Small Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. -

Small Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. - lehighvalleylive.comSmall Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. - lehighvalleylive.comPosted: 30 May 2020 05:22 AM PDT More than 40 Lehigh Valley small business owners Saturday will be offering virtual deals on what they say will be one of their biggest shopping sales annually.Small Business Saturday typically is timed for following Black Friday in November. The nationwide effort for the past decade encourages communities to shop local as it kicks off the busiest shopping season of the year.The chamber is moving this year to hold the event twice -- this time with social distancing -- as many businesses struggle to survive financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their doors on March 19. Restaurants were then forced to offer menu items by takeout only with curbside pickup or delivery.Lehigh Val…

Williamson County issues more than $15 million in small business grants - Austin American-Statesman

Williamson County issues more than $15 million in small business grants - Austin American-Statesman

Williamson County issues more than $15 million in small business grants - Austin American-Statesman

Posted: 21 May 2020 03:18 PM PDT

Williamson County has issued more than $15 million in grants to small businesses as of Thursday. The Wilco Forward grant program was started on May 6 to provide financial assistance to local businesses affected by COVID-19.

A total of 1,287 checks have been mailed to business owners who needed support to get back on their feet, according to a county news release Thursday. The county will continue issuing grants until it exhausts its $25 million budget.

The money comes from the $93 million the county received from the federal CARES Act.

Applications are still being accepted and can be submitted online through the county's website at to the Williamson County auditor's office. The deadline to apply is June 30.

"As the Williamson County economy begins to rebuild, more than 1,200 businesses have received assistance to help re-tool and restart, said County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer. "In a time of crisis, our leaders stepped up to place a priority on the survival of our small businesses.  Williamson County is setting the standard for protecting jobs and economic opportunity in these difficult times."

The Williamson County auditor's office had received 3,015 applications for the program by Thursday. The office has approved 1,675 applications.

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Franklin, OCRA offering small business grants - Daily Journal

Posted: 21 May 2020 11:47 PM PDT

The City of Franklin, with help from the state, will provide loans to several small businesses.

The Franklin StrongER (Emergency Relief) Small Business Resilience Grant is open for applications.

The grant will provide $250,000 in aid to small businesses directly impacted by revenue loss resulting from local and state executive orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a City of Franklin news release.

The grant is funded with $200,000 from the Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs, and $50,000 from the Franklin Development Corporation.

Eligible businesses are located in the corporate limits of Franklin, have 15 or fewer employees, have been operating for six months or more, must not be part of a chain, and have no current tax liens, code enforcement violations or legal judgements. Business owners must also be able to provide proof the pandemic has impacted their business, the news release said.

Businesses may receive up to $7,500 each; the amount will be based on need, according to the news release.

For more information or to apply, visit Applications are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Cobb commissioners to consider $50M in small business grants - East Cobb News

Posted: 21 May 2020 03:53 PM PDT

Commissioner Bob Ott of East Cobb is proposing that $50 million of the $132.6 million in federal Coronavirus-related stimulus funding the county is getting be used to help small businesses get back on their feet.Bob Ott, Sterigenics

He's proposed a spending measure to be considered at Tuesday's regular business meeting that would call for the creation of an independent body to select the businesses receiving the assistance and for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce to administer the grants, which are provided through the federal CARES Act.

(You can read the agenda item here).

Eligible businesses would have 100 or fewer employees and may not have received previous funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Small Business Administration loans available through the CARES Act.

In addition, 60 percent of the grant money for each small business must go toward hiring or maintaining employees. The businesses cannot be publicly traded and must have a primary or branch location in Cobb County.

The amount of funding selected businesses would receive including the following:

  • 1 to 10 employees – up to $20,000;
  • 11 to 50 employees – up to $30,000;
  • 51 to 100 employees – up to $40,000.

(Here's more about the criteria and a memorandum of understanding between the board and the Chamber.

The Chamber would receive $500,000 of stimulus funds to administer the grants, which would be selected evenly across the four commissioners districts by a committee chosen by commissioners and the Chamber.

Ott also has proposed spending $1.5 million in CARES Act money for eviction relief that would be administered through Star-C Communities, an Atlanta based non-profit that works to reduce transiency in affordable housing communities.

The organization would receive $120,000 to administer the assistance program. As drawn up in the proposal, low-income apartment dwellers facing evictions would receive a "scholarship" of up to 70 percent of their overdue payment total. The remaining 20 percent would be paid by the tenant and the landlord would be asked to pay the remaining 10 percent and waive the late fee.

(Details and criteria here.).

Those items will come up for consideration after a related measure asking commissioners to designate several categories for spending the federal stimulus funding.

They include the following:

  • Disaster Relief/County Preparedness
  • Economic Development/Business Loans
  • Emergency Food Program
  • Emergency Shelter Program
  • School Assistance Programs
  • Job Training
  • County Contingency

Commissioners could add and change the categories at a later time. Last week they approved the first amount of CARES Act funding, $1 million in reimbursements for non-profit agencies like MUST Ministries that have been providing emergency food aid to those in need.

This Tuesday's meeting starts at a special time, 1:30 p.m., and this will be a virtual meeting streamed on the county's YouTube and Facebook pages and Website as well as the Cobb TV23 public access cable channel on Comcast.

Public comment also is available and those who wish to take part by phone or computer must sign up at this link.

The full agenda can be found here.

The board's agenda work session starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. and also will be streamed.

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