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COVID-19 relief available for small businesses in Richland Co.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Richland County businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have a new opportunity to receive financial assistance.

The COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program can offer up to $15,000 in reimbursable expenses around Richland County.

The program will be managed by Richland County’s Office of Small Business Opportunity and Community Planning.

“OSBO is very excited about the opportunity to offer financial assistance to small businesses that were affected by COVID-19,” OSBO manager Erica Wade said.

Wade says the OSBO thrives on sustainability and capacity building, and this is an advantage to obtain both.

The application and guidelines are available online: https://richlandcountysc.gov/cv19grant.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $300,000 for the grant.

Businesses in Richland County with 50 or fewer employees that demonstrate revenue loss because of COVID-19 can qualify for the assistance.

Businesses must also have been in operation a year before March

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Small businesses in Seattle have an opportunity to apply for $10,000 relief grants through Comcast RISE

Independent small businesses in Washington are the backbone of our communities, and today, more than ever, they need our help. The ongoing impact of the pandemic has created an incredible need for additional support to keep these small businesses open and thriving. This is especially important for those owned by persons of color.

Nationally, the number of active business owners in the United States fell by 22 percent last year. Locally, according to one recent study, Seattle experienced the second largest decline in offline local commerce spending in the country. But a demographic breakdown paints an even bleaker picture.

The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the number of working Black business owners plummeted over 40% in 2020. Other minority business owners experienced similar worse-than-average losses, including immigrants (a 36 percent drop). Latinx-owned businesses declined by 32%, and Asian-owned businesses dropped by 25%.

Comcast RISE was created to invest

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