MENIFEE – To show support for small businesses, Menifee’s Economic Development Department and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce are recognizing May as “Small Business Month.” Traditionally, the National Week for Small Businesses is the first week in May; however, they collectively felt one week was just not enough. The duo encouraged residents to support small local businesses, as they continue to face immense challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Currently, there are 30.2 billion small businesses in the United States, which account for 99.9% of all businesses. These small businesses make up 55% of the American workforce, and 57% of them rely on personal savings to start off. The city and chamber recognize this entrepreneurial spirit within the community, and honor all small businesses and entrepreneurs who play a pivotal role in strengthening the local economy – and as Menifee matures assists with its diversification.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the city has created a carve-out for Economic Development policies and programs. As part of the business relief program, the city’s Economic Development Department has rolled-out a new rewards program, hashtag #MeniFREEwards, to encourage patrons to shop locally and to support Menifee’s eateries who have been hit financially hard by the pandemic. When a patron orders takeout or delivery from a Menifee eatery, and they can share it on Facebook with the hashtag, the Menifee Economic Development Department will reward 20 winners daily with a $10 #MeniFREEward for every $10 spent on each order. The maximum reward is $30 each. For more information, visit https://www.menifeebusiness.com/rewards.
Showing additional business support, the Economic Development Department within the city of Menifee has published a website, http://menifeebusiness.com, which is dedicated to all business improvement, growth, expansion, retention and attraction needs, as well as an “Entrepreneur, Startup and Small Business Resource Guide” with information and resources for small-business needs, including how to start a business, checklists and contacts for all their business needs.
The Economic Development Department and Chamber of Commerce also have created a “Menifee CARES” webpage, as part of the city’s Recovery Resource Initiative which includes a business resource toolkit with a variety of resources to help assist small businesses during COVID-19. For more information, visit
Additionally, through the city’s Building Better Businesses program, a partnership with the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center provides additional resource assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, SBDC virtual business consulting sessions are available at no cost and have been made available Monday through Friday, as well as daily virtual webinars at 3 p.m. as it relates to their business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunity to ask the SBDC any additional questions or advice. The SBDC strives to provide solutions and opportunities for all small businesses to become successful, and their hope is to be the go-to resource for all small business-related information. For more information, visit https://inlandempiresbdc.org/, or call the Chamber of Commerce at 951-672-1991 or email the city Economic Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the overall Small Business Month celebration, the city’s Economic Development Department and Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce have created yard signs reading “I Support Menifee Businesses #ShopLocal” as a way to raise awareness of showing support of small businesses and shopping local. The signs are available on a first come first serve basis starting Monday, May 18, and are available for pick up at the chamber office located at 29737 New Hub Drive, Suite 102, in Menifee. For more information regarding how to pick up a sign, contact the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce at 951-672-1991 or email email@example.com, or the Economic Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding small business support and resources within Menifee, visit www.menifeebusiness.com or www.menifeevalleychamber.com or send any additional business-related questions to EconDev@cityofmenifee.us.
Submitted by city of Menifee.