Here’s a look at the latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Slew of small businesses reap COVID-19 grants
Nineteen more small businesses in Natick have scored COVID-19 Small Business Grants from the state, which this week announced $174M in awards to more than 4,000 entities in the sixth round of grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. Dozens of Natick-based small businesses have now been awarded grants, which are earmarked for businesses most affected by the pandemic.
During this round, about $900K went to Natick businesses, with awards ranging from $10K to $75K.
Not all businesses on the list are easily recognizable by their formal business names, but eateries such as Eli’s and Charles River Coffee House and athletic facilities such as Frozen Ropes and A9 Pilates were among the recipients.
Meeting of the Makers on Feb. 25
Meet and interact with a panel of experts to discuss questions like:
*What makes Natick attractive to artisanal and craftwork “maker” businesses?
*What parts of Natick are most attractive to these businesses, and why?
*How can the Town be more welcoming to these businesses?
*What are the benefits of attracting more maker enterprises to town?
The panel of experts include:
*Allison Yee – Owner, UpNext & Retail Reimagined
*Athena Pandolf – Exec. Director Natick Center Cultural District
*Isabel Miller – Owner, Hedgehog Belly Designs
*Jill Hourihan – Owner, Metro Pets Natick
*Scott Laughlin – Managing Partner, MetroWorks
*Ted Fields – Sr. Planner Community Economic Development
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