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Hamilton County Launches New Round Of Small Business Grants

Brian Ross founder of Cincinnati Brewing Company
Hamilton County
Brian Ross, founder of Cincinnati Brewing Company in Lockland, received a small-business grant from one of the previous rounds of funding.

Small businesses in Hamilton County can apply for grants up to $10,000 starting Sept. 16. It's the third round of small business grants funded by the CARES Act federal stimulus.

Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas says although the first two rounds helped nearly 800 businesses, there's still a lot of need.

"Small businesses are our very fabric of America," Summerow Dumas said.

Of the businesses funded so far:

  • 47% are minority-owned (371)
  • 48% are women-owned (385)
  • 5% are veteran-owned (41)

Brian Ross is one of the veterans to receive a grant for his business, Cincinnati Brewing Company in Lockland. He says operating during the pandemic was brutal.
"Still have to pay rent, still have to pay utilities," Ross said. "And although folks were understanding, at some point you gotta pay 'em."

Businesses who were funded in the first two rounds are still eligible for a grant in the third round; receiving a federal grant also doesn't disqualify a local business. A total $4.1 million will be available.

"This is a grant, so you don't have to worry about paying it back," said Commission Vice President Alicia Reece. "This is a grant for you to help you bounce back in these very difficult times."

The application is streamlined this time around. All you need to apply is a government-issued ID, business tax returns for 2019 and 2020, and proof that your business is in Hamilton County.

Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, Sept. 16. The deadline to apply is Oct. 4.

More information on how to apply is at 513relief.org.

Map of Hamilton County small business grant recipients.
Hamilton County
A map of Hamilton County small business grant recipients.

Becca Costello grew up in Williamsburg and Batavia (in Clermont County) listening to WVXU. Before joining the WVXU newsroom, she worked in public radio & TV journalism in Bloomington, Indiana and Lincoln, Nebraska. Becca has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including from local chapters of the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to regional and national Murrow Award winners. Becca has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Becca's dog Cincy (named for the city they once again call home) is even more anxious than she is.