On March 20, 2020 Mayor Jordan announced the development of the Small Business Resiliency Task Force. The purpose of this task force is to expand capacity within the Department of Economic Vitality as it and it’s partners work to assist, explore, and develop resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Task Force will utilize a broad range of expertise from various organizations and industry sectors and be charged with the following:
Identifying additional measures to alleviate burdens from small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic;
Identifying access to capital opportunities for businesses who are not eligible for certain State or Federal resources;
Identifying measures to assist dislocated workers impacted by business closures due to COVID-19;
Access best practices for small business support from communities across the country, exploring how to adapt them to work within the parameters of the laws of the City of Fayetteville and State of Arkansas;
Identifying and developing mid-term and long-term strategies for the redevelopment and activation of small businesses within the City of Fayetteville.