City of Lancaster Introduces the Small Business Recovery Resource
The City of Lancaster announced yesterday that the Small Business Recovery Resource (SBRR) is now live and active. This group consists of dedicated individuals that will readily assist our local small business owners with their questions and concerns regarding their businesses during, and preparing for life after, the COVID-19 pandemic. As we are all more than aware, the COVID-19 virus is impacting lives and businesses and many are fearful as to what this pandemic outbreak may mean to our local and worldwide economies. We here at the City of Lancaster are ready to help our small business owners get back up on their feet and therefore strengthen our local economy. In order to help get our local small business owners through and recover after this disastrous outbreak, the SBRR team is dedicated to being knowledgeable about the assistance and recovery options available to businesses through loans and grants at various levels of government. They are researching viable options that may assist businesses during this crisis – like with the City’s Stand Strong Business Recovery Loan or the type of loans currently available through the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) – as well as other business loans and financial assistance that may appear to help keep our businesses stay afloat during this time. Since the City Council approved the Stand Strong Business Recovery Loan program on March 24, 17 applications have been received and 6 applications have been approved to receive funds. Staff is committed to acting swiftly to get money into the pockets of our business owners as quickly as possible. To contact the Small Business Recovery Resource Team, please call City Hall at (661) 723-6236 or email the team directly with your questions at SBR@cityoflancasterca.org for assistance. You can also visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/SBR to fill out a business information form so that staff may provide expedited assistance.