The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 45 award recipients of its 2014 Small Business Incentive Program last week. A $30,000 contribution from Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) to support the program was presented at the chamber’s Business Expo Network Tri-Cities Luncheon Oct. 22.
For a fourth consecutive year, WRPS and the chamber partnered to support and strengthen local small businesses by awarding the grants which can be used toward websites, software, or training and/or equipment.
“Washington River Protection Solutions believes it’s important to strengthen the small businesses in the Tri-Cities area,” said Melissa Garrard, senior procurement specialist at WRPS. “We are pleased to support our local economy through this program.”
Grant applicants were encouraged to “think outside the box” when thinking of items their businesses needed to succeed. Carrie Smith, owner of Fit for Me, applied for and was awarded a new heart defibrillator, an essential component for any fitness center. “I am so grateful for this amazing resource for my growing business,” said Smith. “The Small Business Incentive Program has helped strengthen my business and my peace of mind.”