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Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28) praised the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), and the City of Monterey Park for opening an in-person support center for small businesses that have been economically impacted by the January 21, 2023, mass shooting at Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California.
By News Desk
“Monterey Park continues to recover from the January mass shooting at Star Dance Studio that ripped 11 of our neighbors from us,” said Rep. Chu. “When Administrator Guzman and I visited small businesses next to and near the ballroom in the aftermath of the tragedy, we heard owners describe economic hardship and decreased foot traffic and sales they were experiencing.”
On February 24, 2023, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman traveled to Monterey Park and joined Rep. Chu in visiting with small businesses located near Star Dance Studio where the January 21 shooting took place.
Following that visit, on April 6, 2023, the SBA declared a disaster declaration for the Monterey Park mass shooting. This declaration means that small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations located in the declared disaster area of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern, Orange, and Ventura counties and which have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the shooting may be eligible for low-interest federal loans issued by the SBA. The deadline to apply for these loans is January 5, 2024.
Rep. Chu continued. “I am so grateful to the SBA, the City of Monterey Park, and Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) for opening this Support Center so that businesses can ask questions and get in-language guidance and support in applying for these EIDL loans. I strongly encourage anyone who thinks their business may be eligible to visit the Support Center and take advantage of this dedicated in-person, one-on-one assistance.”
Monterey Park small businesses will have access to an in-person Small Business Economic Disaster Loans (EIDL) Application Support Center dedicated to:
- providing free educational sessions about the EIDL program,
- clarifying who qualifies,
- 1-on-1 meetings with an advisor, and
- assistance navigating the EIDL application process.
Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, and Spanish interpretation services will be available by appointment. To schedule an appointment at the Support Center or for more information, contact the City of Monterey Park Economic Development Division at 626-307-1385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Person Small Business Economic Disaster Loans (EIDL) Application Support Center June 5-8, and June 12-15, 2023 11:00 am to 7:00 pm PST Location Barnes Park Service Club House, 440 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park English Explainer: montereypark.ca.gov/…/SBA-EIDL-Loan-Application-… Spanish Explainer: montereypark.ca.gov/…/SBA-EIDL-Loan-Application-… Chinese Explainer: montereypark.ca.gov/…/SBA-EIDL-Loan-Application-…
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