ST. BERNARD, Ohio (WKRC) - Hamilton County Commissioners and community partners announced a new program to help small businesses recover from the pandemic.
It was launched Wednesday in St. Bernard. During the kickoff, Commissioner Alicia Reece called small businesses the backbone of the county and said they need help to recover from the pandemic.
The 513 Small Business Assist will provide one-on-one support with grant applications, business planning, marketing, and access to funding, according to the website.
It's hands-on tech assistance to help cut through the red tape to get small business owners help from the local, state and federal governments.
Commissioners learned that a number of small businesses weren't able to access CARES Act funding. One reason they didn't receive the funding is that they didn't have the support to go after those dollars, according to Commissioner Denise Driehaus.
"The relief dollars are great if you can access them. If you can't, then you lose out."