In an effort to help support local small businesses in this extraordinary time, the Twinsburg Community Improvement Corporation created a grant program that made funds available to local businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

Seventeen business were provided grants ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500, according to TCIC.

The TCIC received more than 30 applications for assistance. Applications were reviewed and ranked by the size of the business, recent employment reductions and the potential for further reductions due to the pandemic, demonstrated financial need, and other factors.

To be eligible to receive a grant, business applicants needed to submit a grant application demonstrating that their business was significantly impacted by government mandated policies and procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TCIC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity originally formed for the purposes of encouraging investment in downtown Twinsburg. As it serves as an economic development tool for the City, the Board of Trustees recognized the current needs of local businesses. The TCIC is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees made up of the Twinsburg Mayor, three council members, a representative from the Twinsburg City School District, two resident business members, and two resident members. Former Mayor Kathi Procop serves as a non-voting member of the Board.