KINGSTON, NY – Eighteen small businesses in Ulster County have received a total of $ 542,983 under the County’s CARES Small Business Assistance Program, according to County Manager Pat Ryan.
Funding for each ranged from $ 10,600 to $ 35,000 and was awarded through the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance, Ryan’s office said. A second round of CARES funding announcements is expected in early 2022.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our Ulster County economy,” Ryan said in a statement. “As a county executive and as a former small business owner myself, I am committed to providing the support we know our local businesses need to pivot and thrive in the ever-changing economic landscape. of the COVID pandemic. ”
Funding comes from a state’s $ 1 million community development grant program that provides financial assistance to businesses.
To be eligible for funding, businesses must have 25 or fewer employees and must be owned by someone with limited income or employ a majority of people who meet limited income thresholds.
The 18 companies to benefit from CARES funding are:
• In the city of Kingston, Bondar Built, Church des Artistes, Dimples, Stone Soup, Edenesque, Urban Fork and Wholesale in a Box.
• In Saugerties, Alleyway Ice Cream, EscapeMaker.com Inc. and Black Eyed Susie’s Upstate.
• In the city of Ulster, Loveleaf Cleaning LLC and Bodies by Colotti.
• In Kerhoknson, bryt life food and Prescriptive Health.
• Chicory naturalist in Port Ewen.
• Erichensen’s Fuel Service Inc. in Highland.
• Twin Ravens in Ellenville.
• Woodland Playhouse, LLC in Phenicia.
Julian Hom, owner of Alleyway Ice Cream, said in a prepared statement: “After dealing with the volatility of COVID-19, this cash infusion is a huge victory for a small business like mine. “
Devon Francis, owner of Dimples, said she was “thrilled to be able to grow my business” and that the money from CARES “will make a huge difference in my day-to-day operations”.
For more information on CARES or to complete a pre-application, visit ulstercountyny.gov/oed.