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Posted on: June 3, 2021

City of Palmdale to Offer Microenterprise Business Assistance Grants Up to $10,000

The City of Palmdale has announced the start of the second round of the Business Assistance Program that offers a one-time grant of up to $10,000 to help microenterprise businesses in Palmdale that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 local emergency.

Part of the City’s #PalmdaleCares initiative, the grants are financed through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The Microenterprise Business Assistance Program is available on a first come, first served basis.  The applications will be available at https://cityofpalmdale.org/975/Business-Assistance-Program starting June 7, 2021 through Sept. 9, 2021.

To qualify, businesses must be located within the City of Palmdale and have fewer than five employees, and a current City of Palmdale business license. For a business owner to qualify for 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, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Luis Gonzalez at 661/267-5125 or by email at businessgrants@cityofpalmdale.org

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