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4/23/2020 Press Release
Caesars Foundation of Floyd County Grants $250,000 for Community and Cultural Relief Loan Program

Second Round of Loans for Floyd County Businesses Opens Today


April 23, 2020 (New Albany, Ind.) – Officials from One Southern Indiana (1si), the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, Ind., and the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County (CFFC) announced today a grant of $250,000 from CFFC, to assist Floyd County businesses through the new zero interest revolving loan program, the Community and Cultural Relief Loan Program. This will allow for a second round of loans for businesses in Floyd County.

“The Caesars Foundation of Floyd County’s board of directors is happy to step forward and provide $250,000 to assist businesses hurt deeply by the current pandemic. Our focus on Floyd County restaurants, and other ‘quality of place’ industries, allows us to ensure the gains made over the past several years in downtown New Albany, Georgetown and other areas are not lost,” said Jerry Finn, executive director of CFFC. “We will continue to work with One Southern Indiana, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and other partners to try and mitigate the damage of the current crisis, allowing our communities to emerge stronger on the other side.”

This will be the second phase of the Community and Culture Relief Loan Program. Unlike phase one, the $250,000 Caesar Foundation grant is earmarked for businesses in Floyd County only. All eligible businesses must be locally owned and operated in Floyd County, have a physical location outside of the home and be in the food service, retail, salon/spa services or entertainment venues. For a complete list of approved business types, click here. Recipients of the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County Revolving Loan program or the recent COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Forgivable Loan program within the past six months are not eligible.

The Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (Southeast ISBDC) has been instrumental in helping businesses apply for the loan funds in the past month. Kari Johnson, regional director of the Southeast ISBDC said, “We are so fortunate to work in a community with such a wide variety of small businesses but also local organizations who can assist in times of trouble. The team at the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center is working hard to ensure Southern Indiana businesses have the resources they need to survive the ordered shut-down and recover. Whether it is through the SBA loans funded through the CARES Act or local initiatives like the Community and Cultural Relief Loan Program, any small business can call or email our office and a team member will assist in answering their questions.”

Loan applications and related documents are being accepted now, with the deadline for requests being 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Loan amounts up to $25,000 will be considered. Loans above $15,000 will only be granted for extenuating circumstances and will require personal guarantees from business owner(s). Terms for this loan will be sixty (60) months, with the first payment due on October 1, 2020. Payments toward loan balances will be made to the CFFC and be utilized to assist future emergency needs for small businesses.

Funds will be awarded based on demonstrated need and may only be used to assist with overhead and operating costs such as payroll expenses, rent and utilities. As with phase one, the CFFC Revolving Loan Committee will review applications and required documentation, including a detailed explanation of need and proposed use of funds from the business owner(s) to determine funding eligibility. Applicants will also need to submit profit and loss statements and balance sheets for the fiscal years of 2018 and 2019 as well as an executive summary of the business’ recovery plan.

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana will continue to accept contributions and make referrals to the loan program as part of its recently announced Covid-19 emergency funding initiative. Contributions may be made at the CFSI website, https://www.cfsouthernindiana.com/giving-planning/give-today/. Donors simply work through the steps and choose “Small Business” as their giving choice. If desired, donations may be designated for businesses in specific counties or municipalities.

“It is amazing that $971,000 has been contributed by municipalities, county governments and local foundations over the past thirty days to directly assist businesses in Southern Indiana in danger of closing their doors,” said 1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser. “It is a testament to the generosity and the visionary leadership of our community and elected officials and, once again, proves Southern Indiana is the best place in the country to live and work.”

To apply for the Community and Cultural Relief Lan Program, visit the 1si.org website here.

About One Southern Indiana:

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 from the Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd counties and the Chamber of Commerce. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. More information on One Southern Indiana is available at www.1si.org.

Media Contacts:
One Southern Indiana — Wendy Dant Chesser, (812) 945-0266, Wendy@1si.org