San Diego County is offering local micro-businesses $2,500 in grants to help them recover from COVID-19.
The application deadline for this program has been extended to July 15. Entrepreneurs interested in applying should mark their calendars and see if they qualify for this free money.
The program defines a microbusiness as self-employed workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and corporations with no more than five employees in 2019 so far.
This could be a sidewalk vendor, dog walker, cleaners, or people who operate a small business from their homes.
The county and the Southwestern College Small Business Development Center are reviewing the applications and will assess whether the business was significantly impacted by COVID-19.
The program also specifies that this microenterprise must have been the main source of income for the owner. The business must have been started before December 31, 2019, and is currently in operation or planning to reopen.
The business must also have generated less than $50,000 in revenue during tax year 2019.
Funding for the program comes from the county Board of Supervisors which allocates about $4.175 million from the California Office of Small Business. The grants will be distributed evenly among the five districts in San Diego County.
Another eligibility requirement is that the business has not previously received any grants from the California COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program. This upcoming deadline marks the second round of grants the county is distributing for the program this year.
In February, county supervisors unanimously approved the distribution of 1,550 grants – totaling $3.8 million – to small businesses affected by the pandemic.
Women entrepreneurs can apply online and learn more about the program on the county’s website.
Entrepreneurs can get help with the application process through the Small Business Development Center, by making a free appointment with a counselor, or by calling (619) 482-6391.
The Alliance SBDC and the Asian Business Association of San Diego also offer virtual or in-person assistance by appointment in Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog and Japanese by calling (858) 277-2822.