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Hamilton County unveils new program to help COVID-19 impacted small businesses

Hamilton County Commissioners and community partners are announcing a new small business...
Hamilton County Commissioners and community partners are announcing a new small business navigation program for small businesses at a news conference Wednesday.
Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 9:04 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Hamilton County unveiled a new program Wednesday to help small businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Commissioners Stephanie Dumas and Denise Driehaus say “513 Small Business Assist” will provide hands-on, one-on-one support for Hamilton County small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

They were joined by local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations as they explained how the program works during a morning news conference in St. Bernard.

“We have roughly 19,000 small businesses that have 50 or fewer employees based on the latest Census information,” Dumas said.

“We know it’s been hard ties for you and Hamilton County will do all it can do to bring hope to you and this is only a dream deferred.”

Hamilton County Commission President Stephanie Dumas speaks at a news conference in St. Bernard...
Hamilton County Commission President Stephanie Dumas speaks at a news conference in St. Bernard Wednesday about a new program to help small businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.(Hamilton County, Ohio Government Facebook page)

The program could positively impact up to 2,000 small businesses in Hamilton County by the end of December.

The county is funding this program through its CARES Act money leftover, up to $500,000, Dumas said.

They also have funding available from Fifth Third Bank, JP Chase Morgan and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

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