Virtual event connects small businesses to pandemic relief

Virtual event connects small businesses to pandemic relief
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By Kathy Chouteau

Do you run a small local business that could benefit from an injection of pandemic relief right now? “The Contra Costa Small Business Access to Capital,” a free virtual presentation and panel set for Friday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, may be just what the doctor ordered.

Hosted by The Family Economic Opportunity Network and organized by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center—Richmond, the virtual event will feature an array of funding options available for smaller sized businesses in Contra Costa County.

“The Contra Costa County Micro-Enterprise Relief Fund offers grants to Contra Costa County micro-businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bret Sweet, East Bay program director of

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center—Richmond about one option available, noting that the virtual event will also include info about “other funding sources for microenterprises and small businesses in Contra Costa County.”

Among the micro funding and small business organization representatives participating in the virtual event will be: Ronnie Mills, Richmond Main Street Initiative; Trevor Nelson, KIVA (crowd funded microloans; Hyder Shuja, Pacific Community Ventures (microloans); Ebere Sonoiki, Working Solutions  (microloans); Diana Adame, Mission Asset Fund (immigrant-focused microloans); and the aforementioned Sweet, representing Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s microenterprise grants.

For more info or to register for the free virtual event, click here. Questions? Contact Bret Sweet at [email protected] or 510-221-2002.