Downtown Springfield Scene in front of the Mudhouse. Two people sit out front with drinks
Downtown Springfield Scene in front of the Mudhouse (Photo by Dean Curtis)

The Greene County Commission approved 69 awards totaling $785,017 on Friday to small businesses that applied for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID-19 relief funds.

Among the recipients are popular restaurants and coffee shops, including Gilardi’s Ristorante, the Mudhouse and Riad.

Since July, the commission has approved a total of $1.9 million in ARPA funding spread among 155 small businesses throughout the county, a news release said. 

Additional applications that were submitted are still being reviewed and will be awarded later. The county uses federal ARPA guidelines to determine award eligibility, the release said. 

The county set up an online application process through which businesses had to demonstrate the impact of the pandemic and provide supporting documentation. 

Awards were also adjusted considering the size of the business, and if it received additional pandemic funds. Applications were reviewed by a nine-person Citizen Advisory Committee, the release said.

Awards went to restaurants, dental practices and other small businesses

The commission and ARPA team focused on small businesses with 50 employees or less. The average number of employees was 7.7, according to the release.

“The Commission believes that our small businesses are the foundation of our community’s economy,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in the release. “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.”

Small businesses to receive ARPA funding from Greene County include:

Albers Real Estate Group LLC — $10,000

AR Workshop — $12.500

Battlefield Pharmacy — $12,750

Bells Marketing — $6,500

Beyond Creative Health LLC —$10,000

BMC Security Services — $5,000

Brigettes Elite Wig BOutique — $8,480

Campaignium LLC — $21,750

Dental Practice Professionals — $11,750

Ed Pace & Lemaster, Furniture Refinishing — $11,250

Enrichment Alternatives — $11,000

Event Services Group LLC — $23,500

Finders Keepers — $10,000

Friga Construction Co. Inc. —$11,500

Fusion Link Communications LLC — $5,500

Galleria Dental — $14,000

General Rental Center — $31,250

Gilardi’s Ristorante — $13,500

J&K Soccer LLC — $15,000

Jamerson Millworks & Mfg. Inc. — $12,250

Meraki Salon and Co. LLC — $10,500

Millwood Golf & Racquet Club — $34,250

Monroe House LLC — $11,.500

Mudhouse Inc. —$16,750

Nicolas Ristorante — $16,250

One Of A Kind Inc. — $11,000

Photo Taker Pro — $5,500

Renegade Chemicals — $13,250

Riad Burgers and Gyros — $12,000

Rooted Soul Boutique — $6,500

Sac River Stables, LLC — $2,843

Sounds of the Harp — $5,000

Springfield PC Pros — $10,750

Studio VIE LLC — $12,500

Suited Notary — $6,000

The App Pros — $13,500

The Body Studio LLC — $11,000

The Mystery Hour LLC — $10,000

The Tin Ceiling Event, Venue & Mercantile LLC — $10,250

Walnut Valley Farms — $5,250

Where Families Grow LLC — $12,000

White Orthodontic Lab LLC — $6,625

Apt Crowd LLC — $5,000

As You Like It Catering Inc. — $15,500

Barnes, Kingsley — $5,000

Big Pixl LLC — $25,500

Clinvest Research LLC — $19,000

Conservatory of the Ozarks — $6,200

Dewater LLC — $5,000

Drain Pro Plumbing — $11,500

Factory Outlet & Elec. Service — $6,757

Hargrove Counseling LLC — $10,500

Haseltine Estate Events LLC — $10,000

House of Vacuums Inc. — $9,619

Little Grins Dental LLC — $13,500

Master’s Touch Color & Design — $5,000

Michelle Porter Healing — $4,350

Multiprinting — $11,000

Net Source LLC — $5,000

Paragon Architecture LLC — $18,500

Pepe Production LLC — $11,000

Phillips Engraving Co. — $3,643

Platos Closet — $15,750

Quick Cash — $10,500

Screamin Eagle Investigations — $5,000

The Habit Coffee Company LLC — $11,750

The Travel Group LLC — $11,750

Theta Float Spa — $11,500

Uptown Pizza House — $16,500

Greene County has received a total of $56.9 million in ARPA funds.

Due to the large number of applications this cycle, the commission is currently reevaluating how many future rounds of funding will be needed, the release said. About $8 million has been allocated for small business ARPA applications.

The ARPA application period for nonprofits is now open until September 14. Organizations can begin the process at arp.greenecountymo.gov.

All Greene County ARPA funds must be allocated by Dec. 31, 2024. All projects funded by the County must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026. 

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Springfield Daily Citizen. She covers housing, homelessness, domestic violence and early childhood, among other public affairs issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald