San Diego Launches Small Business Assistance Program to Recover from COVID-19

A Carlsbad shopping center advertises that it is still open amid the stay-at-home order, May 22, 2020. Photo by Hoa Quach

San Diego this week began the Small Business and Restaurant Assistance Program with the intent of supporting the economic recovery of small businesses and restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced Thursday.

Through SBRA, qualified local businesses can access support to navigate the city’s planning requirements and permitting process, expediting construction projects and improvements that can give businesses a boost and help grow their operations.

Mayor Todd Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” budget plan, unanimously approved by City Council last month, provides funding to establish the program, operated through the city’s Development Services Department.

“This small-business concierge service, provided by the SBRA Program, will help equitably jumpstart the city’s economy by targeting those that…

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