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Grants available for small businesses in Orange County

By Larry Holt

The Orange Leader

 

Jessica Hill of Orange County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced starting at 9 a.m. on October 23 until 4 p.m. November 3, 2017, the EDC will accept completed applications from small for-profit businesses located anywhere within Orange County.

Qualifying businesses will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts on a first come basis.

Commissioner Jody Crump said, “This is a snooze, you lose proposition.”

Hill clarified, “The first 40 applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Additional applications received after the first 40 will be placed on a waiting list pending availability of subsequent funding.”

Applications will be available for download on October 11, 2017 at www.orangecountyedc.com/harvey-disaster-recovery/.

Applicant businesses may also pick up applications in person at their local Chamber of Commerce, local City Hall, Lamar University Small Business Development Center and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.

In other business, Judge Stephen Brint Carlton said he and Commissioner Barry Burton met this morning with Senator Ted Cruz and voiced concerns regarding the federal governments mitigation assistance post Hurricane Harvey.

Senator Cruz pledged his support and continuing efforts to make the process of recovery on a federal level as smooth as possible and to reduce or eliminate red-tape that impedes progress.

Carlton said he believes the meeting was a productive one and will continue to engage with State and Federal officials on issues related to making progress with recovery efforts in Orange County.

Commissioner Burton added Senator Cruz informed the group that President Trump signed legis