February 14, 2021

One question on a state grant application is giving businesses pause

Ted Hawley, owner of Beer Can Alley says he applied for the Iowa Economic Development’s…

Ted Hawley, owner of Beer Can Alley says he applied for the Iowa Economic Development’s grant the first opportunity he could. “When you operate a place like we do that has a 20 plus number a month rent, per month, that stuff adds up,” says Hawley. Much like other businesses, his bar has been feeling the financial consequences of COVID-19.Back in November, his business was cited for a COVID-19 violation – he paid the $1,000 fine and moved forward.But a question on the grant application asking about his business standing left him worried. “Oh my God, is this thousand dollar ticket going to be a $26,000 ticket?” he said. The Iowa Economic Development Authority says the offer is still on the table, they hope to give anyone who applies some sort of funding.The Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division says they only provide this information to give details on data or evidence for awards.No matter what standing a business has, the Iowa Restaurant Association believes all should apply. “Right now if you are a restaurant or bar, you are probably down about 33% in your revenue. So, any type of assistance that is available we’re encouraging people to take that,” says Jessica Dunker, president of the Iowa Restaurant Association.

Ted Hawley, owner of Beer Can Alley says he applied for the Iowa Economic Development’s grant the first opportunity he could.

“When you operate a place like we do that has a 20 plus number a month rent, per month, that stuff adds up,” says Hawley.

Much like other businesses, his bar has been feeling the financial consequences of COVID-19.

Back in November, his business was cited for a COVID-19 violation – he paid the $1,000 fine and moved forward.

But a question on the grant application asking about his business standing left him worried.

“Oh my God, is this thousand dollar ticket going to be a $26,000 ticket?” he said.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority says the offer is still on the table, they hope to give anyone who applies some sort of funding.

The Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division says they only provide this information to give details on data or evidence for awards.

No matter what standing a business has, the Iowa Restaurant Association believes all should apply.

“Right now if you are a restaurant or bar, you are probably down about 33% in your revenue. So, any type of assistance that is available we’re encouraging people to take that,” says Jessica Dunker, president of the Iowa Restaurant Association.