GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Many local businesses in the Grand Valley have been trying to power through theses challenging times. Fortunately, Mesa County is stepping in to assist are beloved small businesses.
The Small Business Relief Program is a one time payment granted to the hardest hit industries. Eligible businesses are restaurants, bars, caterers, theaters, and gyms with revenues under $2.5 million. The businesses must also have a minimum of 20% revenue loss due to COVID-19 affects.
Mesa County started accepting applications Thursday, January 14th, and will continue through Thursday, February 4th. The county administration adds the money should follow shortly afterwards.
Pete Baier, Mesa County Administrator, says, “our goal is to make sure we get as many of our businesses signed up for it as possible.”
State legislature has delegated $37 million in COVID relief aid. Currently, Mesa County is unsure how much money will be allotted to our area. Still, Baier says, “I think any little bit helps. Getting a couple thousand dollars should help them get through these times.”
One local restaurant, Las Marias, has not previously applied for any aid, but after enduring the effects of the pandemic for months, the Mexican restaurant is now interested in getting some help. Las Marias says the COVID relief money would go towards paying rent and salaries, as well as keeping supplies stocked. The restaurant also agrees every penny counts until the pandemic passes. Patty Forte, bartender at Las Marias, says, “we will make do with what we have, and we will spread it, and make it work to the best of our ability.”