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More than 300 Newport Beach Small Businesses Selected to Receive Small Business Relief Grants

Post Date:06/30/2020

More than 300 small businesses will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 through the City of Newport Beach Small Business Relief Grant program to help them reopen and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The grant program is being funded with the approximately $2.1 million in federal CARES Act money the City received from the County of Orange. The funds must be provided to Newport Beach small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruptions caused by the pandemic and the statewide Stay-at-Home order.

On June 1, the Newport Beach City Council formally accepted the funds from the County and authorized City staff to move forward, expeditiously, with a grant program. With guidance from the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC), the City developed the Small Business Relief Grant program and opened the application period on June 12. More than 900 small businesses applied for a grant before the June 16 deadline passed.  According to OC SBDC officials, this represents the highest response rate of any grant or loan program the nonprofit organization has administered to date.

OC SBDC is administering the program and conducted the initial vetting of the applications to check for compliance with key program terms and conditions. In accordance with the program guidelines and funding priorities established by the City, OC SBDC then conducted the process for selecting and notifying the businesses that will receive grants.Grantees may use the funds toward the business’s day-to-day operating expenses or for obtaining personal protective equipment and/ or devices intended to enhance the safety of staff and customers.

OC SBDC representatives are now working with each grant recipient individually to help them gather the documentation necessary to receive their grants. 


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COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.

Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

  • The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
  • It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
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