Thursday, July 08, 2021

NorCo Small Businesses Can Apply for Second Round Now

Are you a Northampton County small business that failed to apply for a Covid relief grant from the County? If so, you can do so now. Northampton County Council has set aside $15 million in federal money awarded under the American Rescue Plan. 

To qualify, you must (1) have a business located in Northampton County; (2) with fewer than 100 employees; and (3) did not receive a grant in the previous rounds of funding.

So far,nearly 1,000 county small businesses have received grants of up to $15,000. 

The money received can be used for rent, payroll or other operating expenses. 

Executive Lamont McClure proposed this spending plan to Council, and they quickly agreed.  “Many of our small businesses are still feeling the economic fallout from the pandemic,” said McClure. “Small businesses are a critical economic driver in Northampton County, providing both jobs and services our residents need.”

As with the previous rounds of grants, the program will be administered by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I know that they spent hours working with nonmembers who can barely speak English.

Tony Iannelli, who is the chief cheerleader for Lehigh Valley business, thanked McClure and Council, noting their program "has literally kept many businesses alive.” 

Hey if it's business, it matters. 

Applications are due by August 31, 2021. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per business.

The application form can be found on the DCED and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce websites:


Anonymous said...

Socialism to the rescue.
The grants will help those businesses that did take a big hit.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'd call it a hand up to capitalists who struggled as a result of what Wolf did.

Anonymous said...

Or Privatize profits and Socialize losses.
No doubt small business got hurt so help is needed.
BTW who would have run a shutdown that everyone would accept and be happy with?
The small business folks that openly defied the shutdown?
The I don't care if the pandemic gets worse as long as I make money crowd?
No matter who ran the shutdown it would have been a mess