ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 19, 2021) – In response to the drastic change in the business environment stemming from the pandemic, the City of St. Petersburg has developed a new non-profit and small business incentive package in support of the sustained success of St. Pete’s health, local economy, and cultural landscape called the St. Pete Small Business Resilience + Retention Incentive Package. The funding for the Resilience + Retention package comes from the remaining funding from the City’s Fighting Chance Funds and a portion of CARES Act Funding as received by Pinellas County, totaling $2,536,000 in dedicated package funding. Four programs make up the package with grants available starting at $2,500 up to $20,000 and include:
- Business Support Organizations Program
- Non-Profit Event Host Organizations Program
- Small Business Retention and Restoration Microfund Program
- Arts and Culture Business and Performance Program
An organization or entity is eligible to apply for only one of the Resilience and+ Retention programs. Applicants should consider all programs before applying to determine which program will best suit their needs. The programs will be rolled out in a phased schedule and reviewed on first come, first complete basis. Technical and application assistance will be available for each program by phone, email and 1-on-1 via virtual office hours. In support of the four funding programs, The Greenhouse is also promoting the availability of the Small Business Navigator Program – a complimentary business visit or virtual meeting service offered to St. Pete’s small businesses. The service is designed to help identify the needs of our local businesses and connect business owners with assistance, resources and solutions available to accommodate for continued resilience, growth and success. Business owners have received support specific to their business growth and development and insights gained from these types of visits have resulted in the creation of new programs and services offered through The Greenhouse that are helping the small business community succeed and thrive in St. Pete. For key information, important dates, and program application requirements, visit stpete.org/resilience-retention.