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Town hall to be held for businesses to discuss new grant and strategies for the holidays

Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:14:02-04

A new grant program opens up today, making $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds available to Nevada businesses and some other organizations.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension will focus on explaining this program, the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant (PETS), at its next online town hall to support small businesses across the state during the pandemic.

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The town hall is free and there will be an English-language session this Wednesday (Oct. 21) and a Spanish-language session next Wednesday (Oct. 28).

During the sessions, presenters will explain the details of the new assistance program, including grant eligibility, how to submit an application, documents that are required, different rewards levels, and the eligible business expenses under the grant.

In addition, there will be updates on some other assistance programs, such as the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. And, with the nation about to grapple with its first holiday season amid COVID-19, strategies for business owners, ranging from marketing Black Friday to retooling their business's brand for the new year, will also be discussed.

Extension has been offering a series of weekly online town halls and webinars for small businesses, “Coping With COVID-19,” since April. Details on this upcoming town hall include:

“The New PETS Grant and Strategies for the Holidays” town hall panelists include:

- From the Governor's Office of Economic Development – Tatjana Vukovic, business development manager (English session)

- From the Small Business Administration – Saul Ramos, deputy district director (English session); and Alfredo Cedeño, outreach/marketing specialist (Spanish session)

- Alex Nicole Garza, solutions expert for entrepreneurs and caregivers

- From Extension – Reyna Mendez and Juan Salas, business development instructors; and Mike Bindrup, research associate

The town halls usually run about an hour. To register:

- For the 9 a.m., Oct. 21, English-language town hall, click here.

- For the 5:30 p.m., Oct, 28, Spanish-language town hall, click here.