Summit County Announces Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program

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Monday, Summit County passed emergency legislation authorizing the creation of a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. Through contribution from various organizations, the fund includes nearly $1 million in available grant money.

This program, open to small businesses in Summit County that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will provide grants of $5,000.

To qualify, businesses must:
Be a for-profit enterprise
Have its principle place of business located in Summit County
Employ between 3-25 people who work at least 20 hours a week
Have at least 50% of employees be residents of Summit County
Demonstrate a financial need
Apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan specifically related to COVID-19, or other SBA loan program specifically to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Additionally, any small business who meet these guidelines and has already been approved for an SBA loan will be automatically approved. Businesses who have been denied an SBA loan may still be approved for a grant following a review by the program.

To find out more information, or to apply for grant, contact the Gregg Cramer at Greater Akron Chamber by phone at 330-237-1213 or by email at gcramer@greaterakronchamber.org.

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