Ohio Offers Micro-Enterprise Grant Program for Minority- & Women-Owned Businesses

Ohio Offers Micro-Enterprise Grant Program for Minority- & Women-Owned Businesses

Ohio’s Office of Small Business Relief recently announced a micro-enterprise grant program benefiting many of Ohio’s small, minority- and women-owned businesses, which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program provides $10,000 in funding to help these companies through the current crisis and set them up for the future.

To be eligible, businesses must have been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise or woman-owned EDGE-certified business as of Feb. 29, 2020; have 10 or fewer employees and up to $500,000 in annual revenue; and have not received funding under the federal CARES Act.

To qualify, businesses […] Read more

City Fund Offers Relief For Local Small Business Owners

City Fund Offers Relief For Local Small Business Owners

The City of Columbus is devoting $5.25 million of the $157 million Columbus received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the business relief effort, calling it the Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund.

The fund helps businesses with fewer than 25 employees in three ways:

$3.25 million for “recovery grants” of up to $10,000 for businesses in low- to moderate-income areas to help with expenses and to retain employees during the pandemic;
$1 million in low-interest “pivot loans” of up to $20,000 for businesses in low- to moderate-income areas that can be used to retain or […] Read more