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Raleigh Relief Funds Impact Small, Minority Business Owners

Owners share their stories

The application for the Raleigh Small Business Relief Fund closed May 21, 2020, and 573 applications were received. 

As of February 2, 2021, 224 applicants were funded. Of the businesses awarded, over 43% were women-owned, over 25% minority-owned, and over 36% were considered low/moderate income.

The top sectors that were awarded Raleigh Relief Funds include food service and drinking places; personal and laundry services; professional, scientific, and technology services; ambulatory health care services; and miscellaneous store retailers.

Thank you to the 38 corporate donations and 18 individual donations that provided an additional $600,000 to the Raleigh Relief Fund. 

This relief program was administered by our friends at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Wake Tech Community College

Some of the grantees have shared their stories. 

Acupuncture Pain Relief

Jacob Lee, Owner of Acupuncture Pain Relief

“It was my privilege and honor to be a recipient of the Raleigh Relief Fund. It kept me afloat during a time of financial uncertainty, and I will always appreciate the people and organizations that made it possible to help small businesses like mine through the COVID crisis." - Jacob Lee, Owner

Groomer's Property Services, LLC

Dimitri Rayner, Groomer's Property Services, LLC

"The Raleigh Relief fund was a Godsend and could not have come anymore right on time. I had gotten behind in bills because they continued even though I experienced a loss of contracts due to COVID.

The fund literally gave me breathing room and I know was a part of God working things out on my behalf. I will be forever grateful for this fund and all the opportunities that Wake Tech has brought my way." - Dimitri Rayner

Two Dots Studio

Aaron Michael Thaddeus, Owner of Two Dots Studio

"The Raleigh Relief Fund enabled our studio the extra bandwidth to produce a video that captured the significant bond and relationship amongst our local business ecosystem." -Aaron Michael Thaddeus, Owner