He said they’ve used the money for reimbursement for PPE and Facebook advertising.
“Having the OV Safe Steps program step up and help us out has just been fantastic,” Wichers said.
Noble Hops CEO Suzanne Kaiser said the restaurant was also down 80% in revenue from March through May, which are normally its busiest months. The restaurant has had to furlough some of its staff.
Noble Hops also received $1,000, part of which was used to reimburse the business for about a month’s worth of PPE. Despite a challenging year, she said support from the town government has helped reassure her.
“They’ve made it really clear they’re there for us,” Kaiser said. “I was so impressed when I had a Zoom with them, and the mayor was on it. They were trying to help me as a business person feel supported and ask for any help I needed.”
Susan Swan, owner of Swan Pilates, which also received $1,000, said they plan to take advantage of the business coaching, which refers to one-on-one assistance with various services including accounting, bookkeeping, legal services and technical support.
“It was a wonderful gift to receive and a wonderful endorsement,” said “It just feels like they’re on the same side that I’m on, and we’re going to get to the other side of this, and we will be better. We will be stronger.”
Cornelison said stimulating business with the grants helps the town, because its revenue relies so much on local sales tax.
That makes the OV Safe Steps program “mutually beneficial,” according to said Dave Perry, president and CEO of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce. He added that is especially true during the pandemic, where people are not going out as much to seek services.