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Mesa County to give $956,285 to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

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Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 25, 2021

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Small businesses in Mesa County can now apply for a one-time relief payment of several thousand dollars, but the application portal closes next week.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has awarded Mesa County $956,285 for the Small Business Relief Program, which is a state initiative funded by Senate Bill 20B-001.

Mesa County will administer and distribute the program funds as part of the county's emergency response and recovery strategy during the pandemic.

The Small Business Relief Program will offer a one-time relief payment of up to $3,500, $5,000, or $7,000 per Mesa County business applicant, based on the company's annual income. Any company impacted by the pandemic is welcome to apply, including restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, fitness clubs, caterers and movie theaters.

The payment breakdown by income is as follows:

  • Businesses with less than $500,000 in revenue (2019) may receive up to $3,500
  • Businesses with revenue between $500,000 and $1 million (2019) may receive up to $5,000
  • Businesses with revenue between $1 million and $2.5 million (2019) may receive a payment up to $7,000

The application portal is open now and closes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4. Email Ashley Greco at Ashley.greco@mesacounty.us with questions.

Those who applied will get a notification of their awards starting Feb. 1. Funds will be distributed on Feb. 12.

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier said small businesses are the backbone of the community.

"This is a way Mesa County can offer financial assistance in the form of a one-time relief grant,” Baier said. “While COVID is still a reality, small business owners continue to endure the impacts of the pandemic, and we know that every dollar makes a difference as they fight to remain open.”

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