$3 Million in State Small Business Relief Grants from LEAP Help Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County Small Businesses Survive

$3 Million in State Small Business Relief Grants from LEAP Help Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County Small Businesses Survive

Businesses Directly Impacted by December 2020 State Mask Mandate Receive Grant Funds

Following a statewide announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced 194 small businesses and nonprofits from across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties received $15,000 survival grants to alleviate impacts from the state Health Department December 2020 Gatherings and Mask Order. From the 1,045 eligible applications in the Lansing region, our region received only enough funding to support approximately 18% of the applicants.

“It can’t be understated; small businesses continue to face difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 crisis, and every opportunity for relief is vital. LEAP continues to be grateful for emergency small business relief funds funneled to our region, most recently to specifically address the impact of the December 2020 Gatherings and Mask Order,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “LEAP recognizes the trust placed in us to take on this repeatedly heartbreaking but rewarding task. While we are thankful to be helping an additional 194 small businesses with funding amounts that will truly make a difference, we know it barely scratches the surface of our community’s overall needs. We remain optimistic that additional state and federal funds will arrive in the Lansing region in the coming months.”

LEAP received $3 million from the MEDC to provide working capital grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. Local prioritization focused on the equitable geographic allocation of awards across the region based on the geographic distribution of businesses and population across the three-county region, awarding 11% of grants in Clinton county, 24% in Eaton county and 65% in Ingham county.

LEAP chose to provide a single loan amount of $15,000 instead of smaller grant amounts to ensure a real impact on those businesses selected and their employees. “It’s hard to put into words what this grant means to my employees and me. It’s been a tough year and this grant truly just saved the restaurant and all the employees! We are grateful to LEAP for understanding how painful the end of last year was specifically, and to the state of Michigan for recognizing business still need help if we are to stay in business and pay our employees,” said Phuong-Anh Nguyen, Nola Bistro in Eaton County.

Additionally, a focus on grants to small businesses and nonprofits such as bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, gyms and other entertainment and recreational facilities disproportionately impacted by the Dec. 2020 Gatherings and Mask Order was incorporated regionally based on the statewide eligibility requirements.

“Like all small businesses during this time of significant restrictions and complete shutdowns, we’ve worked relentlessly to find ways to continue to serve our members and community. This grant funding has finally given us a chance to come up for air and breathe. Our team will use this renewed hope to push ourselves even harder to make health and wellness opportunities accessible to our community during a time when they need it most,” Emmie Musser, 3 legged dog yoga + strength studio in Clinton County.

To minimize bias and equitably distribute funds across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties based on the geographic distribution of businesses across the region, LEAP designed a multistage and multientity review process, including conflict of interest removal. The review process had 30 individual reviewers, including Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) partner organizations, the Capital Region Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC), Capital Area Michigan Works! (CAMW!), Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) and stakeholders from diverse organizations and larger businesses in the community.

Applications were reviewed and scored in five categories: impact, locale, uniqueness, revenue and funding. Emphasis on these categories sought to reach those with the greatest need and preserve vital gathering places that contribute to the rich history of Lansing region communities, such as Gregory’s and Mr. Taco in the city of Lansing, to name a few. All information about the review process and local priorities and criteria was available to potential applicants before and during the statewide application window from LEAP’s website.

“I am very grateful and humbled to be chosen as a recipient of the Small Business Survival Grant. It has been a struggle for Alicia’s to stay open, like many small businesses still suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Alicia Gonzales, owner of Alicia’s Mexican Restaurant in the city of Lansing. “Keeping small businesses operating is critical to a healthy economy. I want to thank LEAP and the State of Michigan for recognizing the financial stresses placed on small businesses by this crisis. This grant will support the survival of my business and also assist me in continuing to keep my employees working and continue to serve the Lansing community.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, LEAP has distributed over $9.75 million in grants and loans to nearly 700 businesses with funds allocated by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state and federal legislatures and municipalities.

“The Michigan Small Business Survival Program is providing significant support to small businesses helping to get them through this critical time and on the path to economic recovery,” said Josh Hundt, chief business development officer and executive vice president at the MEDC. “We are thankful for the efforts of LEAP, who worked swiftly and diligently to deliver these vital financial resources within their region and create a path toward economic recovery for small businesses in Michigan.”

A full statewide list of grant recipients has been made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). A regional list of selected grantees, geographic and demographic detail of applications received and awarded in the Lansing region and all program documentation, including the application review process and scoring criteria, is available on LEAP’s website.

Michigan Small Business Restart Program
LEAP Lansing Region Grants Awards Category and Demographic Detail

Applications Received

  • Total eligible applications received: 1,045

Geographic Distribution

County Known Business Distribution Across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties Percent of Regional Population by County Percent of Applications Received by County Percent of Awarded Applications Across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties
Clinton 10.9% 16.5% 8% 11%
Eaton 23.6% 22.7% 18% 24%
Ingham 65.4% 60.8% 74% 65%

Municipal breakdown available at www.purelansing.com/businessrelief

Businesses and Nonprofits Awarded Grants

Clinton County

  • Global Coffee
  • Conquest Fitness
  • The bath village diner
  • Bruno’s Bar
  • 3 legged dog yoga + strength studio
  • Eatery 121
  • Waypoint Coffee Company LLC
  • Jimmy’s Pub
  • Reno’s North
  • Looking Glass Brewing Company
  • Rellis
  • Park Lake Creamery
  • McCartney Irish Dance LLC
  • Mickys Bar
  • Bridge Street Social
  • The Wheel Inn
  • Flap Jack Restaurants
  • Ryans Roadhouse
  • M43 Fitness
  • Spartan CrossFit
  • Eagle Inn Bar & Grill
  • Schafers Bar LLC

