Together We’re OneHB – Supporting Local Business!
Our businesses in HB play a critical role in the viability of our community and the City’s ability to offer services. It is vital that our business community is able to not only survive the COVID-19 pandemic, but to come back stronger. It is safe to say that a vast majority of our businesses in HB are in the small “mom and pop” category, sole proprietors, 10 employees or less and many unable to successfully navigate the different resources offered at the federal, state, and local levels.
Our small businesses need our help, now more than ever, if they are going to be able to continue to operate, or open for business in the future. Together We’re OneHB Supporting Local Business is a community campaign to do just that, offer financial support, a lifeline, a micro grant that will help keep the doors open and keep our economy in Huntington Beach Open for Business. The goal is to bridge philanthropy and community giving in support of our local small businesses. The OneHB Small Business Grant Program is a partnership between the City of Huntington Beach, The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, CIELO (Community for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Opportunities and the SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Grants will be disbursed in the amount of $5,000 each to eligible businesses to be used for payroll, rent/ lease payments, utilities, inventory, tenant improvements related to safety during the pandemic, purchase of PPE and other approved operational expenses. Businesses will be awarded a maximum of one grant, regardless of the number of locations they may have in Huntington Beach.
The first round of grants will be distributed to a targeted number of businesses based on the request of one of our major donors who would like their funding to be used to assist businesses in the “Resort District”( those are businesses that are within the boundaries of our Downtown Business Improvement District as well as businesses bounded by 1st St. to Beach Blvd. and PCH to Pacific View Ave.) Future rounds of the program will be opened to businesses Citywide as funding becomes available.
Applications for the “Resort District” funding round will be accepted online beginning Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM and will close on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications will only be accepted online. For more information visit hbready.com/onehb/. For those applicants who need assistance completing their application please contact the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 1 (800) 616 -7232.
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To be eligible for this first round of funding, your business must be located within the Resort District and meet the eligibility requirements outlined below. The Resort District is defined as follows:
All businesses within the boundaries of the Downtown Business Improvement District, as well as those businesses that are bound by First Street to Beach Blvd, and Pacific Coast Hwy to Pacific View Ave.
- Must be a for-profit business.
- Must have been in continuous operation for at least a year prior to March 1, 2020. (Unless forced to close due to COVID-19).
- Must employ fewer than 10 FTE W-2 employees.
- Must be located in Huntington Beach with an active business license from March 2019 to date.
- Must be operating business in a retail/commercial/industrial space and be able to provide a lease/mortgage agreement as proof.
- Has not received more than $1,000 in COVID-19 related grants.
- Must be a business in good standing with the City of Huntington Beach, with no outstanding fees or fines owed.
- Must not be owned or operated by anyone related to an employee or elected representative of any of the program partners.
- Must not be a home based business, a mobile business, or a business operating under a virtual office lease. Must attest to the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the business.
- Must agree to participate in a general survey related to how the funds were used six months after receipt of funds.
- Must agree to spend the funds received within 3 months of receipt.
- Must agree to retain records of expenditures for a period of 5 years.
- Must agree to participate in a pre-funding business assessment to determine if additional non-monetary assistance is available through any of the program partners.
Priority will be given to businesses that have not received any other COVID-19 related funding.