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Chamber gives small businesses financial boost

Some Jackson County small businesses owners now have an extra $2,500 to help boost the bottom line. The money comes from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's new small business grant program, which helps invest in those who invest in the community.

At D'Vine Soul Food and Catering in Pascagoula, owner Norma Nelson makes sure every hungry customer who comes in leaves happy. But lately it's been challenging to find extra cash for her advertisements and other business related needs.

"I have a good product, but when people don't know that you are here, it doesn't do you any good," Nelson said.

Andy Voda is also a small business owner trying to make it. He owns Lokring Gulf Coast in Gautier.

"We spend a lot of time doing other things and a lot of times marketing goes by the wayside," Voda said.

The two business owners said they recently applied for a $2,500 Chamber of Commerce Grant, and luckily they got it along with three other businesses. 

"I will use my money to do some advertising, and try to get a little more help inside the building," Nelson said.

"We are excited to use this money for a tradeshow booth and hopefully grow our business," Voda said.

Chamber board members said the grant program is something they have wanted to startup for years and plan to continue.  

"Businesses all across our region and in Jackson County and are having some hardships due to economics conditions that we are all facing, so any little bit helps," board member Todd Trenchard said. 

That little bit means a whole lot to these owners.  

"It is a very thin line between success and failure and anything we can do to help a small business is better for all of us," Voda said.

More than $12,000 was awarded to small businesses in the Jackson County thanks to this new grant program.

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