According to the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, this fund helps businesses that have not been able to access, or have been declined for local, state, or federal relief funds, or need additional support to weather this crisis.
We are focused on businesses that may be dealing with additional barriers including but not limited to language, general business knowledge, and from underserved communities.
Consistent with the limitations of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, these businesses also must have been directly impacted and experienced losses due to business interruption due to COVID-19.
All distributions of funds are subject to the requirements of the CARES Act and Treasury Department guidance on the use of Coronavirus Relief Funds.
Who Is Eligible?
Programs differ in the details. But generally:
- Private, for-profit business located and registered in the grant district
- 25 or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) employees (that means you can have 50 half-timers)
- Some have expanded eligibility to businesses with up to 50 FTE employees
- Direct impact and loss from COVID (In other words, everybody)
- In business before 2/15/2020
Your mileage may vary.
Smaller businesses with 25 or fewer FTE employees may receive $5000 to $25,000. Twenty-six to fifty FTE workers? You may get $10,000 to $40,000.
Business owners know that money evaporates. Everything costs more. Everything breaks. At the worst possible moment.
Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.
Small business Owner’s Law: “Murphy was an optimist”.
Still, these are grants not loans. No repayment. Now you can fix the refrigerator. Restock the supply room. Meet payroll for one more week. It helps!
How To Apply?
Get your financial documents together. You must provide any two of the following:
- Tax return
- Income statement
- Sales report
- Cash flow statement
- Profit and loss statement
- Balance sheet
Sole proprietor? They will need your individual tax return as well.
Most Small Business Recovery Programs have an online application process. And it is simple. Gather your financial documents, file the online application, keep on working your butt off.
How Long To Get An Answer?
Check your email. They are trying to get the money out there quickly. Someday soon, you may get the notice that help is on the way.
But I Don’t Want Government Help!
Small business owners are independent do-it-yourself types. Government hand-out? Perish the thought! Understandable. But.
Government demands taxes. You pay taxes. You never thought you would see any of that money again, right? No return on that investment. This is a return on that investment. Unusual times.
Same approach applies to estate planning and elder law. You paid in, why shouldn’t you be paid back? If you need it. When you need it? Learn more. It is easy. Well, pretty easy.
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