Area businesses benefit from small business grants

Several well-known businesses in Sanilac and St. Clair Counties have benefited from $15,000 survival grants from the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program. According to a press release issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office yesterday (Wednesday), $55 million was allocated to small businesses across the state to alleviate financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Sanilac County, 243 jobs were retained or rehired at businesses including The Sandusky Family Diner–formerly the Sandusky Big Boy, Lakeview Hills Country Club, Camp Cavell Conservancy, and several other restaurants and businesses. In St. Clair COunty, 513 jobs were retained or rehired, with businesses such as the Roche Bar, The Raven Cafe, and many others taking advantage of the grant. To be eligible for the grant, businesses had to meet requirements such as having under 100 employees, and being in an industry affected by the pandemic.