Johnson County program to deliver more CARES Act funding to small businesses

Through the Enterprise Center in Johnson County, $13.5 million in CARES Act grants will be distributed to small businesses that have experienced substantial economic loss this year due to the coronavirus, the county anticipating awarding around 1,300 grants.

A new government lifeline designed to boost Johnson County entrepreneurs hit by the COVID-19 pandemic soon will offer a one-time $10,000 grant to qualified recipients.

“Many of Johnson County’s small businesses have limited resources and access to capital during this unprecedented time,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We’re hoping these grants can provide them with some immediate help for their business and their employees.”

The program is open to all Johnson County small businesses with at least one and no more than 50 full-time employees, who have experienced significant economic loss.

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County — a non-profit, economic development organization connecting entrepreneurs to the capital and support resources they need to grow and scale their businesses — has been selected as the lead agency to distribute the recently announced direct grants.

An opening date for the application process has not yet been announced. About 1,300 grants are expected to be awarded.