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LIHU‘E — Small Business Boost grants of $7,500 bring temporary relief to business owners all over Kaua‘i as they find ways to stay afloat through the pandemic.
The county established the Small Business Boost grant with $5 million of federal funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant. Participating credit unions manage the funds.
In the heart of Poipu, Da Crack, a quick-serve Mexican food eatery, can be seen, on any given day, serving up their famous burritos to a long line of visitors and residents.
Daniel Hurtado, owner of Da Crack, was relieved to recieve a grant.
“I believe I speak for 90% of the businesses that got this grant on Kaua‘i,” Hurtado said. “It will definitely help my business, and I am very grateful to be a recipient of the grant. But for the majority of businesses on Kaua‘i with employees and/or lease commercial locations, it will be spent very quickly.
“Some won’t even cover one month’s worth of basic utilities, like rent and electricity. I believe if tourism continues to be closed, both interisland and mainland travel, a lot of businesses won’t make it out of this pandemic without additional …
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