Small business grants available in Franklin County

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Relief is on the way for small businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic.

The City of Columbus and Franklin County are offering up grants to help offset some of the loss.

“If you’re a small business, I would encourage you to go ahead and look at the opportunity and go ahead and put in your application,” said Michael Bowers, the director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College.

Up to $8 million is available. Bowers says business owners applied for the first wave of dollars last month, and the response was overwhelming.

“We ended up with 600 applications by the time we closed the wave and that was within two days,” he said.

To be considered for the recovery funds, he says your business must reside in Franklin County, be under 25 employees and show a 25% revenue loss.

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