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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

紓困第二輪 波士頓市將撥款500萬元補助300小商家

Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion (Right) and Boston 
Mayor Michelle Wu (left) announcing the second round of small business relief fund.
(Photo by Chutze Chou)

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導) 新冠病毒疫情延燒,小企業困窘掙扎。波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu) (18) 日宣佈,將注資500萬元進小企業紓困基金2.0,幫助300家本地企業邁向復甦。

波士頓市經濟機會及包容長Segun Idowu說明,波士頓市府再撥款補助外,還將和企業服務組織合作,為小企業提供技術援助及長期計畫的支持。波士頓市府也將和州政府合作,以確保小企業也不會錯失州政府提供的各種援助。

待波士頓市議會通過此案後,估計2月初可發出申請表格。

小企業紓困基金是為幫助企業取得復甦,持續經營所需的費用開銷。2.0版本是重啟20204月及9月的紓困基金模式。波士頓市府的小企業紓困基金已發出750萬元給519家小企業。如果從20204月開始計算,波士頓市府總共發出2860萬元補助款給5600家企業。

小企業可以申請的補助有2種,一為紓困補助,小企業可申請最高1萬元,用於償還欠債,繳付租金或貸款,購置庫存,發薪水,以及其他的固定開支。另一為成長補助,也是最高1萬元,供做購置工具,科技,物品,人事,以及其他投資近企業成長所需開銷的費用。

估計2月初時,小企業將可上網填寫申請表,所有申請者都必須經由市政府的門戶網站(Knack potal) bostonopendata.knack.com/small-business-grants辦理。查詢詳情可上網https://www.boston.gov/small-business

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES CITY OF BOSTON WILL REPLENISH SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND 2.0 WITH $5 MILLION 

 

BOSTON - Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Building on her commitment to supporting small businesses during the ongoing pandemic, Mayor Michelle Wu today announced that the City of Boston will replenish the Small Business Relief Fund 2.0 with $5 million. These funds will help support an additional 300 local, small businesses across Boston as they continue their recovery. The City is also partnering with business service organizations to provide technical assistance and long-term planning support to small businesses beyond the grant. Following City Council approval, applications would become available in early February.

“Our small businesses are still struggling from this prolonged pandemic and need continued support. I’m grateful to Chief Idowu and our state and community partners for working quickly to identify potential resources for neighborhood small businesses as we work to build a thriving, inclusive and equitable economy,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “The fund’s grants and technical assistance will help small business owners continue to serve their communities and plan ahead as we work to end the ongoing COVID surge.”

“These funds provided the much needed support for our small businesses to not only aid in their recovery, but invest in their long-term growth,” said Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion. “Replenishing these funds is an important step in ensuring that our businesses are able to keep their doors open as we recover from the pandemic and rebuild our economy.” 

The Small Business Relief Fund is designed to help businesses cover expenses to help their recovery and assist businesses that seek to grow beyond the pandemic. The replenishment of SBRF 2.0 will reopen applications for the Small Business Relief Fund initially launched in April 2020 and relaunched in September 2021. To date, the Small Business Relief Fund has issued more than $7.5 million in grants to 519 businesses. Since April 2020, the City of Boston has issued more than $28.6 million in grants to more than 5,600 businesses. 

Businesses will be able to apply for two types of grants.

·       Relief Grant: up to $10,000 to support outstanding debts for rent/mortgage payments, inventory, payroll, or fixed expenses.

·       Growth Grant: up to $10,000 to support business growth through tools, technology, materials, personnel, or other costs associated with investing in the growth of their business.

“I would like to thank Mayor Michelle Wu and the entire City of Boston Small Business Team for their commitment to support businesses such as mine over the last two years,” said Chef Olrie Roberts, owner of ZaZ Restaurant. “Unfortunately, COVID is still plaguing our community and the effects of the pandemic are still taking a toll on restaurants. As ZaZ looks toward celebrating 10 years of serving the Hyde Park and Greater Boston communities this year, continued financial support will help to alleviate operational pressures such as rent, utilities, and supply costs that can not be controlled with fluctuating dine-in customers and canceled catering events until we have some semblance of normalcy.” 

“We are grateful to the City of Boston for providing grant support to small businesses like ours that will help us stay open while we face the COVID-19 Omicron wave,” said Hector Plaza, Owner and Head Coach at Red City Fitness. “It will also allow us to invest in a stronger marketing strategy that will help our business grow.” 

The City of Boston is working with State officials to coordinate our grant processes so small businesses potentially have access to both local and state grant funds. Additionally, the City is working with external partners like Small Business Strong and other business service organizations to set up a system that will connect interested small businesses with wrap-around technical assistance to provide long term support beyond the grant.

“Collaborating with the State and pairing the grants with technical assistance will leverage greater impact for businesses that need support, and strengthen Boston’s small business ecosystem,” said Karen Kelleher, Executive Director of LISC Boston, which serves as program manager for Small Business Strong. 

Small Business Strong is excited to work with Mayor Wu and her team to connect applicants for funding with high quality small business support from local providers and industry experts,” said Yvonne Garcia, Manager of Small Business Strong and Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO and Global Head of Internal Communications, State Street. 

Applications will become available online at boston.gov/small-business in early February. Businesses can apply for one or both grants. All applicants must apply through the City’s Knack portal at bostonopendata.knack.com/small-business-grants.

For more information and details, sign up for our small business newsletter at https://www.boston.gov/small-business

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