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Shop the Block Program Extended To June 2021

The City of Austin has extended the Shop the Block pilot program until June 2021 to help small businesses continue operations during COVID-19 restrictions. This pilot program, brought forth by Councilmember Pool, was originally conceived and implemented in the summer of 2020. The program allows food, beverage, and retail businesses to apply for a 6

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$325 Billion for Small Business in New Stimulus Package

Thanks to the SBA for putting this amazing outline together so quickly and for Local First Utah for bringing it to our attention. As additional information is released about how to access these funds, we will share it as soon as we get it. Stay strong out there, Local Austin! *********** The Economic Aid to

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Construction Opportunities At Tesla

Tesla is committed to establishing a comprehensive construction supplier base by assessing the technical, managerial competency, and financial soundness of a company. Tesla is also committed to expanding its diversity with smaller businesses, which include Texas certified Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB).This notice of upcoming solicitation opportunities will allow local businesses to assess opportunities, get pre-qualified

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Austin Young Chamber’s LEAD Summit

Are you ready to LEAD? Join other young professionals for the Austin Young Chamber’s virtual LEAD Summit on Feb 19 for a full day of professional development, community and civic engagement, and personal growth! The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day conference combining learning and action. The Summit strengthens

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Austin Live Music Preservation Fund Open

Good news for live music venues in danger of closing: the City of Austin Economic Development Department has opened applications for emergency relief grants from the Austin Live Music Preservation Fund, for which $5 million was mobilized through the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) resolution, originally announced in September. The funds will be administered

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SAVES Fund Update

In October, the Austin City Council approved Ordinance No. 20201001-052, which authorized the development of three grant programs that together are referred to as Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES). These programs seek to provide immediate relief for live music venues, art venues, restaurants and bars, and childcare facilities.  The current plan is to expand

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