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SBA Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Tech Initiative for RRF

Innovative Point-of-Sale Service Support Solutions for Applicants
Release Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Release Number: 
21-30
Contact: 
Press_Office@sba.gov

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday (April 22, 2021) the first round of technology partners participating in a new initiative for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) - a program to allow eligible restaurants and other food establishments to access the application, or data they need to fill out the application, through their trusted point-of-sale (POS) service providers. SBA is proud to announce partnerships with Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast in this groundbreaking effort to provide a customer-centric approach to delivering relief funds.

“This collaboration is just one example of the many innovative and creative ways we’re connecting with entrepreneurs in the hardest-hit and underserved communities,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The SBA must be as entrepreneurial as the entrepreneurs we serve. These partnerships enable us to meet small businesses where they are.”

Under Administrator Guzman’s leadership, the SBA is prioritizing inclusion and equity in its programs as outlined by Congress. As small business entrepreneurs have been asked to pivot and adapt to the new COVID-19 marketplace, the SBA is doing the same and ensuring it provides equitable distribution of funds and easier access to disaster relief programs.

Once the SBA announces when applications will be accepted, qualifying restaurants can work directly with their point-of-sale service providers for help applying for the RRF. Each point-of-sale partner is helping in different ways - from providing a fully integrated application experience, to building pre-packaged point-of-sale documentation, to holding interactive webinars. In all cases, these partnerships allow thousands of restaurant owners to accelerate the submission process.

While SBA encourages applicants to use the point-of-sale ecosystem, applicants without access to these providers can submit their applications electronically at https://restaurants.sba.gov/, once applications are being accepted.

SBA is in ongoing conversations with other interested parties to continue widely and equitably delivering an experience centered around who it is serving – owners of restaurants, bars, breweries, bakeries, etc. Point-of-sale service providers who are interested in participating in this program should email restaurants@sba.gov. A full list of official point-of-sale service providers will be continually updated and can be found at https://restaurants.sba.gov/.