Huntington Beach City Manager’s Report: July 24, 2020

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants

824 small businesses were selected to receive grants ranging from $5000 to $10,000 through the Huntington Beach COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program. The grant program is funded with the $4.75 million in federal CARES Act funding received from the County. All grant funds can be used by small businesses towards personnel or operation costs incurred during the Stay-at-Home order. The City’s non-profit partner, Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC), is now working with each grant recipient to gather the documentation necessary to receive their grants. A rolling list of recipients who have finalized their grant agreements is available at and will be updated every Friday.

Surf City Open Air Dining Program

Apply for our Surf City Open Air Dining Program – a free, expedited permit process to allow food service businesses to temporarily expand outdoors onto adjacent sidewalks, parking lots, and plazas. Apply now to take advantage of this opportunity to operate outdoors, during the statewide closure of indoor dining:

Surf City Stroll

When the State ordered the closure of indoor dining due to an increase of COVID-19 cases, the City decided to help local restaurants by closing the 2nd block of Main Street to temporarily install outdoor dining areas. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, these areas will allow participating restaurants to expand their operations and provide a safe, al fresco dining experience. Your favorite restaurant will service their own tables spaced six feet apart, and the areas will be cleaned regularly. We also invite you to stroll by to shop or do curbside pickup to support our downtown businesses. Just remember to maintain social distance and wear a mask whenever possible.

This article was released by the City of Huntington Beach.

Looking to start or grow your business?

We at the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC, are here to help you with every aspect of your business to help it grow and become successful.
Give us a call at 1-800-616-7232 or schedule a quick, 15-minute intake appointment at to see how we can help you start, grow, and succeed.

Huntington Beach City Manager’s Report: July 24, 2020

Mike Daniel is the network director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Mike was formerly the director of the SBDC office at Long Beach City College. As business owner and entrepreneur himself, he started his career as the owner of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory location in Manhattan Beach and went on to open a second location in Long Beach in 2001. In 2007, Mike sold the Manhattan Beach store for an above-market offer then invested in several additional locations as a minority shareholder. Mike further expanded his candy empire with venture located in Shoreline Village in Long Beach called Sugar Daddies Sweet Shoppe, based on fill-it yourself candy options.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.