RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) -At Radford’s City Council meeting on Monday, COVID-19 and the community’s response to the ever-evolving situation were front and center. They wanted to check in and see just how well they’re doing.



a large clock on a pole: At Radford’s City Council meeting on Monday, COVID-19 and the community’s response to the ever-evolving situation were front and center. They wanted to check in and see just how well they’re doing.


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At Radford’s City Council meeting on Monday, COVID-19 and the community’s response to the ever-evolving situation were front and center. They wanted to check in and see just how well they’re doing.

“One of the things we promised we’d do was constantly monitor where we are with our COVID response and to make sure we’re being appropriate, find out if there’s anything else we need to do and to gage what we’re doing with everybody else,” said Mayor David Horton.

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“It’s not going to get tired so we can’t get tired and we can’t get complacent and we can’t get laxed,” said New River Health District Director Dr.

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – Small businesses and nonprofits in Pulaski County have another chance to apply for COVID-19 recovery grants.



a car parked in a parking lot: The grant will provide an additional $125,000 to help Pulaski County small businesses with their response to COVID-19.


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The grant will provide an additional $125,000 to help Pulaski County small businesses with their response to COVID-19.

Funding is available through the Pulaski County Small Business Recovery Grant Program from the CARES Act.

The board of supervisors is providing an additional $125,000 to provide 25 more grants, worth $5,000 each to local small businesses.

The county has already allocated two rounds of funding to help small businesses, and now they’re looking to more economic recovery.

“We think it is very important to help keep our small businesses up and running. Very often businesses run by local people and they’re the real heart of and life blood of a local economy, so we want to make sure those local businesses survive this downturn and growing and

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Oct 05, 2020

During and after their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 5, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners presented local businesses with Small Business Resiliency Grant checks.

Five recipients received checks at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse:

  • Competition Auto, Inc.
  • Cumberland County Roasters, LLC
  • Just Like Mom, LLC
  • Itzaduzie, Inc.
  • Megaplay, LLC

In May 2020, Cumberland County Community Development established a Small Business Resiliency Grant Program to assist qualified local businesses that have suffered economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the first grant cycle, 22 local businesses have received notice of awards.

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Community Development opened a new grant cycle in August for the initiative.

The Small Business Resiliency Grant Program is supported by Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The

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More than 900 small businesses in Detroit will be receiving grants to assist in keeping them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. 



a sign above a store: The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.


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The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The businesses will receive grants of up to $20,000, which can be utilized for mortgage payments, utilities, rent, payroll and many other expenses. The funding is available through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation from a pool of $7.25 million from the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program. 

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One of the businesses that received a grant is called Clara’s Place, a banquet hall and catering business on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road.  Before the coronavirus closed the business, it was known for hosting baby showers, funeral repasts, prom send-offs, school events, weddings, birthday parties,

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Washington officials announced on Monday that a new Small Business Resiliency Fund initiative will provide $3 million in emergency operational funding for small and local businesses located in the District. 



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The fund will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), with an application period for grants starting to be excepted on Tuesday, October 6. 

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“Our businesses have been resilient in the face of immense challenges, and we know they still need our support,” said Mayor Bowser. “These grants will help small businesses adapt and implement creative measures so they can stay open and operating during the public health emergency.”

The District has partnered with City First Enterprises, a local U.S. Treasury designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), to oversee and manage the Fund, according to information from Bowser’s office.

“Pivoting a business costs money,”

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 30, 2020–

Citizens Bank today announced that it has awarded 100 grants of $15,000 each totaling $1.5 million to minority-owned small businesses across its service areas as part of its previously announced $10 million investment to help drive social equity and economic advancement in underserved communities across its footprint.

Through a short essay, applicants shared insight on how they would use the grant to both strengthen and sustain their business and help their community.

The program also includes an opportunity to partner with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. For recipients who opt in, SCORE will match the business with a mentor to help build and sustain success.

“Citizens is highly committed to helping promote social equity and drive economic advancement in underserved communities and this is one of several ways we are bringing that commitment to life,” said Jack Murphy, president

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WASHINGTON DC — House Democrats have rolled out a new $2.2 trillion stimulus package that includes a wide variety of small-business relief programs, including billions of dollars in grants for live-venue operators and a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

The legislation is the latest in a series of bills introduced by both Republicans and Democrats from both chambers in recent months. This new legislation is an updated version of the HEROES Act passed by the House in May, but not voted upon by the Republican Senate. The fate of this package, if it passes the House in the coming days, is equally unclear on whether it would receive a vote in the Senate.

Proponents hope its smaller scale, reduced from more than $3.4 trillion in the HEROES Act, could reinvigorate efforts in Congress to break the stimulus logjam. Democrats and Republicans have been divided over the size and

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SMYRNA, GA — Smyrna small business owners and nonprofits who have been impacted by COVID-19 have until Friday to apply for a local grant, the city announced Monday.



text, letter: The Small Business/Nonprofit CARES Grant program is for qualifying Smyrna businesses and nonprofit organizations who demonstrate a financial impact of $500 or greater.


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The Small Business/Nonprofit CARES Grant program is for qualifying Smyrna businesses and nonprofit organizations who demonstrate a financial impact of $500 or greater.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Smyrna authorized the creation of a Small Business/Nonprofit CARES Grant program. Qualifying businesses and nonprofit organizations who demonstrate a financial impact of $500 or greater are eligible to receive grant funds (minimum of $500 in grant funding).

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Each business requesting to participate in this program must submit an application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. All applications submitted by the deadline and that meet the requirements will be considered.

All applications and required attachments must be emailed to [email protected] or received at

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — Santa Cruz County will award small businesses impacted by the pandemic more than $720,000 in grants.



a close up of a sign: Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program grants will total no more than $15,000.


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Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program grants will total no more than $15,000.

The Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program will distribute grants of up to $15,000 to essential and non-essential small businesses with 25 or fewer employees operating anywhere in the county. Half of the grants will go toward businesses owned by women and disadvantaged people, the county said in a news release.

Businesses may use grant funding to cover payroll, rent, offset costs imposed by the pandemic or purchase new equipment needed to stay competitive, the county said.

Businesses must apply by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 11 to be entered into the lottery system through which the grants will be awarded. The lottery system will be split into South, Mid- and North County zones, the county

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Former migrant worker Fakhreldeen is among returnees who received support in Sudan, allowing him to start a business.

The fact that such assistance from the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa came in the form of cash worked to his advantage. Sudan is in the throes of a liquidity crunch hence cash is in short supply. Yet the convenience of cash is unquestionable, especially since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as it gives beneficiaries greater autonomy.

“Receiving cash gave me the flexibility to add more money and buy a tuk-tuk to use for transportation work,” says the 45-year-old.

With the reintegration assistance grant and further support from his family, he raised the capital needed for the three-wheeler. “The work with the tuk-tuk provides me an income,” Fakhreldeen adds.

Sudan presents a complex and diverse migration profile as a source, transit and destination

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