DCDC microgrants go to three local businesses

Courtesy of DCDC — Triple M Farm owners Greg and Mariah Anderson have been providing central Illinois residents fresh vegetables and mums since 2009. Funds provided by the DCDC microgrant will allow the couple to fast-track infrastructure expansion of their vertically-grown strawberries, extending their season into early fall.

Grants will help business expand operations

CLINTON — Three DeWitt County businesses, Triple M Farm, R&S Collision and C&P Custom Printing, recently received needed funding to complete business-related projects to enhance their operations.

The funding, made available through the DeWitt County Development Council’s (DCDC) Microgrant program, totaled $22,500.

“We’re extremely pleased to offer grants to these exceptional businesses located right here in DeWitt County,” said Curt Homann, vice president, DCDC. “We were so impressed by these businesses and the contributions they’re already making to the local economy, the DCDC board voted in favor of granting the full amount requested by each business. We know these grants will go a long way to helping these business owners continue to grow and positively benefit our county and economy.”

“We are honored to be selected as a recipient of the DCDC grant,” said Triple M Farm co-owner Mariah Dale-Anderson.

“The grant funds will be used to fast-track infrastructure expansion of our vertically-grown strawberry operations. This expansion will allow us to extend our growing season, improve our efficiency, and increase our overall strawberry production. The support of the DCDC will ultimately allow us to provide our county with extended access to locally-grown strawberries from late June until early October.”

Similar to Triple M Farm’s plans to use funds for infrastructure investments, R&S Collision will utilize grant funds to complete the addition of a paint booth; C&P Custom Printing will use grant funds purchase a specialty printer which will allow them to print on a variety of new substrates.

“This grant should allow us to double our output which step up production in our shop immensely and will allow us to bring our other son into the business,” said Rodney Price, owner, R&S Collision. “And, as a business, we spend money here in the community, too, so we’re keeping the money right here in our community.”

“We’re thrilled to be a recipient of this grant,” said Meghan Morge, co-owner, C&P Custom Printing. “We have had numerous requests for the types of products we will be able to create with our new printer, and we are excited to expand on the items that customers can buy locally.”

While these are the first awards for DCDC’s Microgrant program, plans are in place to continue the program on an annual basis.

• Photos of all the microgrant recipients are in the Friday, May 7 print edition of the Clinton Journal and can also be viewed now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

About DeWitt County Development Council

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