City of Ontario Launches Business Recovery Strategy

Efforts to develop the Strategy are underway through two important components: Business Utility Grant and a Survey.

A new recovery grant was released this month through the City of Ontario Economic Development Department to help Ontario small businesses pay for deferred utility payments due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This $5,000 Business Utility Assistance Grant Program is part of a new initiative launched by the City of Ontario to lead the local business community, comprised of more than 10,000 businesses, toward a swift recovery.  Eligibility requirements and more information is available at ontario.info/BusinessUtilityAssistance.

Over the next two months, the Economic Development Department will reach out to the business community through a survey and sector-specific forums to better understand exactly what they need – whether it is financial support, access to vaccines, or everything in between – and how the City can help them.  

The five-minute business-focused survey will be used to inform City Staff on the types of resources that are needed, including a very specific question: “What is the ONE thing the City of Ontario can do to support your business right now?” To view and take the survey, click here.  The survey will close April 30, 2021.

This survey data, along with the sector-specific forums to be hosted in May, will support the strategy, which will be broken into three main focuses: 
  •  Reopen – How can the City support businesses to ensure they have the tools and resources to reopen quickly and safely? 
  •  Reconnect – How can the City most effectively reconnect with the business community, and the business community reconnect with their customer base?
  •  Reimagine – How do we continue to reimagine properties, service delivery and programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you have questions regarding the Business Utility Assistance Grant Program, survey or Business Recovery Strategy, please contact the City of Ontario Economic Development Department at (909) 395-2005, [email protected] or visit www.ontariothinksbusiness.com.