Bon Secours awards $50,000 to local businesses for third year

11/12/2013 11:23 AM by

In a ceremony today at the Family Resource Center on Jefferson Avenue, Bon Secours Richmond Health System announced the nine winners for the third round of the SEED (Supporting East End Entrepreneurship Development) program. With this year’s grants, Bon Secours has awarded $150,000 over the past 3 years, benefiting 14 East End business startups. There are six new and three returning grant recipients in this group.

Sister Anne Marie Mack, senior vice president of sponsorship Bon Secours Richmond Health System, shared that the SEED grant program will continuing for at least two more years, and that the yearly funding will be raised to $75,000. The goal of the grant program is to boost business development in the East End along the 25th Street/Nine Mile corridor.

“The next two years will really allow us to revitalize our corridor,” said 7th District representative Cynthia Newbille, lauding the presence of “businesses that create the employment opportunities that are so important. […] I am so elated about the first 14 businesses.”


SEED III Winners

  • Urban Set Bride
    Christine and Jennifer Haines
    Fitting rooms, clothes rack, and signage

  • Loving Lemons
    Rachel Kellman
    Advertising, fixtures, and POS system

  • Cyclus Bike Shop
    Brett Eastmen
    Marketing and POS system

  • Union Market
    Hunter Robertson, Gillian Field, and Shawn Tunstall
    To build a patio and purchase signage and a bike rack

  • Sub Rosa
    Evrim Dogu
    Marketting and advertising

  • WPA Bakery
    David Rohrer & Kendra Feather
    To install a new countertop with a better display case

  • J. Burton Hauling and Disposal
    Jodi Burton
    To purchase equipment and pursue safety certifications for her workers

  • Goatacado
    Ian Newell
    Acquire equipment for new eatery

  • Restoration Builders of Virginia
    David Cooley & Jessica Jordan
    To purchase a pickup truck to add another crew to the company

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In the first two years of the program, 10 individual businesses were winners of the development grants. Last year’s SEED recipients include All Around Painting, Dutch & Co., Era Vintage, J. Burton Hauling and Disposal, Proper Pie Co., Sub Rosa, and WPA Bakery. Winners of the initial round of SEED grants in 2011 were J. Burton Hauling and Disposal, Sub Rosa, Tall Bike Coffee, Proper Pie Co., Karen Wilson Natural Beauty, and Taylor Environmental Janitorial Services.

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