We are very proud to announce that we have joined the California Main Main Street Alliance (CAMSA) in advocating for collaboration with elected officials to support small businesses navigate and survive the current coronavirus pandemic. We have signed a joint letter with policy recommendations that, if embraced and enacted now, will provide vitally important resources to the local businesses that are the lifeblood of our communities.
The need for keeping residents in place and cared for in every aspect is huge and vitally important. We also know that the vast majority of our local businesses are independently owned, providing jobs, goods, and services for residents. So supporting our businesses right now is crucial.
Our staff and board of directors are working tirelessly to get residents and businesses the help they need by continually updating our Community Resource Directory, collaborating with our partners on strategies to support businesses right now, educating ourselves on best practices to support local safely, and ensuring the sustainability of our organization so that we can continue our work.
We invite you to learn more about our work right now by checking out this Richmond Standard article and tuning in to Richmond Pulse’s Facebook page on Thursday for an Online Forum, where our very own Alicia Gallo will join an esteemed panel of community leaders speaking on the impact of the pandemic in Richmond.
THIS WEEK’S TOP #ShopLocalSafely SMALL BUSINESS PICKS
Sport Your Richmond Pride with Local Apparel
- Rich City Apparel – Great Ts, Cozy Sweatshirts & Cool Masks Order Online
- Gratitude – Bright African Prints & Graduation Sashes. Inquiries & orders: Email Gratitudeshowing@gmail.com or phone (510) 680-5266 (leave message)
- Rich City Rides – Look Dope, Stay Safe & Support Your Local Bike Shop Info
- Exclusive Shoes – Buy-Sell-Trade Info, Follow
Top COVID19 Resources for Small Business & Residents
- This Friday: City of Richmond COVID-19 & Rapid Response Fund Online Town Hall
- NEW Free COVID Testing for All County Residents
- Stay at Home Order Extended to May 31: Summary, FAQs
- Richmond Cares Hotline (510) 620-6700, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
For Small Businesses
- City Manager’s Letter to Richmond Business Leaders (May 1)
- Paycheck Protection Program Re-Opens: Funds are limited and expected to run out. Apply now! Marin SBDC Update, Local Lender Guide, Get Help
- COVID-19 Navigation Call Center: 1 (833) 320-1919, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm
- Restaurant Community Foundation Crisis Relief Fund