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WV small businesses can get $10K flood-recovery grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced a program that will give up to $10,000 to small businesses that were affected by the June 23 floods.

The program, called RISE West Virginia, is a public/private partnership that is looking for $2 million between contributions from outside donors and the state’s race track modernization fund, which has $4.5 million in it.

“This new program is a way to make sure that our residents have the businesses and services they need close to their rebuilt homes and revitalized communities,” Tomblin said. “This is crucial for flood recovery for a brighter future.”

Businesses will be awarded the money on a first-come, first-served basis after the applications open Wednesday morning.

Tomblin said 150 businesses were destroyed by the floods, while at least a thousand more were damaged…

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