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Local Small Businesses Seek Aid From County Government As COVID-19 Crisis Continues

Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

As businesses remain closed and unemployment continues to rise, a growing number of local organizations are turning to Washtenaw’s county government for help.

In the span of two weeks, more than 1,400 small businesses applied for aid from a ‘Business Resiliency Fund’ set up by the county’s Office of Community and Economic Development.

The office’s director, Teresa Gillotti, says the requests came from everything from home-based businesses to companies that had as many as 60 employees.

"And those requests totaled more than 4.7 million dollars.  And we know that in a lot of ways this is just a drop in the bucket of the need currently,” Gillottii says.

Gillotti says they intend to distribute the funds they have available as grants to qualifying business by the end of the month.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

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