News photo of Steve Schulwitz Bob’s Bullpen owner Bob LeFevre is showing an exhibition of Din Djarin, aka Mado, from the popular Disney + show The Madolorian in his shop on Wednesday. Bob’s Bullpen was one of 59 Alpena County companies to receive government funding through the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the recipients of the latest round of state relief for small business on Wednesday.
This is part of the $ 52 million state funding raised through the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program, which has raised funds needed to nearly 6,000 small businesses across the state.
In total, more than $ 1.9 million in grants were awarded to businesses in northeast Michigan.
The funding is intended to help companies navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and retain employees.
Companies in Alpena, Alcona, Presque Isle, and Montmorency counties received between $ 5,000 and $ 15,000.
The money was divided up by committees made up of representatives from the districts set up by regional business development agencies such as Target Alpena.
In Alpena County, there were 59 companies that received government funding, including 15 that received the maximum grant of $ 15,000.
These included Thunder Bowl Lanes, Northern Lights Arena, Austin Brothers Beer Company, The Fresh Palate, Red Brick Tap and Barrel, and Alpena County.
Kevin Peterson, co-owner of Red Brick Tap and Barrel, said he appreciated the support. He said since the store opened in early 2020 it has closed more than openly. The state money, he said, will allow him to fully occupy the restaurant and prepare for an al fresco dining option later this year that will bring convenience to customers who may not enjoy dining indoors.
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“It has enabled me to give my staff more hours and make plans for the option to eat outside.” he said. “Every little bit helps and all the money goes to employees and the business.”
The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan also received $ 15,000. The museum was restricted in its functionality during the pandemic and was switched to a digital contact platform in order to connect the museum and the people.
Executive Director Christine Witulski said the money will be used to fund staffing that will continue to provide online content as well as personal offerings at the facility.
“It really is a morale booster” She said. “It gives us a sense of security that we can cover payroll. We lost a lot of sales because we had no admissions, events, and membership loss. It really helps us and gives us hope for the future. “
There were 22 companies in Presque Isle County that received funding, six of which received the full $ 15,000. These companies include Fuhrman Enterprises, Hawks Bar and Grill, and Woodwinds Restaurant.
There were 14 fellows in Alcona County, with the highest grant of $ 12,000 going to 10 companies including Glennie Tavern, North End Restaurant, Mountain Inn Beverage Company, Couzins Grill, and 3 Fs Entertainment.
Thirteen Montmorency County companies received funding that was passed on to them through Otsego County. The $ 15,000 recipients were Timbertown Lanes, Lucky D’s, and Village Loft Inc. All other fellows received $ 10,000.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the money will help small businesses immediately, but added that additional resources would be needed to support them and the state’s economy at large.
“These grants, along with additional business support offered by the MEDC, provide a solid foundation for Michigan’s long-term economic recovery.” Said Whitmer. “As we distribute the safe and effective vaccine and work to end the pandemic once and for all, I will continue to work with leaders across the state and demand the adoption of the MI COVID Recovery Plan to aid our small businesses and.” protect public health. and boost the economy. “
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