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Elyria Businesses Receive COVID Grant Boosts

Jul 29, 2020

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ELYRIA, OHIO  – Four Elyria businesses were the latest to receive grants from the “Lorain County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Program.”

The program is a joint effort of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at Lorain County Community College which grants up to $2,500 to businesses located within Lorain County with fewer than 20 employees.  Please join us in supporting the following local recipients:

Roll Arena Family Skating Center | 908 Cleveland Street  |  440-366-6649

The Roll Arena features Roller Skating, Roller Blading, Birthday Parties, Rock Climbing, Arcade Games, and a Fitness Center

Bailey’s Bar & Grille | 800 West River Rd N.  |  (440) 322-1188

Located across from the sledding hill at Cascade Park, Bailey’s Bar & Grille is known for its huge wings, great people, and support of the community through fundraisers, raffles and tournaments. Masks are mandatory and carryout is available.

Gold Star Awards | 201 4th St, Elyria  |  (440) 458-6356

Gold Star Awards designs, builds, and engraves custom trophies and awards. They also provide screen printing and embroidery services.

ThatSKINcredible | 128 E Broad St #6430  |  (440) 322-7600

Licensed estheticians and massage therapists provide facials and skin care treatments, hair removal, permanent makeup, massage therapy, reflexology and energy work across the street from UH Elyria Medical Center.

“Our small businesses are what make Elyria such a unique community,” shared Economic Transformation & Business Services Director Dawn Calvert. “This is not a cookie-cutter community, and we’re proud of it. Each of these businesses did their part to keep our community safe by staying closed during the pandemic, but it came at a personal cost and sacrifice. It is our hope that these grants help bridge the gap from these past few months, while at the same symbolize our deep appreciation for their role in keeping Elyria unique, and safe.”

This is the third round of emergency grant funding through the Lorain County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. These four grants were made possible through a donation from the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation, which designated the funds for businesses located in the City.

“As more Lorain County businesses continue to re-open, we are happy to help the small businesses located in Elyria. By the time this 3rd round of grants is given out, we will have helped 86 small businesses in Lorain County for a total of $202,500,” said Tony Gallo, President of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

Funding for the first and second round of grants were made possible through donations from the City of Avon, Nord Family Foundation, KeyBank Business Boost & Build powered by JumpStart, Lubrizol, Northwest Bank, US Bank, and PNC Bank,  CommStar Credit Union and Achieve Credit Union.

Proceeds from the sale of “Lorain County Strong” T-shirts also provided funding for the first and second round of grants. You can order your shirt to support this program from Big Frog Avon’s online store.

The Lorain County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program applications for City of Elyria businesses will be distributed by next week. No new applications are currently being taken, as the Elyria grants are still being handed out from the initial round of applications received in April.

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