City of Mount Vernon, EDASC award a total of $100,000 to 15 microenterprises

Friday, July 10, 2020

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MOUNT VERNON -- The City of Mount Vernon and EDASC on Friday awarded 15 small businesses a total of $100,000 in relief grants designed to support microenterprises impacted by COVID-19.

Each business was awarded $6,666.67 to help pay expenses such as rent, utilities, PPE, other supplies, and more.

The grants, administered by EDASC, are provided by the City of Mount Vernon through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Grant recipient Brian Williams of software training business Let Us Show You Learning said it has been difficult to schedule training sessions during the pandemic.

“The pandemic has had a chokehold on our revenue,” Williams said. “There are very few times in the life of a business when it receives a helping hand like the one offered by the City of Mount Vernon and EDASC. Thank you for giving my business a much-needed boost.”

Said grant recipient Darrius Sessions, owner of tattoo parlor Good Vibes Body Art, “With this grant, I will be able to pay back money I borrowed to pay shop bills. I will also be able to reinstate our shop assistant employee right away, and it will help with extra costs associated with working at 50 percent capacity and extra PPE purchases.”

Qualification criteria included five or fewer employees, being located within Mount Vernon city limits, and having a total household income below a certain threshold based on family size as established by the federal Community Development Block Grant regulations.

Grant award recipients are:

  • Good Vibes Body Art
  • House of Style Boutique
  • Lili's Cleaning Green Services
  • Hair Spa & Extensions Academy
  • Fly By Night Express Freight
  • Let Us Show You Learning
  • The Teraza Group
  • I Love Skagit, LLC
  • Barbara Paul, EAMP, MAc
  • Petals by Linda
  • Cruz Firme Barbershop
  • Giovannys Trees Services LLC
  • Electronic Distributing
  • The Grove Salon
  • Brecky's

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