EDA awards COVID-19 small business grants
Dozens of small businesses throughout the city received nearly $200,000 in COVID-19 small business grants from Suffolk Economic Development Authority during its June distribution.
Grant amounts included $3,700 for 15 businesses, $2,700 for 27 businesses, $1,700 to 32 businesses and $700 for 11 businesses.
In all, 85 city businesses received $190,500. Fifteen of those businesses received the highest amount, $3,700. Those businesses included Al Forno Pizzeria, Boogies Soul Food Restaurant, C-Fit Studio, El Korita Restaurante Mexicano, Happy Nails, Kitty’s Beauty Salon, LA Nails, LAS Enterprise/SuperCuts, Peking House, Pro Nails, Ryan’s Steaks and Cakes, Sushi Aka, The Pinner House, The Truitt House and Triple T Sports Center.
To qualify for the grants, the businesses must have had no more than 50 full-time equivalent employees as of March 24, be in good standing with the city and have a current city business license, have a physical presence in the city and be established prior to Jan. 1. They also must have experienced losses in operating hours, revenue and/or reductions in staffing due to various executive orders and directives from Gov. Ralph Northam.
In particular, that included Executive Order 53 in March that placed restrictions on restaurants, recreational, entertainment, gatherings, non-essential businesses and closed K-12 schools throughout the state.
“We spent a lot of time debating about how to be effective … and make the most impact that we could,” said EDA director Kevin Hughes during an EDA board meeting earlier this month.
Businesses can use the money to pay for private utilities, rent or mortgage payments, insurance or similar expenses, products or services directly used in production of products to sell or provided services, or operating equipment.
For the first round of grants, Hughes said they accepted applications through a two-and-a-half week window in June.
Those that received the $3,700 amounts, according to Hughes, were businesses that were directly affected by Executive Order 53 and did not receive federal money, while those receiving the $2,700 grants were also directly affected but did receive some federal assistance. Companies that received $1,700 grant awards had indirect effects from the coronavirus pandemic and the state executive orders — ones Hughes said were not forced to close but had to limit their operations. Ones receiving lower amounts, Hughes said, felt indirect losses but were not necessarily shut down by Executive Order 53.
Broken down by location, 40% of businesses receiving grant money are from the central (non-downtown) part of the city, 32% are from downtown, 24% from North Suffolk and three% from the villages. City restaurants received more grants than other businesses, capturing 29 percent. Medical services made up 16 percent, 14% were retail businesses, 11% were salon/hair businesses, 9% hospitality, 6% gyms and 2% childcare.
“We feel pretty certain that we’ll do this multiple times throughout the rest of the year,” Hughes said. “So we are learning from it.”
COVID-19 Small Business Grant recipients
Al Forno Pizzeria
Boogies Soul Food Restaurant
El Korita Restaurante Mexicano
Kitty’s Beauty Salon
Ryan’s Steaks & Cakes
The Pinner House
The Truitt House
Triple T Sports Center
Coastal Styling Studio
Decent People Taproom
Derl’z Restaurant & Pub
E Nail and Spa
Enhanced Nutrition & Energy
George’s Steak House of Suffolk
JP Bridge Road Subway — 3575 Bridge Road
JP Harbourview Subway — 5887 Harbour View Blvd.
Lavish Nail Spa
Nansemond Brewing Station
RSCH, Inc (Riverstone Chophouse)
Suffolk BBQ Co. — Airport
Suffolk BBQ Co. — Main Street
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshoppe
The Catering Place
The Plaid Turnip
The Spa & Laser Center
World Class Too
Bennetts Creek Marina, Inc.
Bennetts Creek’s Home Away From Home
Cecelia’s Boutique & Gifts
Cedar Point Country Club
Coastal Pest Control
D.B. Bowles Jewelers
Dynamic Movements School of Performing Arts
Early Resultz Daycare & Learning Center
Enochs Eye Care
Hackworth Printing & Graphics
Harbour View Dental Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
J&L Rentals and Party Supplies
Jana Boyd DDS
M&M Silk Flowers
McKenzie Foot & Ankle
Party Time Entertainment
Plastic Surgery Specialists of Virginia
Quality Time Child Care Center
Robert E. Anderson DDS
Scrubs Plus of Suffolk VA
Shotz Portrait Studio
SNKR Tub 7/8 Daequan
Suffolk Animal Hospital
Trinity Christian Bookstore
A&A Home Health
Bay Cabinets, Inc.
Best of Care Home Health
Hampton Roads Moving and Storage
Harris Funeral Home
Michael D. Eberhardt, PC
Nursing Education and Study Center
Spacesaver Storage Solutions
T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home
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