El Paso BBB: Help is available for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19

As the Covid-19 surge continues to impact the region, the Better Business Bureau Paso del Norte’s ElPasoBusinessStrong.org has free resources that can help local businesses.

“This has been a year unlike any other, but El Pasoans and our businesses are strong,” said Marybeth Stevens, President of BBB Paso del Norte. “By accessing the clear, credible information at EPBusinessStrong.org you’ll be better equipped to help your business adapt and thrive.”

Officials share that if the small business is closing for the next two weeks or just struggling to find protective equipment during the community’s historic surge in cases, the resources are available.

This is a sample of those resources:

  • Grants for businesses which do not have to be repaid
  • Independent contractors and sole proprietors can now apply for up to $25,000 in grants from PeopleFund.
  • Microenterprise businesses with one to four employees can now apply for up $25,000 in grants from Project Vida.
  • Small businesses with between five and 30 employees can now apply for up to $50,000 in grants from Lift Fund. This program was previously limited to businesses with a maximum of 20 employees
  • A list of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturers and retailers curated by the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation and Bio El Paso Juarez.
  • An interactive map of local manufacturing partners, curated by UTEP’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which can help connect your business with everything from plastics manufacturers to pizza boxes.
  • Information on UTHealth’s free program which can help businesses implement physical changes to their work spaces to help slow the spread of COVID-19