Recovery Zone Expands

On Nov. 25, 2014, the Recovery Stl Coalition met to respond to the needs of small businesses impacted during the unrest following the grand jury’s announcement in the Michael Brown case. The Recovery Stl team authorized the expansion of the geographical boundaries of the Small Business Relief Program in north St. Louis County to include the Tower Grove area of south St. Louis on Grand between Interstate 44 and Gravois Avenue.

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At this point, we believe 21 businesses were damaged in south St. Louis and more than 50 were damaged or destroyed in Ferguson and the surrounding business districts. Our team members are going door to door where possible and calling business owners to get an idea of the extent of damage.

Business owners may contact us at 314-206-3235 or recoverystl@stlregionalchamber.com for immediate assistance.

Recovery Stl is an effort of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and a coalition of 6 banks.

The $1 million dollar Small Business Relief Program provides zero-interest loans to businesses impacted by the unrest resulting from the Michael Brown shooting.

(Main photo of Grand Avenue on the evening of Nov. 24, 2014 courtesy St. Louis Public Radio. Inset photo of boarded-up business on Grand Avenue in St. Louis.)