Paragould business receives grant during pandemic

Updated: Jun. 16, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - A Greene County business received an Arkansas 30 Day Fund Grant worth $2,500 that will help them keep their doors open.

The Main Dish in Paragould applied for the grant in May and received confirmation last week they had been approved.

Owner Lisa Sipes met with Sarah Huckabee Sanders through a Zoom meeting. Sanders founded the nonprofit grant. It works to assist small businesses in need of protecting jobs.

She complimented Sipes’s home-cooked style of food.

“I was overwhelmed, tears come to my eyes," Sipes said. "I thanked God for the blessing. None of this is possible, The Main Dish wouldn’t have been possible, without God leading us and guiding us in the right way.”

Sipes says the money will keep her from raising the price of food for her customers.

She hopes other small businesses will apply for help, too.

“I encourage all of you, chase every little detail you may get someone suggests because you never know,” she says. “It may be that one grant or that one loan that keeps your business doors open.”

The Main Dish serves roughly 50 to 75 people a day. She says she’s thankful to her customers for their business.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” she says. “If it wasn’t for y’all, we wouldn’t have our doors open.”

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