Rhonda Silence

Chamber announces State of Minnesota business relief funding

Cook County Chamber Director Jim Boyd recently announced that business relief grants up to $7,500 will be available in the coming weeks to Cook County businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) is overseeing the grant applications process.
Decisions on which businesses receive the grants will be made by committee members Mary Somnis, EDA executive director; James Joerke, Cook County administrator; Pat Campanaro of the Northland Small Business Development Center and Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber.

County Administrator Joerke said the granting emphasis in Cook County will be on providing relief to small businesses that have received less previous state and federal aid while also losing more of their anticipated 2020 income.

The application period opened last Friday and runs until noon, Jan. 22.

To learn more, or to find the application and instructions for this grant program visit the “Programs and Projects” tab on the EDA website.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Jim Boyd about the grants and the application process. Here’s their conversation.