San Ramon To Launch Business Relief Program: Coronavirus

Courtney Teague

SAN RAMON, CA — The San Ramon City Council voted Wednesday during a special meeting to execute a $22,500 contract with Townsend Public Affairs to create a three-month relief program for businesses impacted by the new coronavirus.

Businesses may currently qualify for state or federal assistance, but "due to the constantly evolving nature of new programs and application processes, many local businesses are struggling with navigating the confusing landscape," Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski wrote in a report to the council.

Townsend said in its proposal that it will: help San Ramon determine what state and federal resources can aid local businesses; create a business support center; launch a public information campaign; solicit business feedback; and interact with and screen businesses to ensure they are eligible for assistance.

The city will notify businesses in its database about the effort.

This article originally appeared on the San Ramon Patch