DUBLIN (KPIX) — Small companies hit arduous by the pandemic may even see some monetary aid within the metropolis of Dublin. The town began accepting on-line functions Friday morning for $10,000 grants to qualifying native companies. Metropolis leaders mentioned small companies are the spine of Dublin and their survival is essential and so they’re handing out the cash to assist these companies get by way of the vacations and the pandemic.
Mariam Nasiri heard concerning the Small Enterprise Restoration Grant Program and was within the strategy of making use of for the cash. She opened Khyber Move Afghan Restaurant together with her sister 9 years in the past. The ban on in-person eating means greater than 80 % of their enterprise is gone.
“We went from a employees of 10 all the way down to solely three,” Nasiri mentioned.
She mentioned the restaurant is barely getting by. Each greenback coming in goes towards the business lease and groceries.
“I’m truly taking no wages, no paychecks to maintain it standing and to maintain it going,” Nasiri mentioned.
She mentioned town grant would assist her restaurant survive a couple of extra months.
“For a household restaurant, $10,000 is certainly sufficient cash to maintain us open, to purchase some extra groceries, to be very strategic about this,” Nasiri mentioned.
“This grant program is pure grant — pure free cash,” mentioned Shari Jackman, public data officer for Dublin.
Jackman mentioned the cash is for brick-and-mortar companies which have not more than 50 workers.
“Loads of our small enterprise homeowners are residents of Dublin so it actually helps us assist them,” Jackman mentioned.
This system opened on Friday morning and, by midday, she mentioned 50 companies had utilized. The cash comes from metropolis reserves.
Tony Cassara additionally deliberate to use. His Italian Males’s Put on depends on proms, weddings and different formal occasions. He notes that individuals aren’t shopping for as many fits whereas they’re working from house.
“I’m a 3rd technology on this enterprise. That is in all probability the hardest it has been. It’s a household livelihood so it’s crucial. We might hate to close down,” Cassara mentioned.
This system, which has $1 million in funding, is distributing cash on a first-come, first-served foundation. For data go to: http://dublin.ca.gov/recoveryboostgrant