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NEWS // Whitley County Receives Funding to Aid Businesses Affected During Pandemic

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (September 10, 2020) ­­­– Whitley County was awarded funds to disperse to for profit businesses affected during the pandemic.

The Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs (OCRA) awarded Whitley County $250,000 in funds to add to the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help businesses remain sustainable during the current pandemic.

The loans are available to for-profit small businesses, defined as businesses with 100 or fewer employees and for-profit micro-entities, which are businesses with five or fewer employees where the business owner is also an employee.

“These loans are designed to help companies pivot and retain jobs that are affected by the pandemic. I’m thrilled we received the competitive dollars to continue supporting Whitley County business,” said Dale Buuck, Whitley EDC president.

The loans have a three-year term with a 2% interest and opportunities to defer interest or become forgivable after the first two years.

These loans are not available for construction or renovation purposes and are not available for nonprofit organizations.

OCRA awarded the funds to Whitley County through collaboration with the Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City and Columbia City Connect.

Interested businesses must meet with Scot Goskowicz from the Indiana Small Business Development Center and then complete the application. Applications are accepted until the funds are dispersed.

For more information, call the Whitley EDC office at 260.244.5506 or email Riley Hollenbaugh.

 

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About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City and the towns of Churubusco, Larwill and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC visit whitleyedc.com.

Media Contacts:
Kennedy St.George (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506 kstgeorge@whitleyedc.com