Kalamazoo giving grants to “micro-businesses”

The $5k grants will be available for businesses with 10 employees or fewer.

The City of Kalamazoo is announcing a new grant program targeted exclusively at “micro” businesses – that is, businesses with fewer than ten employees and that make less than $1 million in revenue each year.

Money for the program comes from the Consumers Energy Foundation and the city of Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence. It’s being administered by the city and the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.

Businesses can apply for up to $5k to pay for “payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business or that demonstrate an effort to support public health,” according the United Way’s website.

You can read more here.

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