The Back to Business grant program distributed $19.2 million this month among 1,399 small businesses affected by Covid. This report outlines how the program worked and includes a list of every small business that received a grant. That list begins on page 30.
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I grew up the daughter of a steelworker in North Tonawanda. I've been a business reporter for The News since 2008 and write the Discount Diva column, which appears in every Sunday's paper.
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In Erie County, 1,399 companies shared $19.2 million in Back to Business grants earlier this month using funds from the federal CARES Act.
The closings reflect the challenges small businesses face amid the pandemic – particularly restaurants, which aren't allowed to host indoor diners in much of Erie County, due to state restrictions.