Business recovery fund issues first grants

Hank Hayes • May 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM

The first 22 grants to regional small businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic were announced on Thursday as a result of the RegionAHEAD initiative.

“In less than a month, we received 217 grant applications from various businesses and organizations through our RegionAHEAD.com application process,” says Andy Dietrich, the organizer of the Local Business Recovery Fund Drive. “Our thanks go out to every person and organization who have made donations thus far. As we have said from the beginning, the number of businesses that we can help is directly correlated to how much we receive in donations. Individuals and companies can still donate. Go to RegionAHEAD.com to do so.”

The grant awards total $98,650 with $56,000 going to Virginia companies and $42,650 going to companies in Northeast Tennessee. 

Grants to Virginia companies include:


Crisp Family Coach, Accommodations/Food, Tazewell.

Abingdon Vineyards Arts, Entertainment/Food, Abingdon.

High Tides Tanning LLC, Retail Trade, Marion.

Play Date dba Play Now Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Abingdon.

Salon Bristol Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Bristol.

The Gallery/Barr Photographic Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Abingdon.

Wise Lumber & Supply, Retail Trade, Wise.

Advantage Supply Center, Retail Trade, Abingdon.

Catering By Catherine, Accommodations/Food, Abingdon.

Homeslice Cafe & Catering, Accommodations/Food/Retail Trade, Abingdon.

Paul’s Fan Company, Manufacturing, Big Rock.

Trailhead Lodging, Accommodations/Food, Bluefield.

Universal Crane & Construction, Manufacturing, Big Rock.

Grants to Tennessee companies include:


Best Uniform Center, Retail Trade, Kingsport.

Express AV LLC Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Bristol.

Hair Additions, Retail Trade, Johnson City.

Jump TN LLC Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Greeneville.

Pine Street Hospitality dba Timber, Accommodations/Food, Johnson City.

Appalachian Light & Production Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Telford.

Nolichucky Gorge Campground, Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Erwin.

Union Street Taproom Arts, Entertainment/Food, Erwin.

We Run Events LLC Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Bristol.

“I was extremely proud of the work of our allocations committee,” said Beth Rhinehart, president and CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. “The group took great care in reviewing every allocation in a spirit of fairness and where grant dollars could do the most good in helping the business survive and their impact on the region.”

Local businesses and sole proprietorships that are locally operated are eligible to apply for a grant in Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties in Tennessee and Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise counties along with the independent cities of Bristol and Norton in Virginia. Grants are intended for businesses involved in arts, entertainment or recreation, accommodation and food services, retail trade, or the manufacturing sectors.

The Local Business Recovery Fund intends to have a second review of grant applications and make additional awards within the next three weeks.

Any donor can learn more about the fund and can donate online at RegionAHEAD.com. Those wishing to donate by check can do so by mailing a contribution to the Local Business Recovery Fund, 603 E. Market St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

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