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Financial help from the federal government through the CARES Act has been hard to come by for a lot of small businesses nationwide. The application turnaround time has been slow, and many businesses have been turned down. The SBA is disbursing a second round of Paycheck Protection Plan small business loans this week, and once the money has been distributed, it's gone.

If you're a small business owner in Kent County, there are other ways to find support! The Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation has announced a program called the Rapid Release Fund. The fund is focused on businesses in Kent County that employ 5-25 full-time staff. Their goal is to support businesses that can't access government funds in a timely manner, or who aren't eligible. They're also working with other local business associations to reach out to underserved groups and communities who might need extra support.

Visit the website and application --just scroll down to the bottom of the page to apply.