PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is gearing up for the second round of a business assistance program that offers one-time grants of up to $10,000 to help microenterprise businesses in Palmdale that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 local emergency.
The Microenterprise Business Assistance Program will be available on a first come, first served basis, starting June 7 through Sept. 9, 2021. The applications will be available at https://cityofpalmdale.org/975/Business-Assistance-Program. Part of the #PalmdaleCares initiative, the grants are financed through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
To qualify, businesses must be located within the city of Palmdale and have fewer than five employees and a current Palmdale business license. For a business owner to qualify for the Microenterprise Business Assistance Program, the applicants’ current annual income shall not exceed the low- and moderate-income limit set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“The pandemic has been rough on our small businesses,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “This latest program will provide much needed financial assistance to the most vulnerable businesses and help them make it through these unprecedented times.”
“We love to tell everyone how much Palmdale Cares about them, but it’s even better when we can demonstrate it through innovative programs such as this microenterprise grant program that staff developed,” said Mayor Pro Tem Laura Bettencourt.
“Throughout the entire pandemic our team has worked hard to come up with programs, incentives, and funding to support our small businesses,” said City Manager J.J. Murphy. “We as an organization have been collaborating with them for over a year now to hear their concerns and to come up with some positive solutions to keep our local economy going strong.”
For more information, contact Economic Development Coordinator Luis Gonzalez at 661-267-5125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]