Businesses in downtown West Palm Beach receive cash


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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla .– More money is being made available to businesses to pay rent in downtown West Palm Beach through the Downtown Development Authority.

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“We are keeping downtown West Palm Beach open as much as possible,” said Teneka Feaman of the DDA.

This week, the DDA allocated an additional $ 100,000 to the grant program, which has so far helped 22 downtown businesses.

“It’s not a loan. It’s a grant. The maximum money over six months would be $ 15,000,” Feaman said.

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Teneka Feaman, associate executive director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, said the money given to businesses was grants, not loans.

“It’s huge for us. It’s a lifeline,” said Melanie Hackman, owner of Aioli, a breakfast and lunch restaurant on Olive Avenue.

Hackman said the grant allowed him to stay open during the pandemic and keep his employees on the payroll.

Melanie Hackman, owner of restaurant Aioli

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Melanie Hackman, owner of Aioli restaurant in West Palm Beach, says the grant has kept her open during the pandemic.

“Not having to worry about how many cups of coffee I have to sell or how many sandwiches I have to cover, it was fantastic and kept us breathing a bit,” Hackman said.

Businesses in downtown West Palm Beach can apply for the grant by click here.

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