Craig City Council increases budget for small business improvement - Craig Daily Press

Craig City Council increases budget for small business improvement - Craig Daily Press

Craig City Council increases budget for small business improvement - Craig Daily Press

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 05:01 AM PDT

Craig's Downtown Books and Sundrop Custom Framing next door are both getting new façades as part of the city's new business grant program.
Clay Thorp/Craig Press

The city of Craig is expanding its popular new business grant program in the wake of several small businesses downtown utilizing the program for building improvements.

On Tuesday, June 11, Craig's City Council voted to increase the committee's business grant program annual total from $162,800 to $195,000. The extra $32,200 will come from the general fund, which has a healthy surplus, according to Councilman Tony Bohrer. 

"$33,200 is probably not going to break the bank," Bohrer said.

Much of the work that's been happening around town is already making the area look better, Bohrer said.

The city's economic development committee awarded nearly $50,000 to five local businesses: the shared building of Downtown Books and Sundrop Custom Framing on Yampa Avenue received $6,900; Eyecare Specialties and the Victory Building, $15,000 each; Action Services, Inc., $7,500; and Just Dance LLC, $5,500.

Each grant must be matched by the business and must be used for façade or capital improvements, among other requirements.

"I drove by today and man, it looks phenomenal," Bohrer said.

Councilor Chris Nichols, who made the motion to pass the business grant program increase, said it seems to be spreading to still other businesses.

"It's contagious," Nichols said.

Councilor Andrea Camp commented on the program's ability to help small business owners who would otherwise be unable to afford such major improvements.

"When you're looking at a $10,000 for a small business, it just seems out of reach sometimes," Camp said.

Councilman Paul James was the only dissenting vote to increase the funding Tuesday night.

Bethlehem awarding two new micro business grants - Times Union

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 07:32 AM PDT


Two local businesses are in line to receive $34,680 in small business grants through the town of Bethlehem's $200,000 micro-enterprise program.

All Signs & Graphics, located on Cabbage Island in Glenmont, is set to receive $19,680, while Organize Senior Moves Recycled Furniture on Adams Street in Delmar will receive $15,000 to pick up, store and sell used furniture from Organize Senior Moves, an affiliated senior relocation service.

Abbeville businesses receive boost from city | News - Index-Journal

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 12:00 AM PDT

ABBEVILLE — The first batch of small business grant winners were announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

"A lot of times people think that we don't support small business or business period, but this is evidence that we do," said Mayor Delano Freeman, "so I hope that the word will get out and everybody knows that Abbeville is an industry-friendly city."

Mike Clary, the city's community development director, said that each of the four awardees had received about $10,000.

"This has been a Godsend to me," said award-winner Darrell Brown, of Brown Insurance Agency, who used his existing business grant for building renovations.

Paige Bowser, of Breezy Quarters, said the money had allowed her to renovated a recently purchased property on Church Street, the grand opening of which is Saturday morning.

Abbeville invited business owners to apply for four different grant options: one for new businesses, two for existing businesses, one for energy efficiency improvements and another for historic district building improvements. Clary said five businesses had applied, but one did not meet the criteria for the energy efficiency grant, which was not awarded.

The other awardees were Legends Hair Studio's Monica Leach, who received the new business grant, and Shelley Reid, who received the historic building improvement grant.

In other business:

— The city will change the sign that welcomes visitors to Wilson Hill Park. The bottom of the sign will now include a line that says, "Dedicated to Augustus E. 'Gus' Wilson III." Gus Wilson died in March.

Council members amended the year's budget to account for a FEMA grant that will pay for new equipment for firefighters and a grant from a theater in Atlanta that will pay for the repair of the Abbeville Opera House roof.

Two banks, Abbeville First and South State, bid for the financing of the city's $350,000 hydroelectric plant walkway project. The council unanimously voted to award the bid to South State, despite councilman Chris Crawford's desire to support its local competitor. City manager Blake Stone said the council was bound by its own procurement policy to approve South State's bid given its lower interest rate.

Stone told the council he is seeking alternative solutions to a gang of vultures attracted to a dumpster on McGowan Avenue. A city review found that an enclosure protecting the dumpster from the vultures would not be feasible. The city is instead considering installing security cameras and imposing fines on people "improperly throwing their garbage away."


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