Ten small businesses from the Valley area received $10,000 grants this month to help promote their post-lockdown recovery, awarded by the Drachkovitch Family Foundation and TMC Community Capital, a California online nonprofit microlender.

The Valley Rising Small Business Recovery Fund has provided no-strings-attached funds to help small businesses get back on their feet in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Burbank. 

“From local restaurants and retail storefronts to neighborhood salons and coffee shops, over the last year, we’ve seen the pandemic take an economic and emotional toll on far too many small businesses in our San Fernando Valley community,” Stephanie Drachkovitch, a television producer who formerly worked at both Warner Bros. Entertainment and Walt Disney Co. in Burbank, said in a statement. Together with her husband, Rasha Drachkovitch, they founded 44 Blue Productions and Drachkovitch Family Foundation.

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