City’s Small Business Relief Fund helps Jamaica Plain businesses forgotten

By now it’s common knowledge that the $650 billion federal relief package intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, like those that dot the Jamaica Plain and are the backbone of the community, ran out of money in 14 days back in April. 

This left many of Jamaica Plain’s shuttered mom and pop operations without a lifeline while larger corporations and chain stores across the United States swallowed up the money. 

In Jamaica Plain 37 small businesses received funding through the city’s Small Business Relief Fund, which kicked off with an initial funding dedication of $2 million (see list). 

The funding helped a wide range of Jamaica Plain businesses from restaurants to saloons to dry cleaners to independent day care centers.  

“The Small Business Relief Fund grants are critical to help struggling small businesses across the city address challenges brought on by COVID-19,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “These businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the lifeblood of our communities. I’m proud we are able to assist them during this time, and am grateful to our partners who have stepped up in a big way to support Boston’s neighborhood business community.”  

Walsh said in the City of Boston 58 percent of the businesses receiving grants are owned by people of color, 48 percent are owned by women, 44 percent are owned by immigrants. 

Unlike the federal relief program Mayor Walsh said 95 percent of the city funding went to businesses with 15 or fewer employees.

An additional $5.5 million in funding is being added to fully fund all eligible grant requests that were submitted during the application process, which combines newly available federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; as well as commitments from Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank.

The Jamaica Plain  businesses that received Small Business Relief Funds are: 

262 Barbershop

Achilitos Taqueria

Alex Cook

Alluring Beauty

BE Events and Consulting

Beauty By Venard

BostonSpeaks LLC

Brilliance Tattoo

CACAO

Commonwealth Swimming LLC

D’laly’s Nail and Spa

Daniela’s Family Day Care

Dave Hart Instruments 

El Oriental de Cuba

Esperanza Travel & Tours

Genesis Beauty Salon 

Glenn’s Gardening & Woodworking

J&P Cleaners Inc. 

Jamaica Plain Wellness

Jeffrey L Stiles Photography

Juicy Juju Music and Management

Lego Car Lego

Marcin Zebrowski

Midway Cafe

Mind Body Music Academy (also Vining Flute Studio)

Monumental Market

Ogusky Ceramics

Opus Affair Labs Inc.

Peak Performance Chiropractic

Rose JP Consignment

Sue Murad

Suite Musical Home

The Compliance Mentor Group

The Laundromat, Jackson Square Laundromat

The Video Underground

Tony Williams Dance Center

WikidFit, LLC

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