According to WIVB, there is a program set up to help small businesses get through the COVID-19 pandemic, right now, the program is not helping as many businesses here in Erie County as it intended to help.

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The "Back To Business" program that was set up here in Erie County, using $19 million from the CARES act, but there is only a small fraction of the business that applied for the program that will get a piece of the money.

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According to WIVB, one business owner from Grand Island was just recently informed that his business is not one of the businesses that will be receiving part of the grant.

I was excited at first because my pandemic unemployment is a very low rate, it is the state minimum, and it is about to run out this month

said, Steven Supparits according to WIVB.

There has only been about a fourth of the business that applied for funding, a little over 1300, that had been approved, the approval process was turned over to 43 North, which is a local agency that recruits and promotes start-up businesses here in Erie County. According to WIVB, County Executive Mark Poloncars describe some of the criteria in the decision-making process.

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A spokesperson from 43North said there will be a report later this month that should bring more clarity to the decision making process.

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