Posted: July 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
By Terry Harris
At the July 2 Surry County Board of Supervisors meeting, recipients of the Covid-19 Grants established at the June meeting were made public.
Based on a suggestion by Surry County’s Economic Development Director David Harrison, the program – unanimously approved by the Board – was formed to “assist small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The county contributed $20,000 to establish the fund, and sPower’s Cavalier Solar Project donated $5,000 to make a total of $25,000 available for the effort.
Harrison explained that because the county could not give the money directly to businesses, they had enlisted the Economic Development Association to regulate the process and distribute the funds appropriately and transferred the funds to them. Treasurer Joyce Henderson made the announcement at the meeting.
Criteria for consideration when awarding the grants included that the business must have been established and operational within Surry County for at least 12 months, could only have 25 or fewer employees, and must have made efforts to retain employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Grant funds were distributed to the businesses as a reimbursement for qualifying business costs that occurred between March 17, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Qualifying expenses included payroll, rent, utilities, mortgage payment, supplies, and business expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recipients of Small Business COVID-19 Grant Awards were as follows: Just For Kicks Cupcakes and Things (Town of Surry) $2461.00; Randy’s Seafood (Town of Surry) – $2189.00; Hampton Roads Winery (Elberon) 2385.00; Spottsville Mechanic. LLC, (Elberon) – $2052.00; Skyrise, Inc. (Bacon’s Castle) – $2308.00; Coggin Electronics (Dendron) $4757.00; L. J. Johnson Construction (Dendron) – $2265.00; Agape Hairstyling Salon (Dendron) – $2248.00; Bacon’s Castle Supply Co. (Bacon’s Castle) – $2248.00; Janice’s Splash Nail Salon (Wakefield) $2087.
“I’d like to express many thanks to the Surry County Board of Supervisors and S-Power Corporation for making this opportunity possible for our small businesses,” Harrison said following the announcement. “We are most appreciative that the county’s $20,000 contribution, supplemented by the generous $5,000 donation by sPower’s Cavalier Solar Project, made it possible for all who applied to be aided by the program.”
“We were delighted to support the COVID19 Small Business Grant Fund,” said Cat Mosely, Community Relations Director of sPower. “As a renewable energy operator and developer, sPower and our Cavalier Solar project are neighbors in the Surry community, and we are committed to supporting our community in this time of need.”
“This effort,” Harrison said, “demonstrates that in spite of the COVID-19 crisis, Surry County, though small in comparison to other larger and wealthier counties, is still able and eager to help its own.”