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City awards nearly $6 million in B-CARES funds to small businesses

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Bakersfield City Hall North.

The city of Bakersfield's B-CAREs small business assistance grant program has awarded nearly $6 million to 938 businesses, according to the city's weekly general information memo.

The money is for businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, closures and stay-at-home orders.

The memo said the city has approved $5.93 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security funds in about four months. It started in September with an initial $3 million in funds.

The program is now closed. The city's Finance Department is expected to soon issue an in-depth report on the funding, the memo said.