Elk Grove businesses receive $70,000 in grants to offset permit fees – Sacramento Business Journal – Sacramento Business Journal

A new program created by Elk Grove’s Office of Economic Development recently selected seven small businesses to award a total of $70,000 in grants to help offset permit fees.
The Small Business Permit Assistance program was launched in July and is intended to assist either new or expanding businesses with upfront capital needed to obtain planning or building permits through the city and other approvals required to begin construction or renovations.
“A lot of times, small businesses need investment to start up. Sometimes they get SBA loans, sometimes they save up or have partners to get that initial investment,” said Rachael Brown, economic development manager for Elk Grove. “Each grant is worth up to $10,000, and we got to that number because we did some research and found the average cost of tenant improvement permits is below that. We thought if we could help cover some of these costs, it would really show we want businesses to open up here and that we’ll help them with their ideas.”
The first round of grantees included bookstore A Seat at the Table, Sprinkles on Top frozen yogurt and dessert shop, Skarkey’s Cuts for Kids, Flatland Brewing, The UPS Store, Armaan’s Palace Event Hall, and taproom 31 Tap.
“As we build out our first physical location, which includes a bookstore, cafe, play area, conference and coworking space, and quiet room, we are honored to receive this grant that supports small business development in Elk Grove,” said Emily Autenrieth, owner of independent bookstore A Seat at the Table, in a news release.
Businesses must have fewer than 20 employees, generate less than $3 million in annual revenue and be located in a commercial space in Elk Grove to be eligible for the grant funding. Both nonprofits and for-profits are eligible to apply.
Brown said the application process has been streamlined to make it easier on small business owners to apply, and the process is flexible to allow for a wide variety of business types.
She said it is a rolling program and grants will be issued on an ongoing basis as more small businesses apply.
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