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By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   Approving federal grants that will benefit Grenada businesses and making sure that a popular vote will hold sway for special referendums were the primary items of business considered by the Grenada City Council on Monday.
   Karen Simms with Fortitude Management and Logistics Solutions, LLC., asked the council to give her permission to apply for grants totaling $85,000.
   The grants are Rural Business Enterprise Grants, and are insured by the USDA, They will cost the city nothing, and will boost early childhood education, furniture manufacturing and a retail business in the Lake City, according to Simms.
   A Ray of Hope Day Care applied for a grant of $55,000 for a portable classroom and other educational materials, according to City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers.
   Travis Furniture Company applied for a grant of $5,000 for new equipment, and Trinity Vestment Corporation, a children’s boutique, applied for a grant of $20,000 for software and other support materials to grow its business, Weathers said.
   “I think we see a lot of added value to the community, in economic development and encouragement of entrepreneurship through these grants,” Simms said Tuesday.
   All the property purchased will belong to the city, according to Weathers. It will go on the city’s inventory.
  Last year the city benefited from nearly $190,000 in RBEG grants, Simms said. Among the beneficiaries of the grants were Energyzmart, a recycling business.
  “We came to the table with a vision to make a difference locally and even nationally and globally,” said Energyzmart founder and CEO R.B. Jones. “People have to be educated as to the difference between garbage collection and recycling, and I think we’re making headway with that,” he said.

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