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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Nearly 50 local businesses were given a financial helping hand last month to help offset the economic effects of the pandemic.

Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. announced Monday it awarded a total of $209,000 in grants to 46 businesses. According to RAEDI, the Rochester Innovation Grant Program provided grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses innovating their business model, approach, or services in response to the pandemic during 2021.


“From improving air quality to creating new methods of engaging their customers, Rochester businesses showed through this program that they have no shortage of ideas for innovating their models in response to adversity,” said John Wade, president of RAEDI.

RAEDI photo
RAEDI photo

Grant priority was given to historically under-served businesses (women, military veteran, and ethnic or racial minority-owned businesses). Any for-profit small business started before July 1, 2021, was eligible, as were home-based businesses.

A breakdown of the grants shows 57% were awarded to women-owned businesses, 37% to racial or ethnic minority-owned businesses, and 2% to veteran-owned businesses.

Award size was based on receipts submitted reflecting the final costs of the projects.

Below are the recipients who received funding and their award amount:

  • A Unique Twinkle LLC: $5,000
    A-Z Logistics Inc: $5,000
    Ageless Esthetics Medspa: $4,000
    Arnold Athletics LLC (Detour Athletics): $5,000
    Beetle's Bar & Grill Inc: $4,979.62
    Blue Diamond Restaurant LLC: $2,208.04
    Blue Sky Dental, PLLC: $3,145.50
    Bowlocity Entertainment Center, Inc.: $2,537.74
    Bramel Inc. (Glynner’s Pub): $5,000
    Cashmere Lux Hair Salon: $1,700
    Centric Healthcare LLC: $5,000
    Cheryl Scranton Color Studio LLC: $3,000
    Dahl Dance Inc: $5,000
    Elevate Marketing Solutions LLC: $4,237.51
    Finbrew LLC (Little Thistle Brewing Company): $4,796.69
    Garden of Massage: $4,924.85
    Grandmas Kitchen of Olmsted LLC: $5,000
    Gray Duck Entertainment LLC: $5,000
    Herbal Spa and Nail: $2,966.16
    Immigrant Solutions Center LLC: $4,989.61
    James M Krom Natural Images: $5,000
    Jersey Jo's Inc.: $5,000
    Joes Auto Care INC (Joes Auto & Tire): $5,000
    Johnson Int’l LLC: $4,632.86
    Kristine Phan: $5,000
    Laura Meihofer: $5,000
    Maine Cutz LLC: $5,000
    Master Jewelers, Inc: $4,395
    MotivateMe LLC: $5,000
    NAK Investments LLC (Minnesota Shave Ice): $5,000
    North West Nails LLC: $5,000
    Old Abe LLC: $5,000
    Pasquale and Friends Corp (Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria): $5,000
    Poppi Italian Leather: $4,595
    Rain Nail Salon: $2,962.76
    Resilience Impact LLC: $4,741.69
    Roca Climbing & Fitness: $5,000
    Rochester MN Moms Blog, LLC (wrkshp): $5,000
    Salon Nouvo INC: $5,000
    Save & Give, LLC (EPIC Endeavors Academy): $5,000
    Schmitt’s Stride Rite, LLC: $5,000
    Silver Lake Center, LLC (Silver Lake Shopping Center): $5,000
    Tea Time LLC: $4,186.97
    The Big BANG Entertainment (Big BANG Companies): $5,000
    The Hello Social (Hello Media): $5,000
    Vanessa L Persinger (Vanessa's Hair Studio): $5,000

The awards were funded through the federal Covid-related CARES Act.

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