Governor Evers visits small business grant recipients

Several businesses in the area were awarded with financial aid
Gov. Evers wants shoppers to support local businesses that support local jobs, as the state's small business grants do
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:53 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Gov. Tony Evers stopped in Green Bay on Tuesday, days ahead of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, to promote small businesses -- specifically those that recently received state grants.

These grants are designed to get small businesses back on their feet. Governor Evers says he believes they’re essential to Wisconsin’s economy.

The “We’re All In” grant provides one-time financial support to local businesses. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation gave out the final phase of this grant with each recipient awarded $2,500. More than 2,000 small businesses received this grant.

A second grant, the “Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery” program, also provided relief. It’s funded through the American Rescue Plan Act and supports businesses hit hard by the pandemic.

“They hire local. They spend money local. They join the Chamber of Commerce,” said Gov. Evers. “They’re part of the better business world downtown, and so no matter where it is -- big cities, small cities -- they are the lifeblood of the economy.”

Some of the shops the governor visited in Green Bay included Beerntsen’s Candies, Pete’s Garage, Petal Pushers, and The Attic coffee shop.

He also stressed the importance of shopping at locally-owned businesses this holiday season.