Representatives with the state’s Division of Administration toured three Downtown small companies to point out the optimistic impacts aid and re-development grants have had on native entrepreneurs right here.
Division of Administration Secretary designee Kathy Blumenfield toured Smarty’s Sweets & Treats, 5821 Sixth Ave., EQUINOX Botanical Boutique, 5901 Sixth Ave. and Blue Home Books, 5915 Sixth Ave., Thursday afternoon.
Blumenfield was joined by Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, State Reps. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha, and Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha, Downtown Ald. Invoice Siel and Gretchen Covelli, advertising Coordinator with Downtown Kenosha, Inc.
They toured all three small companies and chatted with the homeowners in regards to the influence of grants and assist.
Blumenfield stated a “large a part of at present was checking in after the grants as issues form of begin bouncing again and understanding how useful and the way instrumental the grants had been.”
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“What we realized at present is many of those individuals wouldn’t be on this area if it weren’t for the grants,” Blumenfield stated. “I simply see such a way of neighborhood right here.”
Blumenfield stated greater than 6,000 Wisconsin companies have benefitted from grants distributed about 18 months in the past throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
The companies visited Thursday obtained funds from the Primary Road Bounceback program.
Martha Perez, proprietor of Smarty’s Sweets & Treats stated she by no means might have opened in the summertime with out a grant.
“We might have needed to wait to open,” she stated. “Enterprise is regular. I find it irresistible. I used to be a full-time nurse and now I’m part-time. That is my retirement and my children’ legacy.”
Blumenfield stated anybody interested by making use of for help ought to go to the Wisconsin Financial Growth Company web site. She stated the governor has allotted extra funds for such grants due to “the success.”
The Primary Road Bounceback program, which is funded by the American Restoration Plan Act (ARPA), has been prolonged by means of Dec. 22.
The Primary Road Bounceback grants are as much as $10,000.