Columbia County small businesses receive $929K in state grants
Local businesses received $929,274 in state-funded small business grants in December.
Grants were awarded to 159 businesses and nonprofits across eight cities and towns in Columbia County. The majority of recipients were smaller sole proprietorships, according to the press release from the county. The hospitality industry received more than a quarter of the grant funds, or $258,978.
Each of Oregon's 36 counties received a portion of $55 million in business grant funding in early December. The counties had until Dec. 30 to award all the funds.
Each county received a base amount of $500,000 from the state, and the rest of the money was distributed to counties based on population.
Columbia County was awarded $959,274, according to a Dec. 10 announcement of the grant opening from Columbia County Economic Team, which partnered with the county to distribute the grants. CCET and the county distributed nearly all of that money received from the state.
"The state had to contract with the county, the county had to contract with an entity to help develop and administer the program — and selected us. We had to coordinate with county finance and attorneys to get it all put together in compliance with state and federal guidelines," said CCET Executive Director Paul Vogel. "We spent nearly a full day on the phone to make sure all the T's were crossed and the I's dotted."
Through the most recent grant funding round and two previous rounds, nearly $2 million was distributed to local businesses.
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