Business owner reports COVID-19 small business grant fraud: Rocky River Police Blotter -

Business owner reports COVID-19 small business grant fraud: Rocky River Police Blotter -

Business owner reports COVID-19 small business grant fraud: Rocky River Police Blotter -

Posted: 11 Jul 2020 09:26 AM PDT

Rocky River, Ohio 

Fraud, Center Ridge Road

On June 29 a business owner reported that an unknown person had obtained a small business grant in connection with COVID-19 using the business' information fraudulently.  

Rocky River police officer badge

Kids are treated to Christmas shopping and lunch with Santa with police officers.


On July 3 the Lakewood Police Department reported that their officers pulled a car over and the driver was arrested for drunken driving. The driver, a 62-year-old Lakewood man, had heavy damage to his car and a witness had reported that the man hit a pole on Wooster Road. Rocky River police officers found damage to a wooden pole and car parts along the curb. The officers responded to Lakewood where they found the man's car that had a piece of wood sticking out of the passenger side door.  The car parts found near the damaged pole also matched the man's car.  He was cited.


On July 4 several unlocked cars throughout the city were entered overnight. A resident also reported a bike, valued at $800,  was taken from his garage on Endsley Avenue. 

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National Business Grant Opens to Help Small Business Owners Overcome Business Hurdles - PRNewswire

Posted: 01 Jul 2020 07:00 AM PDT

SALT LAKE CITY, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Nav, a service that gives business owners the fastest, easiest and most trusted path to financing, opened another round of the company's Small Business Grant to help provide a U.S. small business owner access to capital needed to grow their business.

"An influx of capital can be life-changing for small businesses," shared Greg Ott, Nav CEO. "Over the last few months we've seen business owners pushed to the limit due to COVID, and now more than ever, business owners need capital to not only grow their business but overcome unprecedented hurdles. We've been proud to offer the Nav Small Business Grant for the last two years, and we're excited to be able to continue offering this opportunity to business owners."

In this round of the grant, Nav will be awarding two monetary prizes — a $10,000 grand prize and a second place grant of $5,000.

The Nav Small Business Grant is open to U.S.-based small businesses that have fewer than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must complete the grant application process, which includes simple steps:

  • Signing up for a free Nav account
  • Sharing on their business' social media account a challenge they are experiencing and explaining how each prize amount will help them overcome a present hurdle
  • Providing direct links to the aforementioned social media posts

Business owners can learn more about Nav's Small Business Grant and view full contest rules at

Since launching in early 2018, Nav has awarded more than $80,000 to businesses across the country, including the most recent $10,000 winner Che Butter Jonez, an Atlanta-based food truck, owned and operated by Detric Fox-Quinlan and Malik Rhasaan.

While it is not required, participants are highly encouraged to watch the videos of past winners like Three Tree Coffee, Junk Star Handcrafted Furniture and Running Dogs Brewery for inspiration on how to craft a winning entry. Additionally, Nav encourages business owners to get creative with their applications and consider using video to capture their business and showcase personality.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration is September 1, 2020.

About Nav
Nav gives business owners the fastest, easiest and most trusted path to financing & SBA funds. The leading Business Financial Management app, Nav hosts a robust marketplace with more than 110 business financing products, and gives business owners free access to personal and business credit reports from major consumer and commercial credit bureaus including Experian, Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax and TransUnion. The marketplace uses a unique, lender-neutral approach to help business owners find the best financing options for their needs. Nav's solution is also leveraged by other business service providers to enhance their customer experience. The company has offices near Silicon Valley, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. To learn more, visit

Amanda Triest
Nav PR Manager
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More businesses eligible for small business grants - Valley News

Posted: 09 Jul 2020 03:34 PM PDT

Second round of funding applications opens Monday with extended deadline

Sole proprietors and others are now eligible for the second round of funding provided to small businesses that have been especially hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. The expanded eligibility includes sole proprietors, which are those businesses that do not have employees, as well as businesses that have received an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan or advance.

Businesses may apply for the second round of funding starting Monday (June 29) for up to $10,000 in direct support. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until Aug. 31.

The first round of funding for the small business program resulted in $7.3 million that will be distributed to 738 small businesses in Riverside County. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors dedicated $45 million to the program, as part of federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

"We heard from the business community and we agree. Specifically, we heard from sole proprietors that need support just like any other business that was hit hard by the pandemic and hasn't received the Paycheck Protection Program," 4th District supervisor Chair V. Manuel Perez said. "I am proud to make this announcement as they too have sacrificed and struggled, so please apply for relief funding. It is only a small way that we as a county thank you for keeping our economy moving forward."

Available funding is limited, and applications will be reviewed and processed by Main Street Launch, a third-party nonprofit. Applications must meet certain criteria.

Grants are not available to businesses that have received federal funding through the Paycheck Protection Program. Awardees must also develop and implement a safe reopening plan that addresses employee and customer health before disbursement.

"We want to help as many businesses as possible," 2nd District Supervisor Vice Chair Karen Spiegel said. "Expanding the eligibility criteria and extending the deadline will mean many more small businesses are potentially saved from closing."

Approximately 96% of businesses in Riverside County are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The small business grants are intended to promote business sustainability, job retention, and the overall economic preservation of small businesses throughout the county.

For more information, including instructions on how to apply, visit For questions about the grant program, send an email to or call (951) 955-0493.

Submitted by Riverside County.


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