The Small Business Grant Program facilitated by Allen Economic Development Corporation through CARES Act funding provided much needed relief to the Allen business community. The program distributed funds to 141 businesses, with an average grant award of $21,000. Looking deeper, 85% went to service companies such as restaurants, salons and health related businesses, some of the sectors most heavily impacted by COVID-19.
CARES Act funding also supported a promotional program to engage residents to support local businesses. The Shop Local campaign is a collaborative effort between the Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce, City of Allen, and Allen Economic Development Corporation.
Residents and visitors can sign up for the mobile Play Pass to receive offers and discounts from participating businesses.
Update provided in October 2020 by the Allen Economic Development Corporation.