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News Release: 5/20/2020

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Tara Martin, Marketing Manager
Rockingham County Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism
336.342.8363
tmartin@co.rockingam.nc.us
 
Citizens for Economic Development Secures Additional Funds for Rockingham County Micro-Businesses Grant
 
Rockingham County, NC (May 18, 2020) – Rockingham County Citizens for Economic Development is excited to announce additional funds were secured to offer micro-businesses in Rockingham County grant funding.
 
Announced in April, Citizen’s for Economic Development (CED) in collaboration with Rockingham County Economic Development, developed a grant package for Rockingham County mico-businesses, defined as businesses with less than 10 full-time employees. The response was overwhelming, proving a greater need for support to Rockingham County’s small, local businesses. 
 
After much collaboration with Rockingham County businesses and organizations and with extreme generosity, additional funds were received from Truist (BB&T Bank), HomeTrust Bank, Leadership Rockingham (GoFundMe project), Eden Rotary, Reidsville Rotary, Reidsville Area Foundation, Madison-Mayodan Rotary, The Wright Company, and Sylvia Grogan. The additional funds were dispersed to several businesses which previously applied for the grant and will serve as a supplement to assist with rent/mortgage, employee support (salaries, insurance, paid leave), utilities (i.e. electricity, phone/internet, etc.), purchase of COVID-19 supplies for business protection/cleaning, expenses associated with marketing, and such.
 
A total of 84 grants were dispersed to Rockingham County micro-businesses, with priority given to those businesses directly impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order issued March 23, 2020.
 
“We are overjoyed with the outpouring of support from our Rockingham County colleagues and partners,” said Leigh Cockram, Rockingham County Economic Development Director. “Although we realize the need is still great, it is our hope that these grant funds soften the blow COVID-19 has had to those businesses who have been forced to close or to operate at limited capacity.”
 
For more information, questions, or for ways to help, please contact Tara Martin, Economic Development Marketing Manager at tmartin@co.rockingham.nc.us.
 
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