City Website Overwhelmed By Small Businesses Seeking Coronavirus Relief Funding

Part of a city of San Diego’s website was fast impressed final week by tiny businesses seeking puncture grants and loans to assistance them stay solvent, during a coronavirus pestilence army many of them to close.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a City Council authorized $6.1 million to be given to tiny businesses impacted by a forced shutdowns. The online focus was due to go live during 5 p.m. on Friday yet was fast done untouched as a rush of web trade impressed city servers.

Christina Bibler, executive of a city’s Economic Development Department, pronounced a city was means to revive a website several hours later. She pronounced her group spent all weekend returning voicemails from undone business owners and sent out PDF versions of a applications to safeguard everybody was means to submit.

“We’re operative parallel to set adult additional supports to be done accessible by private entities and donations,” Bibler said. “We knew that $6.1 million was not going to be adequate for a tiny businesses.”

Marchelle McKiernan, owners of Bluxom Salon in North Park, pronounced it took her about 6 and a half hours to finally contention her focus online.

“What was many unpleasant was looking during these opposite mayors high-fiving a mayor for doing such a good job, yet not even deliberation that hundreds of business owners were in hysterics perplexing to get in line for this funding,” McKiernan said. “And many of them will tighten if they don’t get it.”

McKiernan pronounced she sealed her business a week before a county systematic salons closed, and that she had to lay off all her employees — yet she skeleton on rehiring them as shortly as she’s means to open adult again.

As of Monday evening, a city had perceived some-more than 6,200 applications for service funding. Bibler pronounced grants would still be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and that some of a supports were indifferent for businesses located in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.


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