Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 16, 2013

AEDC to mull grant

Preliminary budget talks will also be held

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Economic Development Corporation on Thursday will discuss a second year of the Entrepreneur Grant Program, which provides funding to help launch a new business in the community.

The AEDC Board of Directors will address that and other agenda items at 11:30 a.m. in the Derek D. Daniels Conference Room of the Athens Partnership Center at 201 W. Corsicana St.

Mike Ellsberry of the Small Business Development Center will discuss plans for the 2014 version of the program, after which the board will talk about how much to put up for the grant this year.

The Small Business Development Center is located at the Partnership Center near the AEDC offices. Last year, the two organizations partnered to offer a class  to train those who want to start a business. After the 6-week-long course, the participants were given the opportunity to compete for $30,000 set aside to jump start one of the new businesses. The program stipulated that the business that would receive the grant must be located in the city of Athens and potential owners will be required to undergo a background check.

After a panel of judges rated the presentations of the competing businesses, the AEDC board decided to give the $30,000 start-up grant to Athens Bowling Center.  The board was also pleased with the presentation of the remaining finalists and voted to offer $20,000 for the Ice House Events Center and $10,000 for Three + One Color Protection.

Also on the agenda for Thursday is the AEDC preliminary budget for 2013-2014.