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MARION AWARDS FINAL ROUND OF FUNDING THROUGH BUSINESS INNOVATION & SUPPORT GRANT
Marion City Council awarded 11 additional local small businesses a combined $106,844 through the Business Innovation & Support Grant during Thursday’s City Council meeting.
The program was administered as a partnership between the City and the Chamber of Commerce with funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help businesses that were impacted by the pandemic and continued to demonstrate innovation and growth.
The awards range in size from $5,500 to $10,650 and require a 25 percent cash match by the business. The latest recipients include Epic Salon, Tomasos Pizza, Salon Bellezza, monroe + co, SugarMe, AM Glass Repair LLC, Master Auto Repair Inc., Staged Dwellings, New York Gyro, Puddle Jumpers, La Cantina Bar & Grill.
Each award comes with up to five hours of mandatory business counseling by a pre-approved business coach.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. We are pleased to award ARPA funds to such businesses who were significantly impacted by the pandemic and support them as they continue to recover,” said Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly.
These awards will close out the $400,000 grant program.