Mentor Bridge the Hole staff retention program established to start for little corporations hurt by pandemic | Lake County

Mentor is launching its new system to help nearby corporations this month.

The Mentor Tiny Small business Employee Retention — or Bridge the Gap — Application is for companies influenced by the pandemic.

The method supplies grant money to Mentor-dependent corporations that keep or make a minimal-to-average cash flow placement as described by the U.S. Section of Housing and Urban Development.

“We refer to this as the ‘Bridge the Gap’ financial loan mainly because it is intended to enable smaller companies keep afloat involving now and when the economic climate completely reopens, and usual company routines return,” explained Town Manager Ken Filipiak. “The town is significantly concerned with retaining tiny businesses — which obviously have been the most susceptible for the duration of the pandemic — mainly because they are such a critical ingredient in the range of our regional overall economy.”

Other eligibility needs involve acquiring three to 40 staff members and remaining open throughout the pandemic. Qualifying organizations can get a maximum reimbursement of $1,000 as a result of the method.

“The town of Mentor has continually explored new avenues to guide our small business community with the devastating issues offered by the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned Mentor Economic Advancement Director Kevin Malecek. “The Bridge the Hole grant program provides Group Improvement Block Grant dollars to smaller corporations impacted by COVID-19, but at the same time equipped to create or retain jobs for these people with lower-to-reasonable incomes.

“It’s one more way the city has tried out to move up and do what we can to supply resources to our enterprise spine.”

The money threshold for the worker/position is $42,600 per calendar year, as outlined by HUD.

Town Council past thirty day period handed a resolution authorizing amending the CDBG Annual Action Program to use CARES Act cash for the new plan. The city obtained an added allocation of CDBG pounds by way of the CARES Act, totaling almost $200,000.

This is in addition to the city’s Smaller Organization Restart Plan, which was established a year ago with the initial round of CDBG CARES resources, totaling $94,411. Around an additional $100,000 was included from unspent cash in previous several years.

That system provides a $500 reimbursement for hire or home finance loan payments built on or just after May well 1, 2020, for companies with much less than 25 employees.

The city has received additional than 100 purposes for the Restart system and disbursed payments to about 80 institutions, such as hair salons, boutiques and specialty retailers, eating places and much more.

The Bridge the Hole Plan is managed by means of the Mentor Organizing and Enhancement Office. The software variety is posted at and can be submitted for thought by way of e mail after 9 a.m., April 23.

Apps submitted prior to that time will not be acknowledged. Purposes will be reviewed, confirmed and money distributed on a initial-arrive, initial-served basis.

“We’ve been given a few calls and e-mails about the application,” Malecek reported.

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