Visits to two of Amery’s new gems, The Schweet Stop and Brew & Sip were on Gov. Tony Evers’ agenda as he celebrated National Economic Development Week in Wisconsin.
Brew & Sip opened last year in South Amery and recently moved downtown to Center Street behind Outside In. Years ago the location was a laundry mat and it was recently renovated.
The Schweet Stop has opened a second location in Amery following the success of its original location in Baldwin. They are located in the former Sports & More spot, after the sporting goods store moved to the front of the building after the Countryside petrol station closed.
The governor spent the week highlighting several new investments and projects across the state that support Wisconsin’s economic development and growth. A recent analysis of state allocations showed that as a share of federal aid Wisconsin receives, the state ranks second in the nation in economic development aid and first in the nation. for business support.
On May 10, the Governor, along with WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, hosted a La Crosse press conference at La Crosse Promise, a local non-profit organization and recipient of funding through the Governor Evers Main Street Bounceback grant program. During the press conference, Governor Evers announced he would invest an additional $25 million in the popular and successful Main Street Bounceback grants program, which has already helped more than 4,200 small businesses, including Brew & Sip and The Schweet Stop and non-profit organizations in all fields. 72 Wisconsin counties. This brings the governor’s total investment in the program to $75 million, which will allow an additional 2,500 small businesses and nonprofits to fill empty storefronts across the state.
Jessica and Tiffany Schmidt, owners of The Schweet Stop, said they were humbled and honored to have Governor Evers and Ms Hughes choose their little confectionery as a stop on their tour of businesses that have received the Main Street Bounce back grant. They thought it was wonderful to meet the team and show how these funds have helped grow their business and our community. “We are truly grateful for this opportunity,” they said.
Tania Santiag, Owner of Brew and Sip, said: “I am so honored to be part of the Main Street Bounce Back Grant. Thanks to Hughes and Evers for giving me the opportunity to develop my dream (business). I am very grateful that Brew and Sip have been recognized.
Amery has been successful with the efforts of the Bounceback grant program. One of the requirements for the Main Street Bounce Back grant is an acknowledgment letter from an organization such as the Amery Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). AEDC provided 29 letters of acknowledgment to businesses in the Amery community that meet the criteria for the grant. 21 companies have successfully obtained the grant and the remaining eight applicants are in the process of obtaining approval. Many of these entrepreneurs were opening businesses while our main street was still torn apart. Paul Shafer, Executive Director of AEDC, said, “I applaud their entrepreneurial spirit and am very happy that AEDC can help them in some way to secure a grant to help them to grow the Amery business community.
“This week, I had the pleasure of visiting great corporations to learn how our state’s investments in economic development have helped people take their organizations and businesses to the next level,” the governor said. Evers. “Whether it’s investing in the well-being of our state’s small businesses, including through our state’s small business stimulus grant programs, or supporting the growth of organizations that contribute to the success of some of Wisconsin’s largest and most important industries, we continue to see the value of investing in Wisconsin ingenuity and innovation. This week has been the perfect opportunity to see those efforts bear fruit in communities across our state.
Other stops included visits to the cities of Verona, La Crosse, Bayfield, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Marinette and Menomonee Falls.