EAST WENATCHEE — The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority will quickly be chopping checks to 71 small companies throughout the two-county area to assist offset prices incurred by the COVID-19 shutdown.
The reimbursements, totaling $333,052 and starting from $1,000 to $5,000, are a part of the $10 million in Working Washington Small Enterprise Emergency Grants supplied statewide by the governor and the state Division of Commerce. The port authority is distributing the cash.
The native grant recipients introduced Thursday embody 17 eating places, 14 retail shops, 10 salons, three health services, three magnificence/private companies, three manufacturing services, three childcare companies, two agricultural companies and different small domestically owned institutions.
“These companies will primarily use these funds to pay hire, utilities and different allowable bills,” Port Authority Govt Director Jim Kuntz mentioned. The funds can’t be used for payroll prices, journey, software program or workplace tools.
“As quickly as they signal their grant settlement and ship us reimbursement requests for prices they’ve incurred, we lower them a verify. We hope they may have checks in hand very quickly,” Kuntz mentioned.
The grant program was designed particularly for small companies — these with fewer than 10 staff. The funds had been allotted regionally primarily based on inhabitants, with $178,500 for Chelan County and $154,552 for Douglas County.
The regional port acquired 855 functions totaling virtually $eight million. To assist as many native companies as potential domestically, the port requested the per-business restrict be capped at $5,000 — slightly than the $10,000 initially proposed by the state — and that at the least one enterprise from every metropolis within the county be chosen, Kuntz mentioned.
“We want to thank the governor and Division of Commerce for working intently with the Regional Port in funding these small companies in Chelan and Douglas counties,” mentioned Regional Port Authority Board Chairman Rory Turner. “As our area works to recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting monetary help for our small companies is important to financial restoration.”
The Regional Port is working with federal, state, and native governmental entities to safe further sources to fund extra small enterprise grants.