SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker visited White Lion Brewing Company in Springfield to announce updates to the small business recovery funding Wednesday afternoon.
Another round of state grants were announced in hope of kick-starting the economy as we continue to recover from the pandemic. The newly state-funded $4 million will be distributed to 45 businesses and organizations across the state.
“We are really excited for the next big things happening here in Springfield,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.
A booming business climate is what the Baker Administration hopes to see not just in Springfield but across the Commonwealth. In this latest round of grant programs, an additional $30 million to help businesses purchase vital tools like software programming. Also, help with training, social media marketing, and graphic design.
“Now we’ve seen first hand the differences the organizations can make across the Commonwealth and especially in communities like Springfield,” Gov. Baker said.
The money is for technical assistance which could range anywhere from software programming to training employees, to social media marketing and graphics designers. Businesses in underserved communities will have priority and the application process will be offered in a number of different languages.
Gov. Baker hopes that this next round of money will help bring tax dollars to communities in order to recover from the pandemic.
Four million dollars of the grant is directly from the state, the remaining $26 million is comprised of a number of different grant programs funded by private, state, and federal agencies.