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HARTFORD, CONN (September 17, 2019) – Today the City of Hartford announced that it will distribute 16 grants of $7,500 to small businesses across Hartford using funds from the Community Development Block Grant, an annual allocation from the federal government. Recipients will use the funding for expenses including façade improvements, marketing and technical assistance, equipment, and more.  The City anticipates announcing another application window for small business grants in the near future.

“Small businesses are crucial for the success of our neighborhoods, and we are excited to be able to support sixteen small businesses across our city,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “These grants will help our small businesses reach more customers, operate more efficiently, and serve our community more effectively.  I want to thank our team at Development Services for facilitating this grant program, and we look forward to opening another application window soon.”

“We are grateful to the City of Hartford for extending Aqui Me Quedo the opportunity to improve our restaurant,” said Joel Rohena, owner of Aqui Me Quedo, one of the grant recipients. “We are a longtime small business, we employ Hartford residents, and this grant will help us attract and maintain customers.  We plan on using the grant to add new outdoor lighting and furniture for inside the restaurant, enhancing the experience of customers new and old.”

Grant applicants had to adhere to a variety of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.  Recipients must have been appropriately registered, up to date on taxes or on an approved payment plan, and they had to specify the use of funds.

The grant recipients are: Blue Earth Compost, 3580 Main Street; Park Hardware, 415 Park Street; Capital Thirty Three, 248-250 Sisson Ave; The Place 2 Be, 615 Franklin Ave; Living Word Imprints, 450 Homestead Ave; CTown, 165 Wethersfield Ave; Salvin's Shoes, 1307 Main Street; Aqui Mi Quedo, 150 Albany Ave; Sunberry's Restaurant, 65 Pratt Street; Dysontime Enterprises, 24 Eastford Street; Best Practices Home Care, 1409 Albany Ave; Idlewilde Printing Company, 1477 Park Street; Do It All Clothing, 3281 Main Street; Carlton Barber Shop, 3155 Main Street; Story & Soil, 387 Capitol Ave; Lawson Power Source, 786 Tower Ave.




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