San Francisco launches large financial program for small businesses

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 15: San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a news conference at the future site of a Transitional Age Youth Navigation Center on January 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the opening of a new SAFE Navigation center for the homeless at 33 Gough. The opening brings the total number of new shelter beds that are opened, under construction of in development to more than 1,000 before the end of the year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – A new program will provide zero percent interest loans of up $100,000 to small businesses in San Francisco as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor London Breed said Thursday.

The SF Small Business Recovery Loan Fund began accepting applications on Thursday and seeks to reach small businesses that didn’t qualify for existing relief programs and that face barriers to acquiring capital.

“The COVID-19 pandemic decimated many of our small businesses and forced them to change their business models to meet public health and safety demands,” Breed said in a statement. “Small businesses have kept this city alive throughout the pandemic and will play a critical role in our economic recovery. It’s more important than ever that we provide necessary funding and pass legislation that will help small businesses successfully operate in San Francisco for years to come.”

The new program is made possible through leveraged investments from state-backed and community lending partners, creating the largest small business loan program the city has offered to date.

According to city officials, the program is urgently need to life the local economy and help businesses that continue to struggle, despite the state reopening last month. A recent report from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce found that as much as 50 percent of the city’s businesses remain closed even though COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted.

“Small businesses led the way out of the Great Recession, and they can do it again now, but not without access to business support and flexible and affordable credit,” San Francisco Office of Economic Workforce and Development Director Kate Sofis said. “Our small businesses need a continued, concerted effort to help them rebuild and reopen safely.”

The latest program is part of a bigger effort to provide immediate and ongoing support for small businesses, including providing $52.8 million in grants and loans to support more than 3,000 businesses, as well as tens of millions of dollars in fee and tax deferrals and help applying for state and federal funding programs.

Small businesses can apply for the city’s latest loan program online at www.caloanfund.org.

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