Small Business Owners Appreciate Town Funding Grants
Local small business owners gathered at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst last week to give kudos to the city for its distribution of American Rescue Plan Act funding.
The 267 grants from Babylon’s Direct Support Program helped keep businesses afloat as they financially recovered from the pandemic and have allowed them to pursue post-pandemic growth and prosperity, according to a city statement. Through the program, more than $8.3 million was released to 192 small businesses, 68 nonprofits and seven veterans groups, 98 of whom were minority and women-owned businesses.
“Our small businesses do a great deal on the line to drive our local economy,” Anthony Manetta, chairman of the Town of Babylon Small Business Committee, said in the statement. “Therefore, it was Babylon’s goal for our businesses and nonprofits to not only survive but also thrive in the aftermath of the pandemic.”
Reggie Mays, owner of CBC Wireless in Wydunch, used the grant money to help offset his firm’s pandemic-based revenue loss.
“Many of us have had to close our doors for months at a time, which has had a significant impact on our businesses and personal finances,” Mayes said in the statement. “I don’t think we would survive without the money from the program.”
The city also deployed ARPA funds to invest in public safety through grants to various municipalities and fire departments to purchase life-saving equipment. Using the allocated funds, the Wynduchs Fire Department received a new ladder truck, the Lindenhurst and West Babylon Fire Departments received Lucas equipment that aids in the performance of CPR, and the Copiague Fire Department will soon receive three AEDs. In addition, Babylon Village will use the funds to purchase an ambulance.
Babylon Supervisor Rich Shaffer thanked those who helped organize the funding effort, especially Babylon COVID Recovery Director Wissel Moore, who spearheaded the city’s program.