Local businesses receive ACT grant

(ALBANY, GA) – In a calendar year where many small businesses had to close their doors due to the pandemic, a few Albany businesses have been able to stay afloat thanks to a little financial help.”

“It was getting pretty bad to the point of probably thinking about closing it down if we didn’t get the funds that we needed,” says Kendra Malone.

Malone owns D&K Auto Service, it’s one of 30 local businesses who received a share of a 1 million dollar Google small business fund grant through Albany Communities Together.

With the help of $25,000, she and her husband Demarco were able to keep their doors open, and cars rolling.

Demarco tells us, “We tried getting a loan from other places, and this one seemed like the one that really wanted to help us out. They helped us by more inventory for tires.”

Terry Lewis owns Second Chance Detail, and he received two smaller act grants totaling around $5,000.

Lewis says the financial infusion managed to prop up his business during a slow year, giving him and his business a “second chance”.

He says, “Business has been real slow. I haven’t sold any cars, i haven’t detailed any cars, this came right on time, it was a blessing to get the grant right on time. It’s been very beneficial for me.”

As small businesses begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, these loans make sure that that owners like these can continue to build up the Good Life City.