Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation (FCIDC), as one of the 12 Regional Development Corporations around the state, has been selected to reach out to small businesses in our region to make them aware of the Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). This program is designed to “reduce barriers that all small businesses … often face in accessing critical support.” FCIDC’s role is to provide some initial guidance on what businesses need in order to register and what they can expect from the program.
CNPP is a 2-year program that will pair small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with technical assistance providers (vendors) to assist with those trying to adapt to new practices, retrofit a physical space, or access new technology. The awards range from $500 to $5,000 and will be paid directly to the vendor. There is no expense for the business through this program. This program is first-come, first served and it is expected that funds will be awarded quickly.
For a business to qualify it must:
- have been established as of March 15, 2020 and impacted by COVID-19. This impact can be positive or negative. You may qualify if your business has seen a decline in revenues and you are looking for ways to improve operations or if you have seen an increase in business and need technical assistance reacting to the increased demand.
- have an active DUNS number. For more information, please visit https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html
- have average revenues for 2019 – 2021 greater than $5,0000.00
- have a general idea of what kind of technical assistance you may need
There will be an informational webinar Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. The link for registration is: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkfumrrzspG9x6e1e1Fpu39QmoZPQlpy5O.