Small businesses receive $15K grants

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -Some small business owners won thousands of dollars in grant money to keep their business up and running.

Three small businesses in Greenville, Campus Corner, 3rd Degree Signs, and Laced Boutique and apparel will all receive 15,000 dollars in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

“I think it’s very important for our business, because we can use this money to expand and grow the business and reach out more to our target market and help the business to continue to succeed,” said Thomas Alligood.

“With this money, it will help get the business going to the point that we will be able to hire a few more people and be able to accept all kinds of jobs,” explained Ian Oliver.

The City of Greenville gives grant money twice a year to 7 to 8 small companies, to help keep business booming

“It has a good population a large population you can market to two types of people, college students and people who have chosen to stay in Greenville and raise their families in Greenville.”

Campus corner co-owner Thomas Alligood isn’t concerned with his store running.

He uses classes offered by Pitt Community College and ECU to help him and others like him succeed.

“You come and take the classes for free, come and get the information that you need, you get started on the right foot and you are getting back something from the taxes that you are paying,” Gail Nichols.

Gail Nichols coordinates the program for PCC says the programs give owners the chance to learn from others.

“Not only do you get to go in the beginning, but they can help you throughout the whole business, we have people that have been in business for 15 to 20 years and they are still come back to us.”

To qualify for a grant from the city business owners are required to attend three small classes through ECU or Pitt Community College. If a business moves or fails, it must repay a portion of the money to the city.

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