Marion County offers business relief
Marion County announced Friday that funding is available to help area small businesses during the current difficult economic climate.
The county's Economic Development Coordinator Jason Schneider issued a press release imparting information about recent developments with county commissioners aimed at getting financial aid to businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If businesses or sole proprietors with five or fewer employees are experiencing negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is now available thanks to Marion County," Schneider said. "The Board of Commissioners has dedicated $200,000 from the Marion County Economic Stimulus Funding Program to distribute grants of up to $5,000 to eligible businesses throughout the county."
The county teamed with Willamette Workforce Partnership on the project. WWP will manage the application process. Information is available at www.willwp.org.
Applications are expected to be available at noon on Tuesday, April 7, and must be completed by noon Friday, April 10.
"This program throws a lifeline to those family-owned businesses that were shut through no fault of their own," said Commissioner Colm Willis.
"We are poised and ready to quickly get funding support into the hands of businesses that need it most, that perhaps don't have other options during these unprecedented times, Willamette Workforce Executive Director Parker-Llerenas said. "I appreciate the commitment of the Marion County's commissioners and am glad we can serve our community in this way."
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