Jackson County

Jackson County Chamber has money to help your small business

The Southern Belles Like Big Bows boutique on Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula is getting a facelift thanks to the Facade Grant program with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by corporations in the area to help small businesses.
The Southern Belles Like Big Bows boutique on Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula is getting a facelift thanks to the Facade Grant program with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by corporations in the area to help small businesses. klnelson@sunherald.com

Businesses with 50 or fewer employees in Jackson County still have time to apply for a $2,500 business support grant.

The Jackson County Chamber will issue five of them Oct. 25 at the Annual Chamber Membership Meeting. Deadline is Thursday and applications are online at the Chamber of Commerce website. Nine businesses have applied, so there is room for more applications, chamber officials said Tuesday.

The grants can be used for any form of marketing — websites, storefront improvements, improvements to customer areas, display.

Chamber Executive Director Carla Todd said that in the past, the grants have been used for a trade-show booth by an industrial supplier, a counter redesign at a cafe, exercise equipment and business signs.

“They can be used for anything that promotes sales,” Todd said.

Also for small businesses, the chamber’s facade grants are wrapping up for this round of awards with Southern Belles Like Big Bows boutique painting its front on Krebs Avenue purple. Also receiving facade improvement money this round were Off The Hook restaurant, Rovira Real Estate, Gautier Automotive and Changing Seasons.

The chamber has issued more than 45 grants since 2012, awarded through the Small Business Grant and Façade Grant programs. The grants are from corporate contributions of companies interested in the growth and development of the business community in Jackson County.

For details, 762-3391 or newsletter@jcchamber.com.

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