IDA Awards COVID-19 grants to 38 local businesses

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Posted: June 16, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – The Dinwiddie County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) allocated $100,000 to support local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was designed to help reduce unemployment, support job retention, and support operational needs essential to sustaining small businesses through the pandemic.

On May 18, 2020, the IDA voted to award COVID-19 Small Business Disaster grants to 38 Dinwiddie businesses. Awards were in the amount of $5,000 or $2,500, depending on the size of the business and number of employees.

$5,000 awards are as follows:
William B. Bain Farms
Angels at Play, LLC
Brown Brothers Roofing, Inc.
The Pamplin Foundation
Dinwiddie Diner, LLC
Ragsdale Building Supply, Inc.
AFW Enterprises, LLC
Stepping Stone Academy, LLC
Sebastiano Produce, Inc.
Kaisa USA, Inc.
Wayne Cook Electric, Inc.
Joes Steak & Seafood, LLC
Guiseppe’s Pizza Italian Restaurant, LLC
VA Motorsports Park, LLC
Dhanya Grocery, LLC

$2,500 awards are as follows:
Dewitt Tire, Inc.
Southside Auger & Pole Svc, Inc.
Deborah School of Dance
Hair Design by Debra
Tee’s Beauty Boutique/Salon, LLC
Mason’s Construction Company
Dinwiddie Beauty Shop
Cockade Stables, LLC
Old Hickory Lawn & Landscapes, LLC
Jennifer Traylor Photography
Starlight Studios
Preferred Digital Systems, Inc.
Dinwiddie Barber Shop
Moody’s Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC
Khamrada’s Hope, LLC
Pamela Whitt
Nicole Claiborne Hair and Makeup
Turner Family Farms, LLC
Be Amazing, LLC
Ellis Boy Hauling, LLC
L&L Services, LLC
Old Hickory Candle Company, LLC
HCH Professional Insurance Services, LLC

Regarding the awards, IDA Chairman Jim Van Landingham stated “I am pleased with how the grant program worked out. We were able to help 38 small businesses in the County and award the maximum grant award of $2,500 for businesses with 1-5 employees, and $5,000 to businesses with 6-25 employees. Economic development is not all about attracting new businesses; it is imperative to keep the businesses we have.”

Morgan Ingram, Director of Economic Development echoed this sentiment by sharing “Small businesses are the heart of our community and that has certainly shown through during this pandemic. Our businesses have grown and evolved during this time, all while giving back to their community. We hope these grants will help them sustain operations and pay for the increased cost of doing business during these times.”

A total of $132,500 was awarded to local businesses. Dinwiddie County’s Industrial Development Authority allocated $100,000 for these awards, and the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors agreed to fund the additional $32,500. Board Chairman, Dan Lee stated “Local businesses are the heart and soul of Dinwiddie County. We appreciate this opportunity to participate in a program that provides support when it is needed the most.”

To learn more about Dinwiddie County, the Industrial Development Authority, Economic Development, and resources available to local businesses, visit www.Dinwiddieva.us.

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