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'One Tampa' fund to help hundreds of small businesses

400 small businesses to be assisted
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Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 15:17:22-04

TAMPA, Fla. – As a part of the City of Tampa’s One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together efforts, the city plans on helping 400 small businesses.

According to a press release, that includes 100 small businesses per council district that didn’t previously qualify for aid.

Businesses must be in the City of Tampa Limits, the former required geographic zone parameters for Phase I & II are not applicable in Phase III.

Phase III will start with businesses that were disqualified during Phase I or II but still in need of financial assistance.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community and we realize that right now they’re struggling alongside so many. That’s why we’re making another substantial investment into our community through our One Tampa efforts which include many generous donations from those across our great city. While this year may have taken an unprecedented turn, we will get through this, like we always do, together," said Mayor Jane Castor.

The release says "critically impacted" businesses will get $2,000 checks to help them with business expenses.

Critically impacted businesses are those that closed or experienced a significant reduction in revenue over the past few months due to COVID- 19, according to the city.

Businesses that did not qualify for Phase I or II relief can apply online at www.OneTampa.org Friday, July 10 at noon.

To see frequently asked questions, visit the city's website.