Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar, a staple of the Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, received $19,500 in American Rescue Plan Act funding passed through the Greene County Commission and announced Sept. 20, 2022. (Photo from Facebook)

Forty-nine Greene County businesses will get money to stay afloat and pay their employees as they continue recovering from the economic symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Greene County Commission announced a fourth round of funding awards for small businesses that applied for relief through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This round of funding, announced Sept. 20, is $515,455. It brings the total amount of money the Greene County Commission has passed along to 204 small businesses to almost $2.46 million since July 26.

Businesses had to apply for the funding during a six-week application period from April 20-May 31. A nine-member ARPA review committee checked each application and made recommendations to the Greene County Commission for approval or partial approval. Business owners and managers had to provide documentation to support their need for relief in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated public health and safety orders.

“The commission believes that our small businesses are the foundation of our community’s economy,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said. “They employ our citizens and pay taxes which fund vital services. It made sense to make small business relief a cornerstone of our recovery efforts.”

The funding is geared toward businesses with 50 or fewer employees, with an average of 7.7 employees per company that received money so far.

Greene County received a total of $8 million in small business recovery funding. The commission is evaluating how many more funding announcements will be made in the months to come, “due to the large number of applications this cycle,” according to a statement from the Greene County Commission.

All of the funding Greene County receives from ARPA must be allocated by Dec. 31, 2024, and all money from ARPA must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026, according to the federal law.

Small businesses to receive ARPA funding
from Greene County

Corp and Legal Reproductions, LLC — $11,250

Georgia Mac’s — $13,250

Healthy Weight Supermarket — $10,000

Midwest Exterior Products, LLC — $11,500

Robert W. Nunn, DDS — $12,250

Tony Taylor Insurance Agency — $10,250

Database Systems of Spfld, Inc. — $11,750

Godzchld Daycare — $500

Institute of Botanical Training — $5,750

NVR Auto — $10,500

Salyers Transcription — $5,000

Top Tier Homes, LLC — $15,750

English Apparel and Promotional Materials — $12,250

Great Outdoors Studios, Inc. — $12,000

Karma Salon — $9,300

Park East Market, LLC — $12,000

Sumit’s Hot Yoga — $12,250

Advantage Insurance Services — $3,100

Dz9Nr, LLC — $10,500

Goose Creek Publishing Co., LLC — $11,750

International Division, Inc. — $15,750

Opfer Communications, Inc. — $15,000

Sierk, Justin — $4,800

XFit, LLC — $12,500

Essential Yoga Studio, LLC — $12,000

Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar — $19,500

Marlin Incent, LLC — $10,750

Pizza Ranch Restaurant — $23,750

The Pitch Pizza and Pub — $15,750

Allchecks, Inc. — $5,000

Ely’s Barber and Style, LLC — $10,000

Gracie Lous Trends — $5,000

John’s Suit Shop — $10,750

Palisades Stone — $7,500

Stuart, Denise — $5,000

Ace Automotive — $10,500

Cooper’s Clippers Barbershop — $8,800

Four Paws Salon, LLC — $5,600

Headline Productions, LLC — $15,500

Mid-State Support, LLC — $6,500

Red Star Mowing — $5,000

The Studio — $10,000

Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders — $17,000

Enviro-Serve of the Ozarks — $6,700

H Design Group, LLC — $20,500

Loving Real Estate, Michelle Hutton — $5,000

Peapod Learning Center, LLC — $15,500

Suntastic Tanning Center, Inc. — $12,500

All Dudes and Divas Salon, LLC — $2,405

Rance Burger

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