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Hamilton City Council to consider $300K in small business stimulus

The City of Hamilton is proposing funding a $300,000 emergency grant to the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation in response to the economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The HEDC is a non-profit economic development corporation that has been serving the City of Hamilton community for more than 40 years. The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will be accessing those grant funds in order to administer local stimulus program.

The measure is set to go before Hamilton City Council this coming Wednesday.

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The program will support the city’s small local businesses with large advanced purchases of gift cards to be sold to the public. Aimed at small restaurant, retail, and service establishments, small businesses interested in the program can apply using this form.

The application will be open through 1 p.m. Tuesday A selection committee will review all applicants and may request additional information. The selection committee shall determine, whether an application meets the eligibility criteria to participate in the grant program

The gift cards will then be available for purchase for the general public. City officials said details about how to purchase one of the cards is forthcoming.

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