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Two Franklin County Businesses Receive $111,000 in CARES Act Funding

September 15, 2022

Two Franklin County Businesses Receive $111,000 in CARES Act Funding


Funding secured by Franklin County will help businesses with prepare, prevent and respond to pandemics

Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Legislature and Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) announced a total of $111,000 in funding assistance for two small businesses. The funding will help these businesses build back stronger from the pandemic.

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 are thrilled to be able to support these small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. We know how important they are to their communities and we wish them the best as they become even more resilient.

FCEDC Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Evans said, “We are pleased to administer these funds on behalf of Franklin County and support their commitment to Franklin County businesses. We will continue to work with the county to secure funding to support Franklin County businesses with their start-up and expansion needs.”

Cory Rohrbach of Amado Restaurant said, “It is difficult to express how much these funds mean to us and the relief we feel in that we can continue to function and not have to make adjustments to staffing or services. The economic development support we’ve received from Franklin County has been critical in enabling us to offer the best dining experience we can for Tupper Lake.”

Russell Lewis of Brainardsville Bake House said, “This grant money comes as such a welcome relief that it has left us still in a little bit of disbelief that it is happening.  After running a bakery for almost 30 years, COVID-19 definitely brought upon it a whole new host of challenges and made things difficult. These funds will be put to good use in enhancing our quality, offerings and resilience.”



⟩ Amado is a full-service restaurant with an eclectic menu offering mainline items, as well as some interesting ethnic and fancier fine dining options and specials.  In 2020, they expanded their outdoor seating through the implementation of nine outdoor tables and innovative, temperature controlled ‘dining houses’ that can seat six to ten people. In 2021, they took this a step further and substantially invested in new landscaping and a sizeable addition with covered pavilion style sections, an outdoor bar, and a new courtyard for dining and events.

⟩ COVID impacted their business as restaurants were shut down or limited to take-out and seasonal residents and travelers were scarce. Worldwide shortages and price increases inventory materials occurred that caused difficulties in access and affordability of supplies.

⟩ They have been awarded $41,000 to restore lost equity and assist with inventory and expenses through seasonal fluctuations.



⟩ Brainardsville Bake House is an artisan bakery specializing in high-quality European-style breads, pastries and cookies. In addition to their Brainardsville storefront, the bakery also has a presence at farmers markets and is developing a number of partnerships to supply baked goods to area restaurants and cafés.

⟩ COVID impacted their business as drop-in foot traffic from locals, Canadian visitors, tourists and seasonal residents that are a significant part of their customer base essentially vanished and farmers markets were canceled.

⟩ They have been awarded $70,000 for equipment to further the quality of their baking and ingredients and improve reliability of supplies.


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. 



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