Five Franklin County Businesses Receive $389,000 in CARES Act Funding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 16, 2022
Contact: Russ Kinyon, Director of Economic Development
FIVE FRANKLIN COUNTY BUSINESSES RECEIVE $389,000 IN CARES ACT FUNDING
Funding secured by Franklin County will help businesses prepare, prevent and respond to pandemics.
Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Legislature and Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) announced a total of $389,000 in funding assistance to five small businesses. The funding will help these businesses build back stronger from the pandemic and will help create or retain five jobs.
The CARES Small Business Assistance Program is funded through Federal CARES Act funds awarded to Franklin County. FCEDC administers the program on behalf of the County. The purpose of the funds is to help small businesses to prepare, prevent or respond to the current or future pandemics. Funds are intended to help restore equity lost through pandemic impacts and improve business resiliency for the future.
Don Dabiew, Chair of the Franklin County Legislature said, “We care about our small businesses and saw the opportunity to access these one-time funds to provide assistance to businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. We wish these businesses success and will continue to find ways to support our small business community.”
FCEDC Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Evans said, “We are pleased to administer these funds on behalf of Franklin County. It is rewarding to work with our small businesses and help them rebound from the pandemic and become more resilient. We will continue to work with the county to secure funding to support Franklin County businesses with their start-up and expansion needs.”
Max Nason of Happy Camping RV said, “We are very grateful to Franklin County for these funds. They will help us recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and enable us to take our business to the next level and provide valuable services to the region that will support tourism and recreation.”
ROUND 1 AWARDS
CARPE INSECTAE ⟩ Saranac Lake
⟩ Carpe Insectae produces ‘all-natural’ essential oil-based products that repel ticks, mosquitos, black flies, gnats, no-see-ums, chiggers and more including their pet brand “NoBugz” and partner brand Bye Bye Black Fly. They also private label products under other brands.
⟩ COVID impacted their business as retail businesses were shut down and worldwide shortages of supplies and inventory materials occurred that caused difficulty fulfilling orders.
⟩ They have been awarded $85,000 to add a full-time employee, purchase inventory and pursue licensure to sell products to the Canadian market.
FOUNTAIN’S ENCHANTED FLORIST ⟩ Malone
⟩ Fountain’s Enchanted Florist is a full-service floral, gift shop and event rental business.
⟩ COVID impacted their business as most events and gatherings were canceled during the pandemic and there were increases to supply challenges and costs.
⟩ They have been awarded $49,000 for inventory to expand their service offerings and technology updates to facilitate online and phone orders.
HAPPY CAMPING RV ⟩ Vermontville
⟩ Happy Camping RV is a full-service RV dealer that exclusively sells Lance Campers and provides an ever- growing service department and retail store for RV needs and parts.
⟩ COVID impacted their business as lead times for camper purchases went from weeks to months and price increases in manufacturing units, delivery, and parts impacted every facet of the business.
⟩ They have been awarded $85,000 to outfit a service vehicle and hire a service technician to support mobile service repairs.
ROMANO’S SARANAC LANES ⟩ Saranac Lake
⟩ Romano’s Saranac Lanes & Family Fun Center provides customers with bowling, entertainment, food and drink, and events like a monthly paint and sip, college nights, holiday and sports parties, and bowling, pool and dart leagues.
⟩ COVID impacted their business as bowling alleys were shut down for months and were one of the last business types to re-open, and then at 50% capacity. This delayed planned, critical upgrades to technology that are necessary to stay in business.
⟩ They have been awarded $85,000 to modernize their bowling and scoring software, upgrade technology and hire more staff.
VILLAGE FURNITURE ⟩ Malone
⟩ Village Furniture offers a large selection of excellent quality furniture and a large inventory of accessories and accent options. Almost all of their offerings are American made. Customers are able to find assistance in both style and fabric choices with free delivery and setup.
⟩ COVID impacted their business due to closures and mandates placed on retail spaces, reduced travel to homes here due to lockdowns and border closures, and significant disruptions in supply chains that reduced product availability.
⟩ They have been awarded $85,000 to hire back staff, upgrade equipment for moving and delivering furniture and inventory.
About the Franklin County Economic Development Corp.
FCEDC is a unifying economic development organization that helps entrepreneurs start and grow businesses, fosters a shop-local, community-first culture, and works to attract visitors with the hope they’ll become locals.