LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Business owner James Stella said he’s had numerous sleepless nights worrying about his gym business, Kaizen CrossFit, which was closed for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve been in business here since 2008. Born and raised here and this is the toughest time I’ve ever gone through with the business,” he said.
He was one of 500 small businesses that received a grant funding from two different Clark County programs. The money came from federal CARES Act dollars. To date, the county has given out $2 million to small business owners.
County Commissioner Michael Naft announced the return of the grant program Tuesday morning in a news conference saying additional funds — as much as $10,000 — are available to small businesses impacted by coronavirus.
“We thought one of the best things we could do with these federal allocation funds was help small business owners in bridging the gap,” Naft said. “These are not loans, they are grants so they don’t have to be paid back.”
It was the lifeline Stella needed.
“With those funds he is able to pay the rent, helping his landlord, he’s able to pay his employees, helping them put food on the table and he’s able to keep his business up and running,” Naft said.
Stella said the application process was easy and encourages other small businesses who have financially suffered to reach out for the help.
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