Program Seeks To Help Businesses That Struggled Through Pandemic

Sacramento is about to go live. As of Thursday, businesses can now host live audiences, conventions, and sporting events, and a grant program aims to boost efforts to bring back business lost because of the pandemic.

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- The city of Sacramento is about to go live. Today, businesses can now host live audiences, conventions, and sporting events.

- And a grant program hopes to boost efforts to bring back businesses lost during the pandemic. Here's CBS 13's Rachel Wulff.

RACHEL WULFF: Bo Yeong is ready for a little taste of what life was like pre-pandemic.

BO YEONG: We were closed for about a year.

RACHEL WULFF: She manages Koja Kitchen in the 700 block of K Street. The restaurant reopening and reinventing itself, upgrading their downstairs bar.

BO YEONG: Well, we brought in a DJ, and we sort of renovated the place.

RACHEL WULFF: With the help of a $500 micro-grant through the Downtown Sacramento Foundation.

- We're all, as we're reopening, looking at opportunities to create a welcoming and vibrant city, and that's really what Reimagine is all about.

RACHEL WULFF: These Reimagine activation grants designed to reinvigorate a downtown that's seen a downturn during the pandemic.

- We have some small fitness studios, event producers. So they'll do things like boot camp at the waterfront, or maybe a live art performance, or even a temporary mural.

RACHEL WULFF: There's currently $15,000 available. Once you apply, money can be released in a week.

- Crux is that they're activating their space and using it in a way that is compliant with the grant. But absolutely, we can turn around real quick.

RACHEL WULFF: The amount may seem small, but can have a big impact.

BO YEONG: So the DJ, it kind of like got the mood going.

RACHEL WULFF: Small businesses surrounding the Golden 1 Center still waiting for big events to bring back big business. The first major concert not slated until June, leaving many months of uncertainty but also hope.

BO YEONG: I think just, it starts with like, a little bit at a time.

RACHEL WULFF: As Yeong looks at neighboring businesses, she wants to get the word out.

BO YEONG: I think we sort of just brainstorm and feed ideas off of each other.

RACHEL WULFF: Because success speaks volumes about the potential of businesses backing one another.