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More funding available from Workforce Development Board of Solano County

Written by Daily Republic Staff

 

FAIRFIELD — The Workforce Development Board of Solano County established a new Covid-19 Layoff Aversion Fund earlier this month to support small businesses in the county.

The fund was designed to assist Solano’s small businesses that face financial hardships and are experiencing economic stresses from Covid-19 by providing grants to avoid potential layoffs and prevent facility closures. The Solano Workforce Development Board launched the program April 8 and within 48 hours had received more than $120,000 in Solano County small-business grant applications. The Workforce Development Board, with more than 30 applications in hand, has utilized the $60,000 grant funding to support 15 small businesses to avoid layoffs. It has already helped save 75 Solano County jobs. The grant provided financial assistance to businesses to purchase telecommute equipment for their employees, in addition to the acquisition of software and equipment designed to help their products and services be accessed remotely or online. “At a time when many small local businesses are being overlooked, the WDB has been there to help out . . . we were thrilled to receive a grant for the purchase of necessary hardware and software so we can move forward with online classes and virtual training,” said Tony and Patricia Brantley of Revolution Martial Arts, in a press release.

“This grant has allowed me to sleep a bit better at night and I have no doubt that the items I will now be able to purchase will help draw in more customers during this hard time,” said Nicole Hodge of League of Chefs/Provisions, in the same release. The Workforce Development Board still has more than $150,000 in eligible applications to fund for small businesses in the county. The agency has recommitted $25,000 in local and state Rapid Response workforce funding to continue meeting the needs of Solano County small businesses and their employees and expects financial contributions from other community stakeholders in the coming weeks.

The next round of funding is dedicated to assisting restaurants to implement online ordering and delivery options in partnership with the Solano Small Business Development Center and San Francisco-based Cloud Kitchens. For more information about the new Workforce Development Board Covid-19 Lay Off Aversion Fund and how to apply, visit www.solanoemployment.org or contact April Ziomek-Portillo, senior manager of business services, ataziomek@solanowdb.org.


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