West Business Development Center announces second round of business awards

West Business Development Center is excited to announce that more than $120,000 has been awarded in Business and Resiliency Grants to micro-businesses in Mendocino County. The selection committee, comprised of local business experts, received 86 applications and, following a thorough review process, awarded grants to 26 micro-businesses across a range of industries. Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of West Business Development Center stated, “This generous grant from the community has enabled us to support business owners who are undergoing such hardship due to the pandemic. We are very grateful.”


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The selection committee established several criteria for grant eligibility: for-profit micro-business with fewer than five employees, having long-term viability as a business model during and post-pandemic, and/or the business’s ability to support a viable new business model, creative service, or product. The committee also gave extra attention to geographic regions with limited access to services or to applicants from underserved communities.

Grants will be awarded to the following micro-businesses serving Mendocino County:

  • All About Kids Child Care
  • Canova Records Music School
  • Chubby’s Shared Use Commercial Kitchen
  • Coast Highway Art Collective
  • Corner Gallery Ukiah
  • Dora’s Gourmet Cafe
  • Flynn Creek Circus
  • Frame Mill Artworks
  • Gallery Bookshop
  • Joshua Grindle Inn
  • Lauren’s Restaurant
  • Littlecup Ceramics and Letterpress
  • Mendocino Bounty
  • Noyo Harbor Tours
  • Oasis
  • Oz Farm
  • Red Stella
  • Salon 707
  • Scoops
  • Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese
  • Shani’s Sweet Creations
  • Sugar Coated Catering
  • The Q BBQ
  • The Sign Shop
  • Tony’s Custom Sheet Metal & HVAC
  • Vino Philo, Bee Hunter Wine

Areas of industry covered by the grants include food and restaurants, the arts, retail, health, beauty and fitness, agriculture, wine, travel and lodging, construction, sports and recreation, and in-home care. Grantees come from a diverse geographical range from the coast to the inland valleys.

This grant program was made possible by The Community Foundation of Mendocino County through an anonymous lead gift that was matched locally by many contributors. Significant funding came from the J-Olivanti Fund, the Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund, the DeLucia Family Fund, the Jantzen-Romelli Donor-Advised Fund, and the South Ukiah Rotary Foundation as well as gifts from Pacific Gas & Electric, Ted and Wilma Westman Fund, Jim and Babbie Mayfield Fund, the Kevin and Bree Klotter Charitable Trust, the George and Ruth Bradford Foundation, the Tarbell Family Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Ukiah.

To support The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts, or to learn more, visit www.communityfound.org. If you would like to learn more about their COVID-19 Relief Funds and how to become a partner or co-sponsor please contact Megan Barber Allende, (707) 468-9882 ext. 102, [email protected]

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