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Quincy business owners to receive more CURES grant funds

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy received $50,000 from the state's CURES Support Program Grant to hand out to 14 businesses in the city.

For some business owners in Quincy the pandemic gave their business a boost.

"There were some high points when people were staying at home and working on projects," Ted Johnson, the owner of Classic Colors and Johnson Painting and Decorating said.

For Johnson, it was a boost that did not last very long.

"And then it turned around and ended up being, people died off after they got the initial start. You know how that works," Johnson said.

He applied for money from the state's COVID-19 relief fund, called CURES, and received $2,500 for each business he runs.

"Both of them were used for wages for the employees so it went directly to the employees," Johnson said.

He said it is enough to cover two to two and half weeks of wages, money that will help fill the gaps.

He only received half of the money he was supposed to receive the first time, all because he owns two businesses.

Now he is getting another injection of funds, the other half of the money he was supposed to receive, which will be going right to his workers again.

"It is important," Johnson said, "I mean it is helpful to the employees, as far as keeping them working the whole time and it's helpful to the company and stuff that employ those people as far as taking a little worry off their backs to keep people employed."

In all, 14 businesses in Quincy are getting help through this latest round of funding.

That is in addition to the 107 businesses that already received help.

City officials said they will distribute the $50,000 from reserves and wait to be reimbursed by the state.

They said they do not have a date yet as to when those funds will go out.

Business owners receiving the funds they need to keep their employees working and their doors open.


$500,000 in grant funding available for Quincy small businesses

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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