$25,000 grant available for new or expanding business in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood

Appilcations can be submitted until May 6

CLEVELAND - Old Brooklyn is open for business.

To prove it, the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), in cooperation with Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Kelley and the City of Cleveland, announced a small business grant competition for new or existing businesses that are ready to relocate, open, or expand into the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

Kelly, along with Robyn Sandys, executive director of OBCDC, and area business owners gathered at the newly opened Drink bar and grill in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Drink owner Brian Ochs hosted the event to show his support for this business enhancement program.

"I think it's a testament to the community and how much the leadership really care about the community here and willing to do a $25,000 grant for business," said Ochs. "Most communities don't do anything like that. To me that really speaks volumes as to how important it is for our leadership here."

The winning business will earn a grant of up to $25,000 toward opening a proposed new business, business relocation, or business expansion in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. The money can be use to pay for equipment, renovation or other costs for starting or expanding a business.

Guidelines and an application for the competition can be found at www.oldbrooklynconnected.com.

Applications will be accepted until May 6 and the winner will be announced on June 7, 2013.

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