Many of our local small businesses were ordered to shut down during the early weeks and months of the pandemic. This economic hardship hit women- and POCI-owned businesses especially hard. Financial supports are available, but the early guidance about the Payroll Protection Program and expanded unemployment benefits available under the CARES Act left some self-employed and small business owners with the impression that they were not eligible to apply for assistance. Circles of Support has been actively raising awareness about eligibility requirements and assisting small businesses and self-employed individuals in our community in their efforts to apply for and obtain funding under these important programs.
If you or someone you know needs assitance navigating the PPP or unemployment benefits application processes, please contact us to be matched with a Circles of Support advocate.