Main Street Grayson wants to give small businesses a BOOST!

The City of Grayson is looking for people with a passion for investing in the community. Community Development and Main Street Grayson Director Gail Lane sent out the following press release about Grayson’s new BOOST program.

Photo by Jeremy Coleman.

Photo by Jeremy Coleman.

Grayson knows that what most business owners need more than anything is a little bit of support. Whether that includes people eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores, or just passing along a positive post on social media. Main Street Grayson wants to do more.

We want to give our small business owners a little bump … a positive nudge … a BOOST!

A new investment group is forming that will provide grant money to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Grayson.

The concept is simple.

We want to get together a group of investors who have an interest in the success of Grayson’s businesses and can contribute a minimum of $100 twice a year. The money will go into a fund housed with Main Street Grayson. Investors are asked for a two-year commitment of $400 over two years. That’s $400 that will directly impact small businesses in Grayson.

Our goal is attract enough investors to award grants quarterly. In our inaugural year – 2016 – we hope to award two sets of grants: one in June and one in December. There is no limit on the number of investors and if an investor wants to contribute more than $200 per year … BRING IT ON!

Business owners may apply for grants quarterly for amounts made in increments of $100 with a maximum award of $1,000. The investors will meet to review the grant requests and make the awards. Grants will be made for things such as signage, equipment, or marketing needs. A full list of eligible requests will be listed on the grant form once our investors agree on the range of awards.

We would love for you to join us as a Charter Member of Grayson BOOST.

An informational meeting is planned for Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in the Grayson Senior Center at 6:00 p.m. Please let us know if you would like to attend – we’ll send out a notice prior to the meeting just to remind all of our great businesses and potential investors.

Until then, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gail Lane at (770) 963-8017 or at communitydevelopment@cityofgrayson.org. Information is also available under the Main Street Grayson page of the city’s website.

Suggested eligible and ineligible uses for BOOST Grants:

Eligible Uses:

  • Signage
  • Equipment
  • Marketing/advertising needs
  • Interior/exterior renovations

Ineligible Uses:

  • Payroll
  • Operational expenses
  • Insurance
  • Rent

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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