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Five local businesses awarded $107,000 in grants

PHOTO: Darlene Birchett

More than 70 people turned to the awards ceremony this afternoon for the 2017 SEED grants at the Bon Secours’ Sarah Garland Jones Center at 26th and Nine Mile. Five local small businesses were awarded a total of $107,000 in grants towards equipment, training, and the like.

The 2017 Capital One/LISC/Bon Secours’ SEED grant winners, announced today, are:

  • Happiness Dance Studios – Felicia Manns – Dance studio promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles though dance. Open now at 1003 North 25th Street /
  • Jade Salon – Jaida Cureton – Multicultural full-service salon for men, women, and children. At 3304 East Marshall Street /
  • The Yard Guy – Darlene Birchett – landscaping and hauling services
  • The Neighborhood Scoop – Lawson Wijesooriya – Ice cream truck and shop now open at 1400 North 26th Street / @churchhillscoop
  • Soul N’ Vinegar – Michelle Parrish – take-out food shop coming to the former Ruth’s Beauty Shop at 29th and R Streets /

Over $400,000 has been awarded to 30 East End businesses since 2011.


Elaine Odell 09/22/2017 at 8:44 AM

Congrats to all the grant awardees. Soul and Vinegar served their delicious food at the Union Hill/Jefferson Park picnic this summer and we gobbled it down. Looking forward to more wholesome, flavorful dishes!

Mark 09/22/2017 at 8:16 PM

Will someone please explain where all this $$$ is coming from, thought we were broke. After all $30 to pick up a bag of leaves

John M 09/22/2017 at 8:24 PM

@mark – not sure of the breakdown, but Bon Secours, Capital One, and LISC are the forces behind this – not the city. This has been Bon Secours’ initiative from the beginning.

Rick Tatnall 09/23/2017 at 7:17 AM

@Mark – Bon Secours put up $97,000 and Capital One put up $10,000 and Virginia LISC managed the process – no City money

Sean Stilwell 09/23/2017 at 2:27 PM

@Mark… please search Bon Secours’ SEED grant on this site. You’ll recognize many of the past years’ recipients as today’s thriving business.


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