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Pulaski County to offer small business recovery grants in response to COVID-19

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has developed the Pulaski County Small Business Recovery Grant Program to support local small businesses with recovering from the comprehensive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist with the mitigating expenses in response to COVID-19 that are required by the Commonwealth to reopen and to continue operations Small Business Recovery Grants in the amounts ranging from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 will bemade available through direct application on a first-come first-served basis for registered small businesses located in Pulaski County, who have 25 employees or less, are in good standing with the State Corporation Commission (SCC), and are up to date on all Pulaski County taxes, charges and fees. Priority will be given to those small businesses who have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. “Our small businesses are central to the health and stability of our community and it is necessary that we find creative and meaningful ways to support them through these uncertain times and unpredictable challenges”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “The essence of small business is people. They are owned by people, they employ people and they serve people. So, when we support our small businesses, we are effectively supporting our people right here in the community on so many levels and with a comprehensive return on investment.” The two-page application is simple and is comprised of only nine questions and a written summary of how your business has been impacted by COVID-19. Approved expenses that have occurred after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020 are items such as: rent/mortgage, payroll, employee benefits, reopening costs, utilities, marketing, vendor payments, equipment purchases, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies, and new software. A W-9 must be completed and attached to all applications. “It is important to the Board of Supervisors to dedicate resources to help our small businesses and support the employment, tax base and most importantly the character of our community they represent”, stated Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “The funds we invest in our small businesses during this time will come back to the County immeasurably, and will be part of what holds our community together and helps to stabilize our local economy.”

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