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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Nevada County Relief Fund Awards $192,500 to 79 Small Businesses

NevCo Relief Fund

Thanks to an allocation of $250,000 by the Board of Supervisors to promote post-pandemic economic recovery, all the eligible small businesses who applied will receive a micro-grant of up to $5,000 from the Nevada County Relief Fund. 

The Nevada County Relief Fund’s fifth round of grantmaking was entirely funded from the County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allotment. Last month, the Board of Supervisors set aside nearly $6 Million of ARPA funds for the purpose of “Community & Economic Resiliency.”

“It’s gratifying to see this money from Washington go where it’s most needed right now, our small business community,” said Board Chair Dan Miller. “I applaud the resiliency of every small business in Nevada County who weathered the pandemic. It’s great to walk around our business districts and see people smiling again.”

Sierra Business Council (SBC) administered the grant application process with oversight provided by the Relief Fund’s Community Advisory Council. After evaluating each application for eligibility, staff generated a randomly selected list that was reviewed by the Relief Fund’s Small Business Team to ensure geographic and business type diversity. While the applicants certified they were following state and local public health guidelines, County and municipal staff verified they were in good standing and had no records of complaints.

SBC received nearly 87 applications, and recommended funding a mix of “bricks and mortar” retailers, restaurants, arts and entertainment venues, and personal services. More than half are based in Grass Valley with approximately 20% from Nevada City and 20% from Truckee. SBC will reserve the balance of funds for future efforts to support Covid-impacted businesses consistent with ARPA guidelines. SBC will also provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center. 

“Small businesses are facing a number of challenges recovering from COVID-19 impacts – increased costs for materials, hiring and supply chain challenges to name just a few,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council. “These micro-grants can make a real difference for a small retailer looking to rebuild her inventory, for example.”

Notified by staff of their awards, local business owners expressed their appreciation to the County and the Relief Fund team.

“What a blessing! Covid’s been heart wrenching and exhausting. We took on debt and suffered a 58% reduction in business. This grant gives us space to breathe, regroup, and resume placing our 40 local servers, bartenders, baristas and private chefs with clients for in-home entertaining. Small businesses, especially those without brick-and-mortar storefronts, can be invisible. So it feels wonderful to be acknowledged with this grant,” said Holly Verbeck, CEO of HeyChef!, which has operated in Truckee since 1997. 

“This is exciting news. We sell jewelry at festivals for a living, and all our festivals after March 2020 were canceled. We increased our online presence, but with this grant, we will be able to update and repair our old and aging equipment and get back to selling at fairs and festivals again,” said Jim Candelaria of Rough and Ready Jewelers. 

About the Nevada County Relief Fund

 The Nevada County Relief Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. To date, the Relief Fund has raised over $1.3 Million to help dozens of small businesses and nonprofits countywide with nearly half the money raised from individual donations.

The Nevada County Relief Fund is a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (fiscal sponsor), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council. 

Round Five Small Business Micro-grants:

Andres Amador Arts, Nevada City, $1250

Andrew & Melanie Photography, Penn Valley, $2500

Art Works Gallery, Grass Valley, $5000

Artists' Studio in the Foothills - ASiF Art Center, Grass Valley, $1250

Bear River Artworks, Grass Valley, $1250

Ben's Zap Haul, Grass Valley, $2500

Blue Cow Deli, Penn Valley, $5000

Blue Moon Apparel, Grass Valley, $2500

BoHo Lounge, Grass Valley, $1250

Brad Henry Pottery, Truckee, $1250

Broad Street Inn, Nevada City, $1250

Cameron Professional Audio, LLC, Nevada City, $1250

Care Campus Inc., Grass Valley, $5000

Choquiero Chocolate, Nevada City, $5000

ControlOMatic, Inc., Grass Valley, $5000

Copy Center, Truckee, $2500

Corvus Bakery, Grass Valley, $5000

Culture Shock Yogurt, Grass Valley, $2500

Daphne Hougard Photography, Truckee, $1250

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, Truckee, $5000

Debra Little, Nevada City, $1250

DiPietro & Associates, Inc., Grass Valley, CA 95949, $5000

Earth Central Artisans Hub, Nevada City, $1250

Eileen Mello, Grass Valley, $1250

Fable Coffee, Grass Valley, $5000

Flop House Creations, Grass Valley, $1250

Fowler Center Trend Cuts LLC, grass valley, $5000

Gaia Soap Supply, Nevada City, $2500

Gallery 5830', Truckee, $2500

Gold River Costumes, Grass Valley, $1250

Grass Valley Printers, Grass Valley, $1250

Hair by Christie, Grass Valley, $1250

Harmony Ridge LLC, Nevada City, $5000

HeyChef! LLC, Truckee, $5000

Holistic Alternatives, Grass Valley, $1250

Independent Events, Truckee, $1250

Jude Bischoff Fine Art, Cedar Ridge, $1250

KC Nails Corp, Grass Valley, $2500

Kim Sayre Photography, Grass Valley, $1250

Kober Consulting, Grass Valley, $1250

La Galleria LLC, Truckee, $5000

Le Nails & Spa, Truckee, $2500

Lola and Jack, Grass Valley, $2500

M3 Mall, Grass Valley, $1250

Madeline’s Nail Care, Grass Valley, $1250

Mail’s Nails, Grass Valley, $2500

Massage Therapy by Michelle Mangini, Grass Valley, $1250

Medicine Theater, Grass Valley, $1250

Mezoarts, Grass Valley, $1250

Mill and Main, Grass Valley, $2500

Off Broadstreet, Nevada City, $1250

Panache, Grass Valley, $1250

Phillips School of Kung Fu San Soo/Phillips Martial Arts and Yoga Center, Grass Valley, $1250

PresenterTek, Inc., Nevada City, $2500

Prosperio Consultants, Inc., Grass Valley, $2500

Radiate Light, Grass Valley, $1250

Renaissance [Design] Consultations, Grass Valley, $1250

Revival Float & Wellness, Grass Valley, $2500

Roam Production LLC, Truckee, $1250

Rose Things and Fairy Wings, Nevada City, $1250

Salon 174, Grass Valley, $1250

Sierra Jewelers, Penn Valley, $1250

Silver Cuts, Grass Valley, $1250

Slam Dunk Amusements, Grass Valley, $2500

Split Pea, Grass Valley, $2500

Stacey Dove, Grass Valley, $1250

Starr Ranch, Penn Valley, $1250

Summit Lotus, Truckee, $1250

The Curious Forge LLC, Nevada City, $1250

The Good Wolf Brewing Company, Truckee, $5000

The Magic Carpet, Nevada City, $1250

Tomahawkers Barber Shop, Grass Valley, $1250

Tourist Club, Truckee, $5000

Truckee Gymnastics, Truckee, $5000

Twelve 28 Kitchen, Penn Valley, $5000

Uph Yoars, Nevada City, $2500

Vaya Clean LLC, Truckee, $5000

Wes the Barber, Grass Valley, $1250

Wild Eye Pub, Grass Valley, $5000

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