The Economic Alliance is pleased to announce the first round of funding to 14 small businesses within Okanogan County totaling $21,000 was approved to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each of the small businesses will receive a $1,500 grant that can be used to pay rent, utilities, and other fixed business expenses as well as to help businesses become more resilient in the future including purchase of PPE for reopening.
Our local small businesses are the heart of the communities within Okanogan County, many of whom have been shut down completely or only allowed to offer limited services. All of whom desperately need financial assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic. In round 1 we received a total of 56 applications totaling $84,000, which means we still have a long way to go to fill the need.
We would like to thank those chambers, civic groups and individuals who have contributed to this emergency grant program either financially or as a member of the application review committee. Your donation will help these small businesses when they need it the most, give them hope for the future and for their own small business survival.
We are at risk of losing small businesses that have been dedicated community partners for years and years. Many of these businesses are owned by people who support our schools, community activities and donate to our youth sports, fairs, rodeos and livestock sales. These are establishments that our families and friends have long patronized. They need our help and support now, more than ever.
If you are interested in making a donation or if you are a small business who would like to apply for round 2 of the emergency grant (deadline June 3), please visit www.supportokanogan.biz.
If you have any questions, please contact Roni Holder-Diefenbach at 509-322-4634 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.