OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – With only a few days earlier than the deadline to use for the CARES funding program in Osceola County, a county spokesperson mentioned they nonetheless have funds to distribute.
The house owners of Buchito’s restaurant and low store in downtown Kissimmee is one in all a number of mother and pop outlets in want of that monetary increase.
“We had to max out all our credit cards from the businesses and we had to put money from our own pockets,” Alejandro Benitez, supervisor of Buchito’s, mentioned.
The restaurant, which has been working for greater than six years, not too long ago utilized for this system.
“The application wasn’t that hard to do. It was kind of simple, they just ask bank statements, (the) profit that we lost, revenue,” Benitez mentioned.
The CARES Act is a federal coronavirus reduction package deal by which Osceola county acquired $65.5 million from the state.
At present, the county is distributing $16.three million of that whole, the place 70% might be for housing help, 20% for small companies and 10% for meals safety like meals banks.
Benitez mentioned to ensure that his enterprise to remain afloat with the $1,600 a month hire and utility bills, they’ve needed to make changes to maintain the espresso machine operating.
“We are a small family business, just me, my dad and my mom, so for us, we can cut corners, like one month, OK, I’m gonna get a pay cut, she’s gonna get a pay cut,” he mentioned.
The grant supplies emergency funding of as much as $2,500 for home-based companies, $5,000 for all companies with 2-25 workers, and $10,000 for companies with 26 or extra workers.
“Hopefully we are able to get that so we are able to degree up the following couple of months,” Benitez mentioned.
To obtain funding by means of the cares act program, candidates should present proof of eligible bills comparable to hire, mortgage funds, utilities, and payroll incurred throughout the interval of Feb. 1 and May 31. They need to additionally present proof of investments in supplies and private protecting gear for reopening or working throughout social distancing mandates.
Functions are open till Friday at 5 p.m.
Companies can apply at www.weveopenedsafely.com.
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