Butler's small businesses receive grants

October 6, 2020 Cranberry Living

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More small businesses in Butler County have received state grants to help with the impact of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that an additional $96 million in grants have been approved for 5,373 small businesses across the state that felt the pinch during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a list that accompanied a news release from Wolf, 47 Butler County small businesses will receive a grant.

The release did not list which businesses would get funds.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of hardship for our business community, and it has been particularly difficult for Pennsylvania's small businesses to weather the economic effects of this crises,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvania's small business owners are community-focused employers and they drive our economy, so they deserve our support as we continue to navigate this public health crisis.”

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus funds. Of those CARES funds, $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.

Philadelphia County had the highest number of businesses approved for grants, at 1,239. Allegheny County saw 501 businesses approved.

Regarding counties surrounding Butler, 13 businesses were approved for grants in Armstrong, 43 in Beaver, 21 in Lawrence, 30 in Mercer, 11 in Venango, 8 in Clarion and 87 in Westmoreland.

The original round of funding in the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance was announced by Wolf in August.

In that round, 45 businesses in the county were earmarked for grants of $5,000 to $50,000.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.