Vienna Businesses Lobby for $250K Grant
Maple Ave Restaurant and Maverick Mosaics are asking for your support.
Two small businesses in Vienna are gunning to win a $250,000 grant awarded by Living Social and Chase.
The grant program, called "Mission: Small Business," will award up to 12 $250,000 grants to small businesses across the country. The campaign is also supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
What would this grant mean for your business?
Joey Hernandez (Maple Ave): "The idea for Maple Ave was born many years ago as our dream. We knew that the journey to our dream of opening a restaurant was tough but we both wanted to at least try to accomplish it. We opened our doors in August 2009 and so far we have had a great journey. The 250K grant would mean that Maple Ave could expand into a second location within the area."
Bonnie Fitzergerald (Maverick Mosaics): "We would use the money to move to a more appropriate studio space (ideally in Vienna), where we can do both our teaching and commission work — right now I run between two locations. We will expand our "Legacy Program", working with local schools to develop programs similiar to what I have done at Marshall Roads Elementary (Vienna), Hunters Woods Elementay (Reston), Churchill Road Elementary (McLean) — children creating legacy works of public art. We expand our teaching program and HIRE additional staff, ideally local talent. I encourage everyone to look over BOTH of our web-sites to learn more about our company." http://www.maverickmosaics.com/ and http://www.bonniefitzgeraldart.com/
How can the community help you win?
In order for each of these applications to be considered for the $250,000 grant, each business needs to get 250 votes on the "Mission: Small Business" website. To cast your vote, follow these steps:
2. Click on LOG IN AND SUPPORT
3. Log in
4. Type "Maple Ave Restaurant" or "Maverick Mosaics" under business name
5. Choose state: Virginia
6. Choose city: Vienna