Harder Secures Grant to Help Save 800 Jobs in Stanislaus County
WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Save Stanislaus COVID Intervention Program has received a $158,293 grant dedicated to providing critical and immediate help to local small businesses harmed by the pandemic. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) estimates that the program will save 800 jobs and leverage $40.5 million in private investments in Stanislaus County. The program, federally funded and operated through Opportunity Stanislaus, will help small businesses stay open throughout the pandemic while helping them plan for long-term resilience.
“Our small businesses have taken hit after hit during this pandemic. We have to do everything we can to help them stay open and protect their jobs as we work on vaccinating the Valley and reopening our economy,” said Rep. Harder. “I know how hard it is to run a small business, and I’m going to find every resource I can to make sure our Valley can rebuild our local economy and come out of this disaster stronger than ever. This funding should help us through these final tough months.”
Opportunity Stanislaus Chief Executive Officer David White expressed his excitement over the grant. “We have worked since mid-March last year to help businesses recover from the challenges presented by Covid-19,” said White. “We started websites with resources for both businesses and the general public; created informational commercials and online training programs and devoted significant staff time to provide relief and we see this as a way to continue provision of relief.”
Opportunity Stanislaus has contracted with Strategic Solutions to spearhead efforts around surveying companies and creating a plan that increases the capability of the region to respond to future crises of high magnitude. Work on the grant has already begun and Opportunity Stanislaus plans to start meeting with businesses as early as this week. Businesses interested in participating should contact April Potter at (209) 422-6427 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full grant details can be found on the EDA website here.