DUBLIN (KPIX) — Small companies hit arduous by the pandemic may even see some monetary reduction within the metropolis of Dublin. The town began accepting on-line purposes Friday morning for $10,000 grants to qualifying native companies. Metropolis leaders stated small companies are the spine of Dublin and their survival is vital and so they’re handing out the cash to assist these companies get by 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 along with her sister 9 years in the past. The ban on in-person eating means greater than 80 p.c of their enterprise is gone.
“We went from a employees of 10 all the way down to solely three,” Nasiri stated.
She stated the restaurant is barely getting by. Each greenback coming in goes towards the industrial lease and groceries.
“I’m really taking no wages, no paychecks to maintain it standing and to maintain it going,” Nasiri stated.
She stated the town grant would assist her restaurant survive just a few extra months.
“For a household restaurant, $10,000 is unquestionably sufficient cash to maintain us open, to purchase some extra groceries, to be very strategic about this,” Nasiri stated.
“This grant program is pure grant — pure free cash,” stated Shari Jackman, public info officer for Dublin.
Jackman stated the cash is for brick-and-mortar companies which have not more than 50 staff.
“Quite a lot of our small enterprise house owners are residents of Dublin so it actually helps us assist them,” Jackman stated.
This system opened on Friday morning and, by midday, she stated 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 residence.
“I’m a 3rd era on this enterprise. That is in all probability the hardest it has been. It’s a household livelihood so it’s essential. We’d hate to close down,” Cassara stated.
This system, which has $1 million in funding, is distributing cash on a first-come, first-served foundation. For info go to: http://dublin.ca.gov/recoveryboostgrant