MALONE — Five Franklin County businesses have been awarded a combined $389,000 in federal funding to help them rebuild from the pandemic.
The Franklin County Legislature and Franklin County Economic Development Corp. recently announced the funds for Fountain’s Enchanted Florist, Village Furniture, Carpe Insectae, Romano’s Saranac Lanes and Happy Camping RV.
Jeremy Evans, CEO of the FCEDC, said the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act Small Business Assistance money was awarded to the county and administered by the economic development corporation.
“We are pleased to administer these funds on behalf of Franklin County,” Evans said. “It is rewarding to work with our small businesses and help them rebound from the pandemic and become more resilient. We will continue to work with the county to secure funding to support Franklin County businesses with their start-up and expansion needs.”
The funds are designed to help small businesses prepare, prevent or respond to the current or future pandemics and restore equity lost through pandemic-related impacts.
“We care about our small businesses and saw the opportunity to access these one-time funds to provide assistance to businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic,” said Legislature Chair Don Dabiew, D–Bombay. “We wish these businesses success and will continue to find ways to support our small business community.”
Fountain’s Enchanted Florist, on County 25 in Malone, was awarded $49,000 to expand inventory and services and to update technology to facilitate online and phone orders.
Village Furniture, on Route 11 in Malone, was awarded $85,000 to hire back staff and upgrade equipment for moving and delivering furniture and inventory.
Carpe Insectae in Saranac Lake, which produces essential-oil based products to repel insects, was awarded $85,000 to add a full-time employee, purchase inventory and pursue licensing to sell their products in Canada.
Romano’s Saranac Lanes, a bowling alley on Bloomingdale Avenue in Saranac Lake, was awarded $85,000 to modernize its bowling and scoring software, upgrade technology and hire more staff.
In the hamlet of Vermontville, Happy Camping RV, a recreational vehicle dealership that sells Lance Campers, was awarded $85,000 to outfit a service vehicle and hire a service technician to support the company’s mobile repairs.
“We are very grateful to Franklin County for these funds,” said Max Nason, an owner of the Vermontville RV dealer. “They will help us recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and enable us to take our business to the next level and provide valuable services to the region that will support tourism and recreation.”
The CARES Act was passed by Congress in March 2020, allotting $2.2 trillion to alleviate economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.