Eaton County

  • BrickHaven Brewing Company
  • Bridge & Main
  • Cancun Mexican Grill
  • Cb’s
  • CharLanes
  • Cheryl’s Gymnastics LLC
  • Cugino’s Italian Restaurant
  • Darb’s Patio
  • Dimes Brewhouse
  • Eaton Theatre
  • Evelyn Bay Coffee
  • Falsettas Restaurant and lounge
  • Fyber Gaming and Repair Center
  • Hiit Fitness and Bootcamp
  • In Motion Dance Center
  • J & J Eaton Place
  • Joe’s Gizzard City
  • JPD Company of Lansing
  • Ledge’s Sweat Shop
  • Los Tres Amigos
  • Mancinos
  • MorningLory Cafe & Bakery
  • Nola Bistro
  • One North Kitchen and Bar Lansing
  • Poppa Chips Pizza and Ice Cream Shop
  • Sanctuary Spirits
  • Sophias House Of Pancakes
  • Swedes’s Restaurant
  • T &D Coney
  • Terrys Woodbury Cafe
  • The B&I Bar
  • The Dance Studio
  • The English Inn
  • The Log Jam
  • The Rusty Mug bar and Grill
  • The Smoke N Pig BBQ LLC
  • The Thirsty Bird Bar & Kitchen
  • Tin Can West Saginaw LLC
  • Tony M’s Restaurant
  • Tri Fitness LLC
  • World Buffet and Grill
  • Yoga Connect LLC

Ingham County

  • 517 BBQ
  • Alicia’s Enterprises
  • Ann’s School of Dance
  • Archeys
  • Ardha Moon Yoga LLC
  • BAD Brewing Company
  • Bell’s Greek Pizza
  • Big Mom’s House
  • Blondie’s Barn
  • Blue Gill Grill
  • Blue Owl Coffee
  • Boiling Pots
  • Boss Cider Company
  • Bourree Dance & Performance Arts
  • Brookshire Inn
  • Buddies Grill
  • Capital City BBQ
  • Cask & Company
  • Center for Yoga, Movement and Massage
  • Champions Sports Bar and Grill
  • Chapelure
  • Charlie’s Bar and Grill
  • Coach’s Pub & Grill
  • Coral Gables Restaurant
  • Coreys Lounge
  • Courthouse Pub
  • Cream City Fitness
  • Crossroads Grill and Bar
  • Crown Boxing
  • Crunchy’s
  • Dagwood’s Tavern and Grill
  • Danceworks of Michigan
  • Darb’s Tavern & Eatery
  • Envie
  • Esquire
  • Firefly Hot Yoga Bar
  • Fleetwood Diner
  • Fusion Dance Center
  • Georgios Gourmet Pizzeria
  • Goodfellas Bagel Deli
  • Gregory’s
  • GymTactics LLC
  • Happendance
  • Harry’s Place
  • High Caliber Karting
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Jalapenos Mexican Restaurante
  • Juice Nation, LLC
  • Jumpin Jax LLC
  • Just B Yoga & Tai Chi LLC
  • Kelly’s Downtown
  • Kick It Out Dance Studio LLC
  • Korea House Restaurant
  • KSK Martial Arts, LLC
  • La Cocina Cubana LLC
  • Landshark Bar & Grill
  • Lansing Brewing Company
  • Launch Trampoline Park-Lansing
  • Leo’s Coney Island
  • Living Arts Dance Studio
  • Lou and Harrys
  • Main Street Bakery & Cafe LLC
  • Maru Sushi + Grill
  • Mediteran Cafe LLC
  • Midtown Brewing Company
  • Mo Wings LLC
  • Moriarty’s Pub
  • Taco
  • Noah’s Nook Family Restaurant
  • Nuthouse Sports Grill
  • Old Town Diner
  • Original Okinawan Karate of Holt LLC
  • T. O’Malleys Bar and Grill
  • Paradise Indian Cuisine
  • Patsy Watson School of Dance
  • Peoples Yoga LLC
  • Pizza House East Lansing
  • Powerhouse Gym East Lansing
  • Red Cedar Spirits
  • Rising Star Studio of Dance Arts
  • Riverhouse Inn
  • Ruckus Ramen
  • Salt Yoga
  • Sansu
  • Sir Pizza
  • Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale Inc
  • Snap Fitness
  • Spag’s Bar & Grill
  • Spartan Dance & Fit Center
  • Spartan Krav Maga
  • Spiral Bar
  • State of Fitness
  • Steakhouse Philly
  • Stillwater Grill
  • Stobers Bar
  • Stockbridge Bowl
  • Strange Matter Coffee
  • Suburban Ice East Lansing LLC
  • Sultan’s Express
  • Sultan’s restaurant
  • Sun Theatre Williamston
  • Tannin
  • Tavern 109
  • Team Glass Boxing
  • Thai Village Restaurant LLC
  • The Barre Code East Lansing
  • The Cosmos Wood-Fired/Zoobies Old Town Tavern
  • The Exchange of Lansing
  • The Grid Arcade & Bar
  • The Mayfair Bar
  • The new daily bagel
  • The Peanut Barrel
  • The Soup Spoon Cafe
  • The Urban Cup
  • The Westons Kewpee Burger Inc
  • The Wooden Nickel II LLC
  • Unicha tea and ice cream
  • University Club of Michigan State University
  • UrbanBeat Event Center
  • Wheatfield Inn
  • Williamston Pub & Grill
  • Woody’s Oasis


About LEAP
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all — working every day to grow, retain and attract business to the Lansing, Michigan, region.

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