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Hundreds Of Columbus-Area Small Businesses Receive Funding

About 850 small businesses in central Ohio have received more than $8.3 million from the Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund. 

Officials launched the fund in June using CARES Act dollars to help businesses affected by the pandemic. Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther provided a breakdown of the recipients. 

"84% of them have five or fewer employees," Ginther said. "80% are minority-owned businesses. 43% are women-owned businesses. The fund provided financial assistance to small businesses throughout the community, some in low or median income areas of the city or county, in three ways: recovery grants, small business return safely grants and pivot loans. All are to help sustain existing business operations and aid in job retention."

Officials are continuing to review the applications to distribute the roughly $2 million remaining in the fund.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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