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Commissioners Approve Money to Assist Small Businesses - Post Coronavirus Program Being Established


Plans are being made and money has been approved by the Bernalillo County Commission to fund local organizations who will, in turn, assist small businesses with advice and direction, as unincorporated area businesses prepare to reopen post coronavirus (COVID – 19).

The commission approved $500,000 from the county general fund for Economic Development programming to aid small businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.

“We need to help owners get back on a strong business footing,” says County Commission Chair Lonnie Talbert. “This is a way to match those with a forward-thinking business knowledge and business owners to make sure these businesses survive into the future.”

Organizations that have demonstrated past excellence in workforce/entrepreneurial development for the creation, facilitation, and implementation of multi-pronged media and small business assistance are encouraged to submit a proposal for an award under the Small Business Assistance Program Administration Services Program. Economic development and accounting administrators will evaluate the proposals and determine awards.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, says this is the beginning step in getting businesses back on their feet.

“This is not a grant program, but technical assistance program to help small businesses at this very difficult time,” Commissioner O’Malley says. “With this ever changing economic landscape, small business owners need to know how to take advantage of new ways of doing business and available resources on the local, state and federal level.”

The request for proposal will be posted on the county procurement site at http://www.bernco.gov/general-services/request-for-proposals.aspx.

The item was approved on a 5 to 0 vote.

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