Suffolk small businesses slammed by the pandemic qualify for 2nd round of grant money

The county is now accepting applications for the second round of grants.

News 12 Staff

Apr 9, 2021, 7:43 PM

Updated 1,101 days ago

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Suffolk County announced Friday that a second round of grants will be available to small businesses still struggling due to the pandemic.
Javier's Cafe in Smithtown is just one small business that benefited from the money. The restaurant applied for funding through the Suffolk County Small Business Assistance Program and received $5,000. That was during the first round of help.
The county is now accepting applications for the second round of grants.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says the program will help keep downtowns afloat.
"This program has really been focused on those small businesses that form the backbone of our economy here that when you go up and down our great downtowns like here in Smithtown," says Bellone. "They're really the backbone of the economy, the backbone of the downtown, and they're the ones struggling the most."
Bellone says 67 businesses got $5,000 to $10,000 in grant money depending on how many employees they have.
Edgar Viera, owner of Javier's Cafe, says the money is helping to keep his business going.
"It's a good help that we have these funds coming to us to keep us in business," says Viera.
The money for the funding comes from a federal grant program designed to help small businesses.


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