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A second round of state aid for small businesses is opening up to applications soon, but some small business owners say they won’t see much help from it. The Evers administration announced the second round of “We’re All In” grants last Tuesday. Applications for the program open Monday and run through Nov. 2.
The program provides $5,000 grants to about 10,000 small businesses in Wisconsin. It’s targeting businesses that have been among the hardest hit during the outbreak, like restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons, and barber shops.
The new grants are double the size of the $2,500 grants offered in the first round of the program, which was announced in May. Approximately 27,000 small businesses across the state received funding under the initial round, according to Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Missy Hughes.
Maria Ngyuen is the manager and co-owner of Lavender Natural Nails in Green Bay. Ngyuen said business has been slow, and the salon’s income has taken a hit.
“Normally, I would do 10 or 12 people a day, but now it’s like three,” she said, comparing a normal day’s business at a salon she worked at prior to the pandemic to business at her new salon that she opened in July.
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