As businesses across the city of Milpitas find creative ways to grow and adapt their businesses during COVID-19, the Milpitas Small Business Spotlight program will provide an opportunity for 15 local small businesses to create a 90-second promotional video featuring their business. We have asked the community to nominate their favorite Milpitas-based small businesses and received over 60 nominations. On September 25th the Office of Economic Development held a lottery to select 15 businesses to be “in the Spotlight.” The promotional videos will be shown across the City’s social media channels and a copy of the video will be given to the selected business as well. The Spotlight program will showcase these videos over the next 12-15 months to continue supporting and promoting our local businesses. The names of the 15 selected businesses will be divulged after verifying they meet all eligibility requirements.

Link to video

Lottery Results

Small Business Spotlight Flyer

The Milpitas Microenterprise Grant Program Lottery took place on August 31, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.  The Lottery was recorded via Zoom​​. RANDOM.org was used as the online platform to randomly select Lottery numbers.  A total of 38 applicants were selected and conditionally approved to receive grants of $5,000 each to assist their microenterprise business during the pandemic. Qualified applicants that were not selected will be put on a waitlist based on ranking.  All applicants, whether selected in the top 38 or not, will receive free technical assistance by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center.

Here are copies of the Milpitas Microenterprise Grant Program Lottery results document and a screen shot of the RANDOM.ORG results.

The video is also uploaded onto the City’s YouTube channel and can be viewed similar to other City public meetings here.

For more information about the Microenterprise Grant Program Lottery, meeting the goals of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and

the overall grant process, please call the Enterprise Foundation (Fiscal Agent) at 415-881-7232.  If you need assistance in Mandarin, Spanish or Vietnamese, Enterprise Foundation staff can also assist you at the same number.

 

In order to best support your business, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so we can best identify your most pressing needs and respond to the Milpitas business community accordingly.