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Small Kansas businesses thankful for latest CARES Act grants

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 00:03:29-05

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan.  — Some 2,000 businesses around Kansas can breathe a bit easier Tuesday after the state released its latest wave of CARES Act funding, totaling close to $37.5 million in pandemic relief.

“Kind of a boost that we're going to make it through the next couple of months,” said Michelle Morse, owner of MuttMama KC, a professional dog walking service based in Mission. “Really, it was wonderful to know that the state of Kansas was looking out for small businesses."

The funds can be used to pay working capital expenses such as payroll, insurance, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, inventory, and more.

“We were so happy,” said Wanda Bibbs, executive director of Angels of Grace Family Center in Wyandotte County. “We knew it would allow us to pay our mortgage and to continue to pay our employees."

The state announced Monday close to 6,000 other businesses will be left without a helping hand.

“While I’m proud to announce that we have been able to provide relief to almost 2,000 small businesses, there are many more that still need help,” Gov. Laura Kelly said.

The online applications for several other SPARK grant programs remain active.