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City to provide help for businesses impacted by weekend looting

Emergency grants and loans may be available to businesses in Rochester that were impacted by weekend looting vandalism after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest escalated into civil unrest in the city and several Monroe County towns.

The city of Rochester Neighborhood & Business Development (NBD) Department has identified 86 businesses affected, and is in the process of reaching out to their ownership and management, according to Justin Roj, director of communications and special events for the city.

Local business owners can also reach out to NBD directly by calling (58) 428-7848.

The latest effort by the NBD is in addition to assistance efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic administered by Business Emergency Retention Grants, Kiva Rochester Loan and Loan Deferral Programs. More than 300 businesses have received assistance through these efforts, Roj said.

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