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Total of $132K given to entities in the area economically affected by the coronavirus

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."

HAMID SHIBATA BENNETT  - Bridge City Beauty and Barber Co. was closed in Milwaukie due to COVID-19.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.

For more information, visit milwaukieoregon.gov/economicdevelopment/business-relief-fund or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Birch Salon

Bridge City Beauty And Barber Co

Cha Cha Cha Milwaukie Inc.

Chan's Steakery

Decibel Sound & Drink, LLC

Elk Rock Wellness & Yoga

Hot Rice2

Jade Dragonfly Acupuncture

Mafe's Mall LLC

Milwaukie Floral, Inc.

Nourishing Medicine

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

Shear Perfection

Sophie Baudey-Bourgeat LLC

Spring Creek Coffee House

Stronger Skatepark, LLC

Sugarplums Learning Center

Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center

Teppanyaki Hut

Thai Street Food Cart

TORALY, LLC DBA Rice Thai Cookery

Two Sisters Play Cafe, LLC

UrbanWarrior.Fit 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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