Businesses Reopening & City Support
As we work to support our business community transition from a Shelter in Place period to a new normal, work is underway to evolve safely in partnership with our businesses. This page will be updated as new programs and policies are implemented to help businesses during this difficult time.
Introducing Uplift Local, supporting outdoor business
Formerly called "Summer Streets," the Uplift Local program provides an opportunity for expanded outdoor dining, retail, and personal service experiences in Palo Alto’s business districts such as Cal Avenue, the Downtown core, and other areas within the community. If you would like to participate, head to the Uplift Local for Business page.
Request Business Signage
The City would like to help you reopen. One way we can do that is by providing you with some signage that reminders to our community about new safety rules and tips. Download your sign of size 8.5x11, 11x17 and 24x36.
Fill out this form to request a printed sign. We'll deliver it to you as quickly as we can.
Palo Alto Small Business Relief Fund
The City of Palo Alto has established the Palo Alto Small Business Relief Fund to collect donations to directly aid our local businesses. Donations collected will be administered by the East Bay Community Foundation, and leverage the City’s initial contribution of $500,000. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today.
Business Recovery Grant Program
The Small Business Recovery Grant Program is one effort underway to help support small businesses during this challenging time. The grant program seeks to minimize local small business impacts by offering up to $10,000 in one-time grants for for-profit businesses meeting specific criteria. Learn more about the City's Recovery Grant Program.
Network with Others
Business to Business Slack Channel
Join the Palo Alto business to business Slack Channel and network with other businesses.
Sign-up for Business-Related Email Updates
Sign up to receive a business newsletter focused on providing updates as we reopen and as new state and county health order are implemented.
Online Business Support Center
Check out our business assistance center for online resources to support your business and employees during this challenging time. Go to cityofpaloalto.org/businessassistance
Supporting our business community, supports the whole community. Learn more about ways the community can support our local businesses at cityofpaloalto.org/supportlocal