VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Some Virginia Seaside companies are nonetheless hoping to get restoration assist from the pandemic. One enterprise certified for a grant solely to seek out on the market wasn’t sufficient cash to go round.
“We opened up in 2009,” mentioned Wayne Mitnick.
In his Virginia Seaside storage and within the properties of shoppers is the place Mitnick does his greatest work.
“We go into individuals’s homes and enterprise and restore electronics, TVs and audio tools,” Mitnick added.
However like so many small companies, the pandemic was a real-life TV drama for Reasonably priced Cellular TV Restore.
“Final yr was brutal,” Mitnick mentioned. “It was horrible. I closed the enterprise down and we made hand sanitizer and we handed it out to the primary responders.”
Mitnick says enterprise has gotten higher, however the restoration removed from completed.
“In 1,000 years, I’d haven’t thought I’d be speaking to [WAVY’s] Jason Marks about the truth that I can’t appear to get grant cash to help my small enterprise,” Mitnick added.
A few months in the past, Mitnick utilized for grant cash from town to assist pay his three workers. The cash was coming from the stimulus packages. Although he certified to obtain $10,000, final week he was advised the cash had run out.
“It was a shock to us,” Mitnick mentioned. “I mentioned ‘You’ve acquired to be kidding.’”
A United Approach spokeswoman says there have been two rounds of grant cash for Virginia Seaside small companies. The primary helped 414 companies. To this point the second spherical has helped 376, however one other 110 had been advised the cash isn’t there.
“I simply assume that it’s actually critically essential that we do every part we will to maneuver these sources into the neighborhood and to the companies which might be in want of them,” mentioned Virginia Seaside Metropolis Councilman Michael Berlucchi.
Metropolis Council helped kick in extra cash when the primary spherical ran brief. Michael Berlucchi says he hopes the identical will occur for spherical two.
“Hope shouldn’t be misplaced,” Berlucchi added. “Hope isn’t misplaced. In truth, there are quite a lot of causes to be hopeful.”
“We don’t want this cash subsequent yr,” Mitnick mentioned. “We don’t this cash in two months. We want this cash proper now.”
Metropolis Council will probably be briefed on the enterprise grant challenge later this month.
Councilman Berlucchi says town remains to be ready to learn how cash it should get from the Biden stimulus package deal.