A Richmond health care company gave nine East End startups an infusion of cash Tuesday.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System doled out $50,000 as part of its Supporting East End Entrepreneurship (SEED) grant program. The company also announced that it is extending the SEED program for two more years, with plans to give out $75,000 in 2014 and another $75,000 in 2015.
The program is designed to stimulate economic growth in the East End. Since it began the program in 2011, Bon Secours has given a total of $150,000 to 14 East End businesses.
Of the nine recipients this year, three had received money from the program in years past. They all had 23223 as their Zip code, as is required to participate in the program.
In addition to funding, SEED participants receive business guidance from LISC and Blueberry Marketing.
The number of applications has risen each year, with 21 applicants submitting business plans for SEED consideration in 2013. The winners were chosen by a panel that includes representatives from Bon Secours, LISC, Presence Health, Virginia Community Capital and the governor’s office, as well as a VCU professor and Church Hill residents.
This year’s SEED recipients are:
• Hunter Robertson, Gillian Field and Shawn Tunstall, Union Market, a market and delicatessen planned for 2306 Jefferson Ave.
• Ian Newell, Goatocado, a food truck
• Christine and Jennifer Haines, Wood Grain & Lace, a wedding/event planner moving to 602 N. 29th St.
• Rachel and Sarah Kellman, KL Fashions, a retailer with a storefront at 2709 E. Marshall St.
• Brett Eastman, Cyclus Bike Shop, a bicycle repair shop at 2225 E. Clay St.
• Kendra Feather and David Rohrer, WPA Bakery, a bakery at 2707 E. Marshall St. (second-time participants)
• Jodi Burton, J. Burton Hauling and Disposal, a hauling & disposal service (third-time participant)