ARDMORE-MERION-WYNNEWOOD, PA — Some small businesses we stayed away from last spring finally got a boost, with many salons, spas, gyms, and our favorite diners benefiting from federal funding dispersed in the most recent Pennsylvania state budget.

Many small business in Ardmore, Merion, and Wynnewood have received assistance from the federal CARES Act to help them weather the pandemic, including tattoo parlors, saloons, wellness centers, and chiropractic offices.

Overall, 316 small businesses in Montgomery County got CARES funding.

To qualify, businesses had to have had 25 or fewer employees in February 2020, and annual revenue of less than $1 million prior to COVID-19’s impact, among other requirements.

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The department released a list of recipients who’d received funds or signed a grant agreement as of Oct. 3.

The recently enacted Pennsylvania state budget included $2.6

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