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Storm Response and Recovery | From the Mayor's Desk

Helping Small Businesses Recover After Historic Storms

The City and other community partners launch programs to help small businesses owners impacted by Jan. 22's severe storm


Recent historic storms have ravaged many small businesses and nonprofits across San Diego County.

To help local business owners recover from the historic storm, the City of San Diego and community partners have stepped up to provide financial assistance.  

The City of San Diego's Economic Development Department (EDD) will be giving emergency relief grants up to $2,500 per applicant. 

Applications open Monday, Feb. 12, and EDD will prioritize businesses located in under-resourced communities and storm-affected areas. Get details about the City's grant program here

Other community partners are also stepping up to help small businesses impacted by the storm.

The Strategic Alliance, which includes the County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, The Asian Business Association and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has launched the Emergency Business Relief Fund.

Spearheaded by the County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, money raised through the relief fund will provide support and aid to small businesses hit the hardest by recent storms.

The coalition will work with community partners including the Urban League, NAACP, Latino Professionals, The Chicano Federation, San Diego Foundation, Black American Political Association of California, The Urban Collaborative Project, The Regional Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, The Burnham Center and many others to help raise money for local small businesses who saw flooding and other impacts from the heavy rains. 

The City of San Diego's emergency relief grants, the coalition's Emergency Business Relief Fund and the San Diego Foundation's San Diego Flood Response Fund are just a few examples of many efforts launched to help San Diegans impacted by the storm get back on their feet.