As of Oct. 10, 40 Lebanon County businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic had received $690,000 in COVID-19 Relief Small Business Assistance Grants through the Pennsylvania Community Development Financial Institutions Network (CDFI).

The grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Statewide, $225 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money is being funneled through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to the CDFI Network, which hands out the grants directly to small businesses needing relief.

These grants are separate from the $12.8 million of CARES Act money received by Lebanon County pursuant to an August settlement reached with the administration of Governor Thomas Wolf.

CDFI is a public-private partnership between the federal government and local financial institutions. The CDFI serving Lebanon County is Community First Fund of Lancaster & Lebanon Counties.

These Lebanon County businesses received grants:

$50,000 grants (2): Schwalm’s Restaurant, Cleona; Sookie Active, Inc. Lebanon.

$35,000 grants (3): Downtown Lounge, Lebanon; Country Cupboard, Lebanon; Lush Lacquer Nail & Hair Bar, Palmyra.

$25,000 grants (8): A-n-P Wireless, Lebanon; South China Buffet 1, Lebanon; America’s Best Value Inn, Palmyra; Gary’s Bar, Palmyra; Noah & Company Daycare, Fredericksburg; U-Turn Salon, Palmyra; Your Finishing Touch, Myerstown; Mohit Corporation, Palmyra.

$20,000 grants (7): Bridget Cole Rhapsody in Bloom, Palmyra; Hairs To You, Lebanon; Jireh Fashion, Inc., Lebanon; Javi Restaurant LLC., Lebanon; 1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast, Palmyra; Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown; Willow House Tavern, Lebanon.

$15,000 grants (2): His & Hers Cuts, Jonestown; New York Style Barber Shop, Lebanon.

$10,000 grants (5): Castillo Multiservices, Lebanon; Gifts Collection, Lebanon; Nail Creations, Palmyra; SB Nails of Palmyra, Palmyra; Evolution Barbell, Myerstown.

$5,000 grants (13): 5 Seasons Acupuncture, Palmyra; Comforting Hands Chiropractic, Lebanon; Cupeles Designs, Lebanon; Sweet Valley Shoppes, Annville; Denise R Wolfe, Newmanstown; Genesis Nails, Lebanon; Hair Creations by Tanya, Lebanon; Horses and Healing, Annville; JWJ Solutions, Lebanon; Linda Sweigart Daycare, Lebanon; Primitive Haus, Myerstown; Rose’s Classy Look, Lebanon; Ice Cream Express, Palmyra.

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...


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