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City updates on small business loans and PPE

OBSERVER File Photo Dunkirk Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Wurster stated at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Tuesday, “Right now we have 26 applications that have come in and we sent out roughly 50 plus to different local businesses within the past week.”

The small business loans program being sponsored by the city of Dunkirk is going well.

“Right now we have 26 applications that have come in and we sent out roughly 50 plus to different local businesses within the past week,” Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Wurster stated at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Tuesday. “Out of the 26 that we have so far we have 12 that are ready to be funded.”

Wurster believes that within the next two weeks the funds will run out, so she urges the public to get their applications in as soon as possible.

“I stress that if you own a small business and you’re looking for some help please reach out to us and we’ll get you that application,” Wurster added. “We’ll walk you through what you need to be eligible and all of the documentation that we need.”

The city would like to make business owners aware that there is no expiration date for applying for the funds.

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

The Chautauqua County Emergency Service Coordinator, John Griffith has reached out to the city as well as Jamestown to make them aware that they have PPE (personal protection equipment) to provide for businesses that are reopening. These items include masks and hand sanitizer among other things.

“”I want to thank John Griffith, for reaching out and letting me know that these items are available to our community,” Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas released in a statement before the meeting. “If they need PPE they can get it delivered right to their business. We are eager to help our small businesses reopen and every donation from our partners helps. We are all in this together and I believe that Dunkirk’s businesses are resilient and will work hard to reopen safely.”

If any businesses are interested they can go online to chautcofire.org for more information.

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