Mount Vernon, EDASC award $270,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to 45 small businesses

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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MOUNT VERNON – The City of Mount Vernon and EDASC this month awarded a total of $270,000 in COVID-19 relief grant funds to 45 small businesses to help pay expenses such as rent, utilities, safety improvements, technology upgrades and more.

Funding for this program was provided by the State Department of Commerce through the CARES Act. Those eligible to apply included businesses with 25 or fewer employees located within Mount Vernon city limits, among other criteria. EDASC adminstered the grant on behalf of the city.

This was the second grant program offered by the City of Mount Vernon during the COVID-19 crisis, with the city in July awarding a total of $100,000 to 15 microenterprises.

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau said the city was pleased to set aside the CARES Act money for small businesses and nonprofits.

“This CARES Act funding came to the City through the State Department of Commerce to address the needs of local government operations,” Boudreau said. “After providing safety and technology improvements for city staff, the City Council and I discovered there would be enough funding to share with businesses and nonprofits who serve our city residents. We understand it is not enough to cover all of the needs, but our hope is that this infusion of support will make a meaningful impact, at just the right time, for those who have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Added EDASC CEO John Sternlicht, “We are honored to work with Mount Vernon to help provide funding during this difficult time. Although the total funding won’t solve everyone’s financial issues, we have worked tirelessly to address urgent and evolving needs.”

Grant recipient Donna Klein, owner of Skagit Hand Therapy, said the grant is a huge boost for her two-year-old business.

“As an essential and relatively new business in Skagit county, it has been a difficult and stressful time,” Klein said. “I am grateful for the assistance from Mount Vernon and EDASC. Being able to keep our doors open and all of my staff employed has been a huge undertaking.”

Derek Wyckoff, owner of 192 Taproom & Beer Garden, said the grant will help improve safety by in part helping them purchase a wireless tablet for a truly contactless curbside pickup experience.

“The grant will now allow us to get that device so we can provide the safest possible experience for our customers and staff,” Wyckoff said. “We are beyond thrilled to receive this money so we can put this program in play very quickly.”

This was the tenth small-business grant program EDASC has administered in 2020 in collaboration with local and state governments. To date, EDASC has awarded a total of $2 million to 257 small businesses and nonprofits.

Grant recipients list for Mount Vernon Small-Business Grant Program:

  • Max Dale's Inc
  • Dandie LLC dba Mr. T's Family Café
  • Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Sprouts Clothing & More LLC
  • Farmstrong Brewing Co
  • Leadership, Inc DBA Riverside Health Club
  • Trumpeter Public House
  • Dragon Black Belt
  • Guru teg bahadur lie dba 1 Bal Driving School
  • Taste of India
  • Moreno's Restaurant
  • Dual language Early Learning Center
  • 192 Brewing Company
  • In Good Spirit
  • Pacioni's Downtown, LLC
  • GSD Corporation dba Riverside Lanes
  • PyungChang Korean BBQ
  • Makers Compounding Pharmacy
  • Riverwalk Yoga Studio
  • Chuckwagon
  • Skagit Preschool and Resource Center
  • Hair Spa and Extensions Academy
  • Skagit Hand Therapy LLC
  • Breedt R&D Skagit
  • Nails For You
  • Tri Dee Arts
  • Fern Creative Coworking
  • Resolve IPC, Successful Co-Parenting, Skagit Mediation
  • Skagit River Brewery
  • Alchemika, LLC
  • Katie Salon
  • Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation
  • Ken's Hairstyling, Inc.
  • Transmediavision USA, Inc.
  • The Revival Lounge
  • Celtic Arts Foundation
  • Indulge Bakery
  • Ristretto Coffee Lounge & Wine Bar
  • Mount Vernon Farmers Market
  • Mount Vernon Downtown Association
  • Nani’s Child Care
  • Kids Care Daycare
  • Guadalupe Vasquez
  • Pasek Cellars Winery, Inc.
  • House of Style

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