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Building Healthy and Resilient Businesses


Small businesses are an important ingredient for neighborhood health, but skyrocketing commercial rents make it difficult for many San Mateo County businesses to remain in their communities. Strategies like commercial leasing support, targeted outreach, community benefit agreements, and leveraging institutional contracts can help neighborhood businesses thrive. As part of its 2019 Community Implementation Funding, Get Healthy SMC is partnering with Renaissance Mid-Peninsula to support low-income North County entrepreneurs and small businesses of color. SMC’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) is also building resiliency for community businesses by launching new pilot programs to improve access to the Green Business Program for underrepresented entrepreneurs and supporting food businesses’ transition to sustainable practices like reusable food service ware. San Mateo County is also considering an ordinance restricting the use of disposable food service ware for food facilities in unincorporated areas of the county, and is hosting forums on June 17th in Half Moon Bay and June 19th in Redwood City, as well as a webinar on June 10th.