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Mayor Johnson Announces New Programs to Support Minority-Owned Small Businesses, Funded by Galvan Foundation

July 15, 2020 - Mayor Kamal Johnson announced that the city will be providing $50,000 in grants to minority-owned small businesses and free technical assistance to minority entrepreneurs. The City is coordinating the technical assistance program, which is expected to include support with business planning, marketing, accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, website development, and financing.

The programs are made possible by a $100,000 grant from Galvan Foundation to the City. In addition, Galvan announced plans to partner with the City to create a $1 million revolving loan fund to provide low-interest loans to minority-owned businesses in Hudson and Columbia County.

“As mayor, my highest priority is bringing equity to our city. That means improving access to health care and housing, as well as making sure that entrepreneurs of color can successfully start and grow businesses. The programs we are announcing today will help our businesses get through these unprecedented times and thrive in the years to come,” said Mayor Johnson.

“Hudson’s business community has been hit hard by COVID-19, and for minority-owned businesses, the crisis is one more obstacle that they must overcome. We are pleased to partner with Mayor Johnson to provide immediate funding and long-term support to the small businesses that need it most,” said Dan Kent, Galvan Foundation’s vice president of initiatives.

Interested businesses should apply now. For more information, contact Michael Chameides at

  • Application Link:
  • Submit grant by Sunday Aug 2, 11:59 PM
  • Both existing and new businesses are eligible to apply
  • Grants are up to $10,000
  • If you prefer to submit a paper copy. Address to:

    Michael Chameides
    Mayor's Office
    520 Warren Street
    Hudson, NY 12534

    Mail or place in Dropbox at City Hall.

    If mailing, the application must be received by August 3.

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