Grayson BOOST Awards Grants to Small Businesses

Lalit Patel and staff with Grayson’s Mayor Allison Wilkerson, City Administrator Laura Cone, and Community Development Director Gail Lane.

Lalit Patel and staff with Grayson’s Mayor Allison Wilkerson, City Administrator Laura Cone, and Community Development Director Gail Lane.

Throughout the spring and summer, Main Street Grayson representatives put together a board of community investors that included individuals and citizens, business owners, and civic organizations. Business owners licensed in the City of Grayson were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to give them the boost they might need to set themselves apart from their competitors or take their business to the next level of success.

In late July, Grayson’s BOOST Investors met to review applications and make grant determinations. Two local entrepreneurs were awarded their grant requests in full in August: Lalit Patel with Subway-Grayson and Gloria Ross-Lacey with Stride-To-Strive Childcare.

Subway-Grayson was awarded $1,000 for equipment updates, allowing the popular lunch and dinner destination to better serve its customers.

Stride-To-Strive Childcare Staff accepting check.

Stride-To-Strive Childcare Staff accepting check.

Stride-To-Strive Childcare was awarded $811.47 for interactive floor carpets which will further academic enrichment and encourage creativity among its students during center activities.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of Grayson’s economy,” said Grayson’s Mayor Allison Wilkerson.  “This type of grass roots fundraising strengthens us as a community while assisting small businesses in their endeavors.”

Grayson BOOST program administrators are seeking additional investors to fund initiatives for a second round of grants to be awarded in December, 2016.

If you would like information on how to become an investor or how the program works, please contact Gail Lane at communitydevelopment@cityofgrayson.org.

Main Street Grayson’s mission is to connect our community through growth, opportunities, and the preservation of businesses, families, and individuals.

 

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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