Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has announced a $1 million microgrant program called The Resilient Restart EBR Program that aims to help small businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money for the program is from the federal CARES Act.
The program will award one-time grants of $2,500 that do not require repayment. It is open to small business owners classified as low-to-moderate income individuals and those who own and operate a business in low-to-moderate income areas in East Baton Rouge. The city government will give special consideration to minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and veteran service-disabled-owned businesses.
Aside from the grants, the program will provide entrepreneurial support services at no cost to grant recipients. These include small business education, one-on-one business counseling, comprehensive business planning and support, loan packaging and business certifications.