|Kate Hebert with County Exec Dan McCoy|
Kate Hebert, who owner of Kate’s Corner Deli at 44 George Street in the village, received a check from County Executive Daniel McCoy for $21,894.24 during a Tuesday ceremony. The program is a partnership between the county and the Capital Region Chamber funded by about $200,000 through a block grant from New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
“Owning a small business requires a combination of ambition, grit and determination, sometimes taking on multiple roles in an effort to keep things running smoothly,” McCoy said in a news release. “The contribution a local business makes to the community is significant to our neighbors and our economy, and I couldn’t be happier to play a part in giving our small business owners a hand.”
Said Hebert, “This investment from Albany County is incredibly valuable as we expand upon our success here at Kate’s Corner Deli. We are proud to be serving our loyal customers from the Green Island community in our fourth year now and look forward to growing thanks to this support.”
Three other businesswomen have received grants through the program: Kayla Renfroe of Cake Street Sweets in Cohoes, $28,177.87; Mollie Dambrocia of New Scotland PT in Slingerlands, $20,540, and Michele Boyle of Tidy Thyme in Altamont, $11,309.55.
The purpose of the Microenterprise Grant Program is to provide training and financial assistance to entrepreneurs, startup businesses and relatively new existing businesses that will create entrepreneurial opportunities or jobs for people who are considered low- to moderate income. According to the county, the program is especially interested in assisting entrepreneurs or businesses that are owned by low-to moderate-income people. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 can be used to purchase machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and inventory or for working capital.
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