Thursday, September 15, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – On Monday, September 14, 2016 five of the 14 small businesses eligible for the Hurricane Isaac Small Business Loan and Grant Program received their funding allocations during a check presentation at the Percy Hebert Building.
Awards were granted to small businesses who completed the application process and were deemed eligible for assistance to fully recover from damages or losses suffered as a result of Hurricane Isaac. St. John Parish President Natalie Robottom and her Administrative staff, St. John Grants Administrator Myra Valentine, Economic Development Director Jerry Jones, Economic Development Chairman Peggy Joseph, Economic Development Committee Member Michelle Jenkins, and South Central Planning and Development Commission Representative Cullen Curole were on hand for the presentation.
Businesses who received funding include: Advanced Marketing & Promotions, LLC, Chatmon Construction, LLC, Down Home Creole Cookin, E&L Construction and J.E.S Construction, LLC. Parish President Robottom presented the five businesses with their monetary award and applauded them for their resiliency and patience. “We are very pleased to make these check presentations today and encourage you to continue to grow and take advantage of all the small business programs we offer as a Parish,” said Parish President Robottom to the business owners. Grant Administrator Myra Valentinae added, “Thank you for your patience and determination during the protracted grant application process and I’m looking forward to continuing to work together.”
In 2013, St. John Parish was awarded $32 million in grant funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Program with a portion being used for grants/loans to business owners directly affected from Hurricane Isaac. Through the program, funding was available as a 20% grant and 80% low interest loan to purchase equipment, inventory and/or to provide working capital associated with operations and recovery. Applicants that met all of the criteria were accepted.
Wayne Vicknair with Advanced Marketing & Promotions commended all involved on a successful program. “Advanced Marketing & Promotions was very fortunate to receive this funding from St. John the Baptist Parish. Our belief is that if money like this is lent to local businesses, which in most cases spend that money locally, it will not only help our business succeed, but many others as well. We are grateful to St. John the Baptist Parish and the South Central Planning & Development Commission for having enough faith in our company to award us this loan/grant and for investing in our business community.” Michael Chatmon with Chatmon Construction added, “I am very grateful to the Parish for this opportunity and for all of the assistance they provided with helping my business recover and move forward.” Additional allocations will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks.