Small businesses boom in Greenville

Suzanne McCartney of Greenville owns the Purple Blossom Yoga Studio. (WECT)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Small businesses are booming in Greenville and city leaders are pushing for even more.

It’s part of the Small Business Plan Competition, helping to revitalize Uptown and West Greenville.

Some of the places considered staples of Uptown Greenville got their start with this competition. Places like the Scullery, Dickinson Avenue Public House, Winslow’s and more prove that investment in these businesses is paying off.

Since the city started this program in 2009, 32 businesses have been awarded funding. 25 are still in business today. They’ve added more than 100 full time jobs and 220 part time jobs in the Uptown and West Greenville areas.

One of those businesses is Purple Blossom Yoga Studio, which received a grant in 2013.

“There’s all sorts of worries and that friend has come along and has given you a hand and said, ‘Here let me help you because I can’ and that’s just been everything to us,” said owner Suzanne McCartney.

Uptown Brewing Company is one of many businesses vying for funding in this round of the city’s Small Business Plan Competition. Partner Benjamin Self is hoping to get in on the growth.

“Greenville’s got a lot of momentum and we really want to keep that going. I think an investment now into small businesses like ours, like the yoga studio and everything like that, that’s just going to continue that role and the city’s going to be making that back many fold,” Self said.

Uptown Brewing Company is scheduled to open this fall.

Applications for this round of the Small Business Plan Competition are due Friday, July 1. Businesses can receive grants up to $30,000. The next round of applications will be due December 1.

Grants should be awarded in about a month to winners of the Small Business Plan Competition.

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