The city heard from 182 businesses asking for financial help due to the pandemic, Smith told City Council Tuesday.
A city statement said nearly 80% of the businesses that applied for financial help have operated in Sandy Springs since at least 2005.
Business owners with up to 10 employees reported to the city that they saw more than a 40% decline in revenue in 2020 after the start of the pandemic. Local businesses employing larger numbers of staff reported a 30% decrease in revenue, Smith said during the city meeting.
“Our small businesses are the heart of our community and economy,” Mayor Rusty Paul said. “This relief program is an investment to help ensure our local business owners have the resources they need to keep going,”
The Sandy Springs Development Authority and Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber have helped to review applications and administer funds, officials said.