SPINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Two Springfield small businesses have received money to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pena Lopez Auto Repair and Chabela’s Beauty Salon received funding from Springfield from the American Rescue Plan Act Friday morning. Pena Lopez Auto Repair received $75,000. The owners told 22News they opened their store just before COVID-19 hit.
They were forced to close for a while, had to lay off an employee, and sales dropped dramatically.
Now that money will help them buy the building next door so they can train the next generation of workers.
“It’s a lifeline for growth, the new project they’re going to develop, to grow and provide better service.” Yahaira Lopez,
So far, Springfield has distributed $900,000 in ARPA funds, all small businesses that receive money are minority or women owned.
Mayor of Sarno said, “I am pleased to join State Representative Carlos Gonzalez in celebrating our town of Springfield’s ARPA RFP awards. My administration and the dedicated ARPA team are proud to award Pena Lopez Auto Repair‘s ARPA RFP application of $75,000 to help provide much needed relief and assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic. To date, my administration has awarded more than $900,000 in ARPA RFP funds to local small businesses and nonprofits, all of which small businesses were minority and women-owned businesses.