El Monte opened a “Business Resource Center” Tuesday to help local businesses navigate their way through the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center will help El Monte businesses with Small Business Administration and non-SBA loan and grant applications, give businesses information and tips, and provide an employment matching tool for essential businesses to find available labor from El Monte residents who have been laid off or had hours reduced during the pandemic, according to City Manager Alma Martinez.

“Businesses are the beating heart of the El Monte community; and they deserve the City’s support,” El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero said. “The goal of the Business Resource Center is to retain and revitalize business, create economic opportunities and foster a sense of community. Having access to business development tools helps promote the growth of small and emerging businesses citywide.

“Entrepreneurs need capital, services and training and this initiative offers just that. Also, the Business Resource Center will serve as a connection for those seeking jobs and employers who have positions to offer.”

The center will be “virtually open” with three staff members working Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Martinez said.

The Business Resource Center can be visited at bit.ly/2UUFHrH.

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