The Small Business Empowerment Program assists historically marginalized business owners including Black, Indigenous, People Of Color business owners and business owners with disabilities recognized by the ADA who have experienced severe disproportionate barriers in the development review process. Read more about the program.
We provide extra assistance in the areas of land use, permitting and inspections to help small business owners and entrepreneurs from the communities described above.
How the Small Business Empowerment Program Works
Researches and investigates various codes and regulations on behalf of customers
Empowers clients with the information needed to negotiate before signing a lease agreement for future tenants and building owners.
Collaborates with clients to brainstorm options for addressing the permitting/ building issues in a manner that works best for them
Guides clients through the resolution process until the issues are resolved and the project is permitted
Connects small business owners to available community resources
Completion of this form does not guarantee acceptance into the Small Business Empowerment Program. If you meet program eligibility, a team member will contact you with next steps. If you falsify or deliberately misrepresent information on this form, your application will not be accepted into the program.
If you are not accepted into the Small Business Empowerment program, you will be notified with alternative resources for your project.