Milwaukie business owners receive COVID-19 grants from city
Milwaukie recently awarded 47 grants to local businesses through its business relief fund, created by City Council last month. The goal of the grants is to help provide support for working capital expenses — such as payroll, utility or lease payments — for businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
"Small businesses in Milwaukie are doing what they can to survive in these challenging times," said Mayor Mark Gamba. "Our hope is that these grants, in some small measure, will help ease their burden."
Approved businesses were awarded grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. The total funding awarded was $132,000, which was allocated from the Construction Excise Tax program. Of the 47 grantees, 45% are business owners of color, 79% are women-owned businesses, 6% are veteran-owned businesses and 96% have 10 employees or less.
Geneva Perez, director of Sugarplums Learning Center, was a city grant recipient.
"Receiving this grant means we can continue to care for families, and our amazing, patient staff can continue to work," Perez said. "This experience has definitely been an eye-opener for us, but through all the chaos we have learned we are stronger than we believed. Families and staff have come together to create a positive atmosphere for the children that we love and care for."
The city received more than 100 relief fund applications from businesses requesting more than $500,000 in assistance, demonstrating the significant need for support in the Milwaukie community. More than half of the businesses receiving grants reported that the funding will go toward payroll and rent.
"While we're happy we could find some funding to provide a bit of relief, we know the need for assistance far outweighs the resources available," said Leila Aman, community development director. "The city focused grant awards on businesses with ten employees or less, owned by people of color, women and/or veterans — those that are statistically more at-risk economically — but we will continue to do our best to find resources and creative ways to support our small business community."
The city is accepting donations to the business relief fund through May 15. If you are interested in supporting the program, please make a check payable to the city of Milwaukie. Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at City Hall, 10722 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie, OR 97222.
Businesses receiving grants in Milwaukie included:
Above the Pearl Tattoo, LLC
Absolute Balance Bodywork, LLC
Aksorn Thai LLC
Amazing nails and spa LLC
Ames Meat Research LLC
Applied Consulting LLC dba THE OFFICE
Artistic Nails & Spa
Beer Store Milwaukie, LLC
Bridge City Beauty And Barber Co
Cha Cha Cha Milwaukie Inc.
Decibel Sound & Drink, LLC
Elk Rock Wellness & Yoga
Jade Dragonfly Acupuncture
Mafe's Mall LLC
Milwaukie Floral, Inc.
NW beauty salon
Ohana Hawaiian Cafe LLC
Oregon Laser @ Wellness Center
Painted Lady Coffee House, LLC
Pho Thap Ba
Ray Peck Associates dba Wind Horse Coffee & Tea
Rowena McDonald DBA Filipina Cuisine
Sarah M Baden Inc DBA Acupuncture For Wellness
Scissor and Comb
Sophie Baudey-Bourgeat LLC
Spring Creek Coffee House
Stronger Skatepark, LLC
Sugarplums Learning Center
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center
Thai Street Food Cart
TORALY, LLC DBA Rice Thai Cookery
Two Sisters Play Cafe, LLC
Wong's Garden Restaurant, Inc.
Yankee Ingenuity, LLC DBA Enchante
Yuanhua Tianjiao Happy, LLC
Chapel Theater, LLC
Pathway Speech Therapy
Milwaukie Spine and Sport
Luminara Studios, LLC
Portland Mobile Notary
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