A number of Webster County small companies acquired thrilling information this week because the Board of Supervisors delivered discover that they had been being awarded grants from the Small Enterprise Restoration Program.
“The cash that was awarded got here from the American Rescue Plan Act so the supervisors are doing a wide range of issues with that cash and one of many initiatives that they put cash in the direction of was the Small Enterprise Restoration Program,” mentioned Jill Nelson, the group improvement director for the Larger Fort Dodge Development Alliance.
“Our county Auditor Doreen Pliner got here up with the concept of reinvesting in our communities. She was an enormous a part of this and we actually respect every part she has achieved,” mentioned Supervisor Mark Campbell.
Companies utilized in early October after which a range committee comprised of people from the Development Alliance, Iowa Central Small Enterprise Improvement Middle, and the county reviewed the entire purposes and supplied suggestions to the Board of Supervisors.
Nelson mentioned within the utility course of, companies needed to clarify how they had been negatively impacted by COVID-19 after which they needed to describe how they’d use the funds.
Campbell mentioned desire was given to companies that acquired little or no earlier reduction funds.
“We wished to reinvest in our small companies as a result of they’re the spine of our county and communities. These companies caught it out by means of COVID and we respect what they do and wish to make certain we will help them as a lot as potential,” mentioned Campbell.
The supervisors awarded simply over $205,000 to 27 Webster County companies. The enterprise house owners had been all excited when receiving the information.
“”I used to be overwhelmed with gratitude when Niki (Conrad) known as to inform me. I cried. This grant will permit me to proceed serving my purchasers, to carry on new enterprise, and to rent a part-time copywriter and assistant,” mentioned Kelli Bloomquist, who owns Kelli Bloomquist Media.
One stipulation for recipients is that they might want to arrange a gathering with the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle to assist them make the most of the funds and put together for future success.
“They are going to meet with the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle and get them arrange with accounting software program in the event that they want that, work on or enhance enterprise plans in the event that they want that, and we can pay for every recipient to have 4 hours with them,” mentioned Campbell.
The supervisors agreed this was a really thrilling mission.
“This is without doubt one of the finest elements of my job. These small enterprise grants are going to native companies that contribute a lot to our group. That is really what the American Rescue Plan is all about, giving native economies a lift with the purpose to construct again higher,” mentioned Supervisor Niki Conrad.
“It was extremely wonderful to see the folks obtain that cash,” mentioned Cambell.
“We’ve got loads of very deserving enterprise house owners which might be being awarded funds they usually actually contribute quite a bit to our group and our area,” mentioned Nelson.
Grant recipients embrace Hummingbird Confections in Callender, Jacci Addison Portrait Studio in Gowrie, Laughlin Auto Restore, Studio Fusion, Tonya Harrison in Gowrie, Kelli Bloomquist Media, Fort Dodge Tennis Membership, Kelso Normal Merchandise in Dayton, Joseph M. Gilbert, Bodywork by Sheena, ARDEEJAY, Ponderosa Towing, Diane’s Complete You Salon, Danielle Scherff, The Wellness Undertaking, Trophies Limitless, Neighborhood Grocery in Dayton, Zakeer’s, Customized Builders Cupboard Store, Andrews Meat Merchandise in Dayton, Gallentine Insurance coverage in Dayton, Mason Janitorial, Lauren Roderick, KC Hauling, Toryn Pederson, Misplaced Grove Mercantile in Harcourt, and Ole City Street Pub and Eatery in Gowrie.