Here are a few items of interest to DC small businesses as we move into the Fall and Winter months:
1. Applications for the DC Small Business Resiliency Fund opened on Tuesday, October 6, at 4:00 PM. This new fund will provide $3 million in emergency operational funding for small, brick-and-mortar, for-profit businesses located in the District. The fund will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), and the deadline to apply is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. All complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered for funding. Learn more at: coronavirus.dc.gov/page/small-business-resiliency-fund
2. Applications are still being accepted for the DC Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program. The Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture is providing a one-time grant to restaurants that currently offer outdoor dining in the District. Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program funds may be used for outdoor dining winterization purposes and to maintain outdoor dining operations. Learn more at: coronavirus.dc.gov/recovery-business
3. And for the health and safety of our businesses, their employees and their customers, the Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture has put together an Outdoor Dining Guide with guidance and permit instructions for the use of tents and heaters. There are no costs for these permits and no additional insurance requirements. Be sure to review the guidelines for expanded and outdoor seating in Reimagining Outdoor Space: Restaurants and Retail.
4. In case you missed it, you can watch the Oct 6th Economic Recovery Team Weekly Check-In that covered many of the topics above and much more.