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Federal Funding Allocated To Help Washtenaw County Businesses Affected By COVID-19

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Starting December 15th, businesses in Washtenaw County affected by COVID-19 can apply to receive funding through a new program led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.   

The program is called Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative and is being funded by the federal CARES Act.  Washtenaw County, along with five other counties, that include Livingston and Jackson, have been awarded a total of $900,000 out of $10 million for businesses in need.  Chad Wiebesick is the vice-president of marketing and communications for the convention and visitors bureau Destination Ann Arbor.  He explains how the funding will benefit the local economy.

Chad Wiebesick: The small businesses really make up the soul and spirit of a community. It’s helping workers earn an income to provide money for their family.

Restaurants, bars and gyms are among the types of businesses that can apply to be considered for the funding.  For details on who qualifies for the program and how to apply for the funding, click here.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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