Grants give small businesses a boost

With a strained economy, businesses of all sizes are hurting, but in the town of Rotterdam 10 small businesses are getting a small boost from the Rotterdam Industrial Development Authority. The winners of the 2008 Small Business Grant Program were announced at the IDA's regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

In Rotterdam, small businesses are the lifeline of our economy, said Angelo Santabarbara, chairman of the Rotterdam Industrial Development Authority. "I thought it was very important to come up with something that specifically helps small businesses. A lot of the time they have a hard time, but it's great to get a little help once in a while and keep things moving."

Those receiving the grants are Deangelos Play by Play Sports Bar and Grill, Carman Paint and Hardware, Rainbow Express Childcare Center, Kathleen's Therapeutic Massage and Day Spa, EZ Wash, Tina King's Hair Studio, Roman Villa Restaurant, Gold Crest Electronics, Center Stage Deli and Scott S. Soule, DDS, Amy G. White, DDS, General Dentistry and Cosmetics.

Earlier this year, the Rotterdam IDA announced the continuation of the Small Business Grant Program for 2008 and requested applications for the grants. The program, which began in 2007 shortly after Santabarbara took over as chairman of the agency, provides 10, $5,000 matching grants to small business owners to use toward exterior improvements such as faCade work, access improvements, signage, spot lighting and sidewalks.

"I would like to thank all of the small business that applied for this program. We had a lot of great applications to choose from and hope that the remaining applicants will re-apply in 2009. We look forward to seeing faCade improvements throughout the Town of Rotterdam in the upcoming year," said Santabarbara in written statement.

The Rotterdam IDA received 22 applications for the 10 grants, up from the handful it received last year.

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