Business Briefs: Grants fund local businesses, the lawn mower app is extended to Gilroy

Grants finance local businesses

Gilroy companies struggling during the pandemic have received a boost in funding.

The City of Gilroy and Gilroy Chamber of Commerce have established a program to allow qualified businesses operating within city limits to apply for a one-time grant from federal Coronavirus Aid, Assistance and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds.

According to Mark Turner, President / CEO of the Chamber, 12 applications with grants between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 have been approved to date. Seven of these requests were from minority or women owned companies. A further 25 applications are currently being processed.

In that round of funding, the city had $ 125,000 to hand out, with about $ 35,000 remaining, Turner said.

The applications were due on March 12th. According to program administrator Maria De Leon, an additional round of funding is expected to go to the city council for consideration in May.

Industrial building approved

The Gilroy Planning Commission approved the construction of a 30-foot, 11,868-square-foot industrial building on April 1 on the corner of Forest Street and Nagareda Drive.

The currently vacant 1 hectare property is surrounded by other industrial buildings.

Five tenant spaces are planned. No tenants were announced.

The lawn mower app is expanded to include Gilroy

GreenPal, an app that connects homeowners with lawn care workers, was launched in Gilroy.

With GreenPal in Nashville, homeowners can find local, pre-screened lawn professionals. Homeowners can list their lawns with their service date and lawn care needs. Verified lawn care companies can then bid on their property based on the street and aerial images from Google and any other homeowner-provided lawn details. Homeowners can then choose who to work with based on the vendor’s ratings, ratings, and price.

Once a salesperson completes the service, the lawn care provider will send a timestamped photo of the completed job. Homeowners can then pay via the app and make additional appointments.

“Having successfully launched in 250 other markets, we are excited to help Gilroy homeowners find reliable, safe, local lawn care,” said Co-Founder Gene Caballero.

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Thrift store opens downtown

Michelle’s Vintage and More opened on March 20th at 7680 Monterey St., Suite 101.

The store has a wide variety of vintage and new collectibles, including clothing, toys, jewelry, and more.

Spectrum Store now open

Charter Communications, Inc. recently announced the opening of a new Spectrum store in Gilroy.

The Spectrum Store at 6845 Camino Arroyo, Suite 40, is open weekdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our Spectrum business team is here to help our local customers who need support to stay connected,” said Pattie Eliason, senior vice president of Spectrum Stores & Retail. “Our new Gilroy store is a convenient and secure environment to add or manage services, purchase devices and accessories, or make payments while complying with current local and state health and safety guidelines.”

The new Spectrum Store offers devices and accessories that are compatible with Spectrum Mobile.

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