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January 25, 2013

Rouses Point businesses get grants

PLATTSBURGH — The Village of Rouses Point has awarded Microenterprise Program grants to three businesses in downtown Rouses Point.

The first round of grants will bring two new businesses to Rouses Point, fill vacant commercial space in the downtown area and create jobs.

The new businesses are a bed and breakfast at 250 Lake St., planned by Bill and Ann Carey for the former Cedar Hedge Nursing Home site, and Rouses Point Beer Emporium, owned by Richard Seguin and Tammy Dibernardo.

The other business to receive a grant is Northeastern Woodworking, owned by Scott Bleau.

Each of the businesses received $35,000.

The Microenterprise Program, a state-funded grant initiative sponsored by the village, provides grants and business development training for new and existing businesses.

The goal, according to a news release, is to “create jobs, enhance the village’s downtown and bring residents and visitors to Rouses Point.”

GRANTS AVAILABLE

Microenterprise Program funding is still available. Existing and prospective businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owner, that are considering locating in downtown Rouses Point or that are now located there may apply.

Revitalization Coordinator Melissa McManus said Phase 1 of the Microenterprise Program awarded $105,000 total to the three projects, which are projected to create four new jobs available to low-to-moderate-income people.

“That is in addition to the income that the owners will generate — all of whom live in Rouses Point,” she told the Press-Republican on Thursday.

The program still has $67,000 in funding available to micro-businesses, with $17,720 of that reserved for a startup business.

The program ends Dec. 9. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

TRAINING BEGINS

As part of the Microenterprise Program, the village will sponsor an Entrepreneurship Training Program, with classes in small-business development.

All businesses receiving a grant must attend the Entrepreneurship Training Program.

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