoors in response to State regulations (such as stores located inside indoor malls, as well as churches, fitness facilities and service businesses). 

Other organizations that can participate include nonprofits with a storefront or physical space; sole proprietors whose business features a corresponding retail space or storefront; and home-based businesses (including home daycare centers) that service customers. Short-term rentals may also now participate, though at a lower level of funding.

To date, 5,537 locations have been funded, and nearly $12.5 million has been distributed to eligible small businesses or nonprofits for becoming a COVID Compliant Business Partner. To receive funds, small businesses in the County must first demonstrate compliance with State health orders and incorporate safety and social distancing practices in their daily operations.

The County launched its COVID Compliant Business Partner Program in May to support local small businesses while ensuring ongoing compliance with health orders and direction.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting our businesses through this national health crisis. We recognize that operating safely entails additional expense and we are doing what we can to help offset some of those expenses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “It’s not too late! If you haven’t taken advantage of the program – and you’re committed being COVID-safe – don’t waste any time in applying.” 

For more information about eligibility and to apply, go tohttps://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/.

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