The City of Tacoma recently launched the Tacoma Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center CARES Act Assistance Program to help small and minority-owned businesses navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the program, the City of Tacoma will partner with community-based organizations to provide small and minority-owned businesses training and technical assistance on the identification of funding, compliance with Paycheck Protection Program rules, strategies to pivot and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety, and cybersecurity.

“This kind of assistance is particularly important because entrepreneurs of color were underrepresented even before this pandemic. Culturally relevant and tailored assistance will help small businesses survive the economic impacts of COVID-19 by helping them to better understand and leverage the intricate web of resources available across the region,” Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a press release.

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