City Continues Small Business Support with Hotline, Additional Resources

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News Date: 
June 3, 2020
Businesses in Downtown Salinas

These are certainly unusual times for all of us and we hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. In an effort to assist local businesses, the Community Development Department and the City launched a bilingual small business support hotline on April 30th to connect businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic with free counseling resources and local, state and federal and disaster relief funding.  In just three days from launching the hotline, the hotline received over 100 small business calls. Most callers are seeking financial assistance and any additional guidance that could help them keep their business alive. Two local organizations that are helping Small Businesses with Emergency Micro Loans are SBDC (Cal Coastal - Small Business Development Center) and El Pajaro Community Development Corporation (EL Pajaro CDC). For more information about SBDC Cal Coastal Micro Loan please call 831-424-2099  or at  and for more information regarding  El Pajaro CDC, please call (831) 722-1224 or e-mail at [email protected].  Small Business Resources have also been provided through the small business administration and the City's Economic Development page for any small business struggling during the pandemic.

Bilingual Small Business Assistance Hotline – 831-758-7367 Mon – Friday 8:00 am -4:00 pm or [email protected]

In order to address the economic challenges that many small businesses are currently facing, the City also established a Small Business and Economic Recovery Task Force.  Mayor Joseph Gunter appointed 12 Members to the taskforce; 5 technical professional’s members (business associations) and 5 small business owners representative of different business types and geographical areas of the City. The Small Business and Economic Recovery task force will be in place for the next six (6) months, with opportunity for an extension and shift of objective to support small businesses as the economy slowly re-opens.