S.F.’s smaller companies, struggling amid pandemic, to get far more monetary help

San Francisco is introducing $3.5 million to a personal loan plan the metropolis created this calendar year to assist struggling enterprises endure the coronavirus pandemic.



a person sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: Mayor London Breed, shown here during an October press conference, has announced the expansion of a city loan program aimed at helping small businesses survive the pandemic.


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Mayor London Breed, shown right here throughout an Oct push convention, has introduced the expansion of a town bank loan plan aimed at supporting compact corporations survive the pandemic.


The program, identified as the San Francisco Hardship and Emergency Personal loan Application or SF Help, will supply zero-curiosity financial loans of up to $50,000 to somewhere around 80 tiny businesses, the metropolis declared Monday.

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“I’m so happy that we’re in a position to present a different spherical of significantly-necessary funding for San Francisco’s small businesses. COVID-19 isn’t in excess of and as we start the tricky do the job of recovering as a metropolis, we need to carry on to be there for our firms,” Mayor London Breed reported in a assertion.

The pandemic has exacerbated the woes of the city’s little businesses, with lots of companies closing forever.

Given that April, when the financial loan program was established, $8.5 million has gone to 227 tiny business representing a vary of sectors: bars, restaurants, dry cleaners, childcare, hair salons, health solutions, suppliers and fitness centers, amid many others. All over 74% are minority-owned compact companies and 52% are females-owned businesses, metropolis officers stated.

The loans can be employed to pay back for hire, payroll, tools and other working charges. They have a compensation term of up to 6 decades, and there are no costs, private assures or collateral necessities for the borrower, in accordance to the announcement. The deadline to use is Nov. 25.

A lottery procedure will figure out which organizations can submit a official software, with preference presented to firms with small to moderate money. It was unclear what constitutes very low to average profits.

San Francisco has offered out more than $21 million in grants and loans to more than 1,000 companies as the pandemic has dragged on. Even even now, numerous businesses that remain open up are teetering on the verge of long term closure.

The metropolis has aided in other strategies — not too long ago waiving charges for leisure and nightlife venues that have not operated for months, and waiving service fees for outside seating and parklets. Little organizations ought to use to receive the cost waivers.

Shwanika Narayan is a San Francisco Chronicle workers writer. E mail: [email protected] Twitter: @shwanika Instagram: @shwanika

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