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E-Commerce Platform Development and Technical Assistance Program

The Better Business Bureau Foundation of El Paso (BBB), in collaboration with the City of El Paso, is looking to support small food-based and retail businesses to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 with an E-Commerce Platform Development and Technical Assistance Program. Small businesses accepted into the program will receive services that will include a 1-1 assessment of its online presence and opportunities, development or optimization of online platform, digital marketing assistance, and training at no cost.

Buy Local Marketing Initiative Better Business Bureau El Paso

The “Buy El Paso” marketing initiative will promote and boost local businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will encourage more El Pasoans to shop these businesses and promote public health by putting a focus on local businesses seeking to operate and reopen safely.
Follow the “Buy El Paso” FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages for information and updates on how to support El Paso Businesses.

Go Digital!
Project Vida​

Project Vida’s “Go Digital” program will assist businesses that suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide online seminars in English and Spanish about online sales techniques, e-commerce resources, digital marketing, and online advertising strategies. Eligible businesses will be offered one to one support in developing a targeted education and training plan to achieve the business owner’s goals.

Small Street - Main Street Assistance Program El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce operates this program to assist small businesses affected by business interruptions due to COVID-19. The program consists of business outreach, training, technical assistance, accessing financing assistance, and the distribution of 500 Business Safety Kits to eligible businesses at no cost to the business.  

Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfecting El Paso Downtown Management District​

This program enables the Downtown Management District (DMD) Sanitation Team to operate in a safe manner and minimize the spread of COVID-19 via public assets. The program will provide proper PPE to Sanitation Team members, daily disinfection of public assets within the DMD boundary, portable hand washing stations, and a campaign to educate and remind the public and Downtown El Paso businesses on COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Outdoor Dining Area El Paso Downtown Management District

The Outdoor Dining Area expands the capacity of Downtown food service businesses by providing customers who purchase food from local businesses an outdoor dining space in a safe, sanitized, and socially distanced manner. The outdoor dining opportunity is available from August 27 to December 30, 2020 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) and live entertainment will be provided on most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Minimizing Novel Coronavirus Exposure at Small Businesses with Community Health Workers


The UTHealth – School of Public Health at El Paso will administer this project to implement a Community Health Worker (CHW) driven work safe program with small businesses in El Paso, helping them implement recommended safeguards for their industry. The program will include safeguard assessments conducted by CHWs to identify and address issues that businesses have experienced related to the prevention of COVID-19. The program will train CHWs to engage at least 200 eligible small businesses at no cost to the businesses served.

YWCA Cares Program

The City of El Paso has just established a new program, with no income qualification, in conjunction with the YWCA to provide free childcare for El Pasoans who have been financially affected by COVID-19.  The YWCA Cares program aims to provide educational support and care for children ages 0-12 at no cost to qualified families. This program is designed to ensure the health and safety of children and to support families during COVID-19. There are a limited number of spaces available and applications are processed in the order they are received.

Local Resources

As a business owner, you can take shopping local even further than the average consumer. By locally sourcing the materials you need to keep your business running, you’re amplifying your impact in our region’s economy. Click here to visit UTEP’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing has created a dashboard of local manufacturers which might have items you can source locally to help run your business.

If you do not find what you are looking for, let us know and we will try to find a local source for the product.