LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ten minority-owned small businesses in Louisville will receive grants to help their businesses stay afloat despite the disruption caused by the COVID pandemic. The grants, totaling $60,000, are funded by First Financial Bank and the First Financial Foundation and administered by LHOME, a Louisville Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
The businesses offer a range of services to their customers, including hair care, food service, groceries, sports programs, urban couture, junk removal and youth training. Seven of the businesses are owned by women.
The grant recipients are:
- Latonia Bland, Math Academy of Louisville
- Melinda Dixon, Lavish Life Hair
- Jin Kim, Fashion Club
- Detrick Ellery, Detailed Property, LLC
- Whitney Powers, Garden Girl Foods
- Brittany Cummings, Whichin’ Pizza
- Jackie Paynter, Super Beauti
- Tia Phipps, At Your Service
- Tiye Gardner, Tiye Eliza, LLC
- Marcus Harris, Pride Leadership Academy
The grants will help the businesses adjust to the “new normal” by funding personal protective equipment, computers, upgraded Wi-Fi, technology infrastructure, curbside/delivery services, employee training, equipment, utilities and payroll.