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County board to hear proposal on American Rescue Plan funds for small businesses


The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Thursday will consider the question of allocating part of the county’s American Rescue Plan funding to help small businesses in the region.

The issue is part of the board’s agenda session, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 stimulus package approved in 2021. It includes provisions such as tax credits, unemployment benefit extensions, health care funding and small business grants. 

Cumberland’s ARP Committee, which includes Commissioners Jimmy Keefe, Glenn Adams and Toni Stewart, already approved a plan for a total of $811,118 in funds to be allocated among 21 businesses. The next step is for the full Board of Commissioners to hear and approve the plan to go on to its consent agenda, where it will be considered again by the full board.

The Small Business Economic Assistance Program uses ARP funds to provide up to $50,000 in financial assistance for small for-profit businesses that faced economic hardship related to the pandemic. The assistance is contingent on the businesses meeting state and federal requirements for funding as well as the execution of a contract with the county.

Applications for Phase 2 of the program were open throughout July. Out of 38 total applicants, 21 businesses were approved for grants. 

Phase 2 businesses and grant amounts include: 

Ammons Group Inc., $50,000 

Cameo Art House Theatre, $50,000

Carolina Specialties of N.C. , $50,000 

Chiraphon Brockus (Simply Better Thai), $37,350

Danielle N. Lord House of Braids and Wigs, $9,600 

Epiphany Boutique, $37,350 

Eutaw Spa, $50,000 

Fayettenam Ohana, $50,000

Glenise Lesane American Barber Shop, $30,000 

Greg Hathaway/Greg's Pottery, $30,000

KidCreate Studio, $37,350

Kamdan Cleaning Solutions, $30,000

Marion E. Wall , $50,000  

Nevers Home Healthcare Agency, $24,030 

Parks Creamery/Cold Stone Creamery, $50,000 

Precious Haven, $50,000 

St. George of Fayetteville Co./Army City Steak and Gyro, Spring Lake, $35,813 

St. Tadrous of Fayetteville Co./Army City Steak and Gyro, Fayetteville,  $32,100 

St. Bavly Inc./Great Steak, $35,025 

Stooges Inc./Latitude 35 Bar & Grill, $50,000 

Un H. Kim/Una Total Beauty, $22,500 

The county also received requests from 15 small businesses for additional funding, given that they were awarded less than the $50,000 maximum during Phase I of ARP funding and are eligible for additional funds. This program will cost a total of  $239,623. Those businesses and recommended funds include:: 

Chapmans Management Co., $20,000 

Christina Tomlin/Hidden Jewel Salon, $14,600

Cora R. Sheffield/Camille Spa & Wax Studio, $3,850 

H3 Cleaning Solutions, $20,500

Kyle Soung/Yummy Express, $10,000 

Laura J. Hardy/Hardy Group Consulting, $3,000 

LL&M Inc./Burney's Sweets and More of Fayetteville, $10,000 

Matthew Meadows/Got Chu Faded Barbershop, $9,860 

My Heavenly Sweets, $10,000 

Pierro's Italian Bistro, $27,000 

Saam's Party Tents, $30,000 

Southern Coals Inc., $15,000 

Tonya McNeill Council/Exclusive Hair Designs Salon & Spa), $13,513

Winterbloom, $2,305 

Yellow Crayons, $30,000 

ARP Committee members did not approve this funding but are asking for more information to be presented to the full Board of Commissioners. 

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday  at the Cumberland County Courthouse to consider approval of the funding, among other items

Contact Char Morrison at cmorrison@cityviewnc.com.

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