On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College held its virtual awards ceremony for the sixteen local businesses who received Micro Grants of over $4,000, through the Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program. The Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program is a local business recovery initiative largely supported by the San Bruno Community Foundation, to support small businesses as they work to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BAEC developed the Micro Grants Program, whereby businesses in San Bruno were funded to maintain and adapt and improve operations to meet the needs of our rapidly changing environment. Aubrey Merriman, CEO of the Boy & Girls Club of North County, served on our Micro Grants Review Panel, a group comprised of esteemed community members, all charged with the big task of combing through grant applications and vetting award recipients. Aubrey says, “It was a true privilege and pleasure to serve in this capacity and support the important work of our small businesses!” The sixteen Micro Grant award recipients, along with other businesses, are attending workshops and one-on-one business strategy sessions with the BAEC’s team of coaches for continual support of their business recovery.
The BAEC would like to thank our many community partners, especially the City of San Bruno, the San Mateo County Community College Foundation, the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, our Micro Grants Review Panel and the San Bruno Community Foundation. We would also like to thank the small businesses-vital and essential to our communities.
Article by Pcyeta Stroud
Image by Olivia Vialau and Nicole Moreno-Deinzer