BALTIMORE (May 13, 2015) – The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) has established the Baltimore Business Recovery Fund (BBR Fund) to aid the many businesses, which experienced property damage and/or inventory loss during the unrest.  The goal is to raise $15 million, which will be used to fund the Baltimore Business Recovery loan program.  The BBR Fund was kicked off at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s annual meeting with a text pledging campaign that resulted in more than $200K committed to help the affected businesses.

The BBR Fund will be used to make zero interest loans up to $35,000 to the affected businesses.  These loans may be convertible into grants if certain benchmarks are met.  The loans will be made available when enough funds have been raised.  Donations to the Baltimore Business Recovery Fund are tax deductible.  Please visit www.BaltimoreDevelopment/Donations to make a contribution.

“As Baltimore works harder to foster economic inclusion and create jobs, the health of the City’s economy is vital,” said William H. Cole, president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation.  “Small businesses play a crucial role in not only strengthening the economy, but also serve a strong need in the neighborhoods in which they operate.”

To date, approximately 350 businesses were affected and many have limited coverage or no insurance, very often as a result of loss of coverage. Some businesses were so severely damaged that they still remain closed and their owners left with no source of income.

The BDC in coordination with the City of Baltimore and other local, state and federal agencies is leading the rebuilding efforts has been reaching out to these businesses to catalogue the extent of the damage and determine what resources may be needed to get them back on their feet.  Businesses that suffered property damage or inventory loss can contact the BDC through www.BaltimoreBusinessRecovery.org.