Mayor Horrigan Announces $1M Awarded to 100 Small Businesses in Akron
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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 11-23-2022

Akron, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2022 — Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has announced the 100 Akron businesses who will each be receiving a one-time $10,000 grant to help offset costs and negative impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is coming from the City's allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars.

"Akron's small businesses have endured so much over the past several years to keep their doors open and to continue serving this community," said Mayor Horrigan. "I'm proud to be able to invest into these businesses with our ARPA dollars and help them bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic."

"We hear stories every day of how our small businesses stepped up through the height of the pandemic to take care of their customers, their employees, and their communities," said Director of Strategic Development, Catey Breck. "These grants are our way of mitigating the fallout they experienced from COVID-19 and putting these once in a generation funds back into the community. We're excited to support our small businesses in this way."

Of the 100 grant recipients, 43 are minority-owned businesses and 40 are women-owned businesses. They represent a variety of industries including bars and restaurants, healthcare, auto repair, barbershops, entertainment venues, construction companies, and more.

Full List of Small Business Grant Recipients:

2 Live Music

Full Service Logistics, LLC

Scanlon & Elliott
A & B Tent Rental Inc.Gear Star American Performance Transmissions, Inc.Shifrin Newman Smith Inc.

A AND A VENDING, INC.Good Life Body Piercing and Fine JewelrySlaughter Tire Service Inc
AKRON FAMILY BUSINESSGreat Lakes Premier DistributionSouth Akron Awning Co.
Akron Honey Company LTDGreen Light Auto SalesSPARKS INVESTMENT INC.
Akron Legends BarbershopHamad's on MainSpeedPro Akron North
Allegiance Insurance Group LLCInda Blatch-GeibSubway
American Family InsuranceJILLY'S MUSIC ROOM LLCSummit County Classics Inc
American Medical TransportKane Investments LLCSummit Tax & Insurance Services
Angels on Earth Health Care ServicesKids Academy 2Sweet Modern LLC
A to Z Auto and Truck RepairL & H Home CareT.R. Fields & Associates, Inc.
Backup Power Solutions, Inc.Laplace Events, LLCTechnology Management Solutions, Inc.
Barley HouseLOVING HEARTS HELPING HANDSThe Akron Plating Co., Inc.
BARMACYM&L EQUIPMENT COMPANYThe Brat Boulevard Corporation
Baxters LLCMarquesThe Culinary Chameleon
Beyond Expectations Barber CollegeMason Construction and Concrete LLCThe Growing Patch LLC
Blue Leaf Apothecary LLCMint Hair Collective LLCThe Hatterie Inc.
Caring Angels Healthcare LLCMr Dans Daycare LLCThe Score Draft Room
CLARKTEL/TELE-COMMUNICATIONS, INC.Nando's auto care LLCTransit Transportation Services, LLC
CNJ Renovations LLCNOMZ, LLCTwisted Tomato
Coast to Coast Caulking & Waterproofing LLCORLEANS AVENUE ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATIONUncle Bacon's BBQ LLC
Design Perspective LLCPaolucci Law, LLCVIGEO GARDENS
Diamond Daleesa AccessoriesPolymet Recovery, LLCWestside Masonry, LLC
Diamond GrillePritt Entertainment Group, LLCWhite Glove Cleaning Solutions LLC
Dot Org Solutions LLCR&S Cleaning SolutionsWilkinson Funeral Home
Duo Tax Services LLPRasheed F. Nemer, M.D.WORDS BY MOM
Eddies Famous CheesesteaksRed Point Digital, LLCYoga Squared
Eighty-Three BreweryROSAS PLAYHOUSE INCYour Virtual Solution
El Papa's Mexican BistroROT SORNZeber-Martell Studio, Inc.
Emidio & SonsRubber City Clothing
FG SOLUTIONS, LLCS4 Mobile Laboratories LLC

In order to qualify, businesses had to meet the following requirements:
  • Be a legal for-profit business;
  • Must be located within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) in Akron;
  • Must have 2 to 50 workers on payroll (including full-time or part-time employees, and owners actively working in the business);
  • Be current with income tax and property tax obligations for the business with the City of Akron and County of Summit;
  • In operation in the City of Akron on or before January 1, 2020;
  • Must be able to describe how the business has been negatively impacted due to a reduction in business activity or increase in supply chain costs related to COVID-19 pandemic or related public health restrictions and orders.

To see a full list of requirements please click here.

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Allowable uses of the funding include:
  • Rent or mortgage costs for the business location;
  • Payroll and benefits;
  • Utility costs for the business location;
  • Investments to meet reopening guidelines, such as purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other workplace improvements directly related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19;
  • Remote access equipment and connectivity, such as computers, software, printers, and/or online meeting platforms for employers to enhance social distancing; and/or technology that enables businesses to develop and manage service/product delivery to enhance social distancing.

Comments from grant recipients:
  • Brent Wesley, owner of Akron Honey Company:
    "With more funds like this available, we can move faster in buying the equipment we need in order to increase in scale."
  • Hannah Hamad, owner of Hamad's on Main:
    "Maintaining a small family business downtown after the pandemic sometimes feels like being a captain of a slowly sinking ship. Receiving the Small Business Relief Grant has finally given us a shore in sight. We are grateful to have been given this opportunity to help keep us downtown where we belong. We will be able to pay off debt accrued while trying to survive the past few years and will be able to move forward with a more hopeful future. Additionally, receiving the grant has allowed us to focus on our son's heart surgery and Jon's recovery without additional stress. It's feels good to know our city is here for us."
  • Nicole Woodford-Shell, owner of Yoga Squared:
    "We are so honored and grateful to receive this grant from the city we call home. The pandemic created new challenges for the already difficult small business sphere, and the support we've received from the City of Akron has been instrumental in our ability to keep moving forward! We have dedicated our lives to providing services that support the well-being of our neighbors and we're thankful to be surrounded by folks who recognize our value and have our backs!"

For further information, contact:
Stephanie Marsh
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

Filed Under: Government, City

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