$100,000 was recently given to two dozen local businesses for COVID-19 relief. Image courtesy the city of Enumclaw

$100,000 was recently given to two dozen local businesses for COVID-19 relief. Image courtesy the city of Enumclaw

Two dozen businesses receive Enumclaw CARES Act business grant funds

About $100,000 was recently given to local businesses.

The city of Enumclaw has distributed $100,000 to local businesses as an effort to help stave off financial difficulties brought on by COVID-19.

The Small Business Relief Grant was announced Sept. 4, and applications were accepted through Sept. 27.

Those in charge of overseeing the distribution of the $100,000 were Councilmembers Tony Binion, Kael Johnson, and Kyle Jacobson; the three finalized the list of grant recipients Oct. 5.

Businesses could ask for up to $7,000 in grant funds. Three dozen businesses applied, though only 23 were approved; funds will be released to businesses when a contract with the city is signed.

$2,000 – $2,500: Rouge Roots Hot Yoga, Lee Nails, Something to Chalk About, Puget Sound Draperies, and Redemption Press.

$3,000 – $3,500: The Courier-Herald, Terri Kilbourne LMT, Megan’s Massage

$4,000 – $4,500: Oh Baby Uncommon Consignments, This-N-That

$5,000: Four Seasons, Chef Ky, Country Playhouse Learning Center, The Local, Garage Fitness, Paisley Petals, Bordeaux Wine Bar, The Historic Mint, Plateau Athletic Club, Rainier Bar and Grill, Jackson’s, Charlie’s Cafe, and Mazatlan.

“These were extremely difficult decisions. The committee received an overwhelming number of requests that we had to vet and make decisions based upon the limited information provided on the anonymized applications,” said committee chair Binion. “It became clear very early on in the process that some businesses described a greater amount of need than others, especially when we looked at how much revenue had been lost this year to date. Although it was clear that all businesses could benefit from grant money, the committee felt that giving much lower amounts to more applicants would do less good than giving higher amounts that would hopefully make a meaningful impact in the businesses.

“There is a significant amount of need in this community and many of our small businesses are suffering greatly,” he continued. “The committee wishes to highlight the need for our community to recognize that small businesses are not out of the woods yet and local support for them will continue to be needed as they continue to recover.”

According to Mayor Jan Molinaro, Enumclaw received another $40,000 in CARES Act funds on Oct. 5. However, this new pot of money came from the county’s Department of Community and Human Services, specifically the Adult Services Division, and will be used to maintain food security for the local senior population through the Enumclaw Senior Center.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Blotter bug
Black Diamond police blotter | Jan. 4 – 10

A choking child, stolen cupcakes, and parenting issues.

A female Pine Siskin, which is one of several birds irrupting from further north. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Local birds experiencing a pandemic of their own

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to put away their bird feeders for the time being.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

Courtesy photo
Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

Seattle-King County Public Health recommends users keep Naloxone on their person, just in case of overdose. File photo
King County sees spike in fatal overdose cases

42 suspected or confirmed overdose deaths were recorded between Dec. 27 and Jan. 9.

A parcel of land on Roosevelt Avenue would be developed into lots for 23 single-family homes if the city approves. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Council awards bid for roundabout in front of Enumclaw High

Also, 23 more homes could be coming to Roosevelt Avenue.

Property along Mud Mountain Road has sat vacant and unused for years. Now, a local group has come forward with a proposal for the city-owned park land. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Group proposing rehab center, public trail system on city park land

Anderson Riverview Park could get a facelift in the near future.

Former Councilman Tony Binion resigned his position immediately at the Jan. 11 meeting, while Councilman Kyle Jacobson will stay in his position until the end of the month. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Two Enumclaw council members leaving their posts

Tony Binion and Kyle Jacobson are moving outside city limits — one just to unincorporated King County, and the other a lot farther.

Most Read