The City of Urbana would like to acknowledge those Urbana businesses that received $1,102,021 in COVID-19 relief funding in recent months.
“We’re grateful to be able to distribute over $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds to local businesses. Our community has rallied around these businesses to help maintain their operations and help retain jobs. We continue to ask everyone to wear a mask and respect public health guidelines to help them stay open,” Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin said.
The City’s Economic Development and Grant Management Divisions have been working diligently to help businesses secure these crucial funds that will help defray costs of operating a business during the pandemic.
“Yes, the grant money has helped keep our doors open by covering rent and keeping all of our staff fully employed for their full-time and part-time hours,” Paris Baldarotta said of the business she co-owns with her husband, Jordan Baldarotta.
Baldarotta’s, which has been in operation for three years, is a Sicilian-American sandwich shop located in Lincoln Square Mall.