The Surry County Hometown Revitalization Grant winners were selected from a multitude of applications submitted by Surry County businesses. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees were invited to submit a submission detailing how they had pivoted their business plans due to the pandemic.
The Duke Energy Foundation aimed to help local small businesses through targeted micro-grants. Submissions were received from a wide range of business types, including restaurants, retail operations, service industries and small manufacturers. The Duke Energy Foundation awarded local grants totaling $750,000 statewide to help businesses, which is a 50% increase over the previous year.
“We were amazed by the number and quality of applications, so we decided to increase the foundation’s commitment and help even more communities bounce back,” said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina.
“The grant program will help offset the costs our businesses have incurred to modify their day-to-day operations to stay open and provide much-needed services to our communities,” said Todd Tucker of the Surry County Economic Development Foundation.
Twenty winners have been selected and will each receive a prize of $1,250 of the total grant amount of $25,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation. This grant can be used to help pay for expenses related to challenges presented by the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Small businesses have changed their operations to reopen, stay open, or find new ways to keep customers and staff safe.
“Many small businesses in Surry County continue to face challenges as we navigate this pandemic,” Tucker said of the pressure small businesses are feeling. “We had many qualified applicants applying for the grant. I wish we had more money to distribute to our small businesses here in Surry County.
When asked how the program would benefit businesses in Surry County, Leslie Schlender, Economic Development Manager for the Town of Elkin, explained, “There were a number of quality demands that needed to be addressed. account for Elkin, Pilot Mountain, Dobson, Mount Airy and Surry. County. The Hometown Revitalization Grant Program will support Elkin businesses that have been selected, and funds will be used for improvements and expansion needs helping our businesses rebound and meet the challenges of the pandemic.
“I want to thank Duke Energy for the Hometown grant program and kudos to SCEDP for the application process. These funds will help so many businesses affected by the pandemic. said Randy Collins, president of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Harden, Principal of Surry Community College Small Business Center, said, “The Surry Community College Small Business Center would like to recognize and commend the Surry County Economic Development Foundation for partnering with Duke Energy to provide grants to small businesses in Surry County. . These grants help local businesses pivot and overcome COVID-related challenges. Small local businesses are so important to our communities. They provide local jobs, products, services and tax revenue. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Mark Harden was one of ten selection committee members who assisted in the grant selection process. Every community in Surry County was represented in this process, and small businesses from across Surry County were selected to receive grant funds.
The Surry County Hometown Revitalization Grant was a one-time grant awarded by the Duke Energy Foundation to help small businesses facing operating challenges during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Payroll, rent or utilities were not eligible to be included in the subsidy program. However, support for small businesses for window dressing projects has been considered. Details of the program’s application stated: “COVID-19 recovery projects will be prioritized.”
The Surry County Economic Development Partnership, Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce and local communities marketed the program and encouraged applications through the end of the year.
The Duke Energy Hometown Grant recipients were:
• Central Accounting • Tri-County Insurance • Little Italy • Yadkin Valley General Store • Southern Eats (Southern on Main) • Greenhouse Towers • Stanley Heating & Air Conditioning • Haze Gray Vineyards • Yadkin Valley Cabinet Company • Cabeland Farm • Cousin Gary’s Family Restaurant • Blue Mountain Herbs • Yadkin Valley Tea Trade • ShuCru Cleaning Services • State of Graze • Creative Designs • Paradise Games • Industrial Fire and Safety • Mayberry Takeout
Yadkin Valley General Store
Southern Cuisine (Southern on Main)
Stanley Heating and Air Conditioning
Haze Gray Vineyards
Yadkin Valley Cabinet Company
Cousin Gary’s Family Restaurant
Blue Mountain Herbs
Yadkin Valley tea trade
ShuCru Cleaning Services
Fire and industrial safety
Mayberry to go
• Central accounting
• Tri-County Insurance
• Little Italy
• Yadkin Valley General Store
• Southern Cuisine (Southern on Main)
• Greenhouse towers
• Stanley heating and air conditioning
• Haze Gray Vineyards
• Yadkin Valley Cabinet Company
• Cabeland Farm
• Cousin Gary’s family restaurant
• Blue Mountain Herbs
• Yadkin Valley tea trade
• ShuCru Cleaning Services
• State of pasture
• Creative designs
• Paradise Games
• Fire and industrial safety
• Mayberry to go