Nearly two weeks ago, 23 Shiawassee County businesses were selected to receive Small Business Relief grants from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The program authorized the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to provide up to $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans. Grant recipients have completed the necessary legal paperwork to formally receive grant monies from the MEDC and can be announced publicly.

   Shiawassee County was allotted $93,211.00 in grant monies to provide local companies working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. Final criteria for grant selection included: diversity of the business, geographical location and the significance of the business to that specific area, the impact the grant dollars would have on helping the business, how the grant dollars will be used, completeness of the applications and if there were other financial tools that the business could access.

   The 23 businesses in eight communities sharing the $93,211 grant pool include:

• Dowen’s Delux Barber Shop, Corunna

• Riverbend Bowl, Corunna

• Dietrich Flower Shop, Durand

• Jon Michael’s Jewelers, Inc, Durand

• HQ Pizza LLC – Fun Bunker, Durand

• Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming, Durand

• Stomping Grounds Coffee, Durand

• The Dairy Den, Laingsburg

• Morrice Barbershop, Morrice

• Fit Physique, New Lothrop

• Funny Pages Hobbies, Owosso

• Back Of House Services, Owosso

• Bea’s Bakery, Owosso

• Murtle’s Handmade Chocolates, Owosso

• NomNom Sweeties, Owosso

• Apple Tree Lane, Owosso

• The Vintage Barrel, Owosso

• Fitness Coliseum, Owosso

• House of Wheels, Owosso

• Shiawassee Family YMCA, Owosso

• Flagg’s Automotive, Perry

• The Village Hair Shop, Vernon

• Vernon Area Florist, Vernon

   A Shiawassee County team, consisting of staff members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) and the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC), reviewed nearly 100 grant applications from area businesses. Additional funding opportunities for local businesses will be announced as they become available. Persons should connect with the SEDP and SRCC on social media for the most up-to-date announcements. COVID-19 related federal and state resources for businesses of all sizes can be found at www.shiawasseechamber.org.

Relief Grants Awarded To 23 Shiawassee County Small Businesses was last modified: April 18th, 2020 by Karen Elford