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Thousands of dollars going to local businesses

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Thousands of dollars in grants are going to help some local businesses revitalize Richmond's east end.

Take a drive through Richmond's east end, empty buildings show just how businesses have suffered in the down economy, but things are changing. Allan Grey co-owns All-Around Painting. He just received a few thousand dollars to go towards new supplies and a truck.

"It was wonderful.  By the grace of God, it was a blessing," he said.

The grant is through Bon Secours' SEED (Supporting Ease End Entrepreneurship Development) program. The main requirements to receive funding are that the business must be good for the community, locally owned and in the east end.

"Health is very holistic.  It's not just your physical health but it's your spiritual, your emotional and your business health," says Sister Ann Marie Mack who works in the SEED program.

About seven businesses split the $58,000 grant including Proper Pie Co. in Church Hill.  The owners hope to open this week.   Husband and wife team Neal Smith and Nikki Price received about $7,000 to go toward marketing.

"I mean there are challenges all the way but that's part of the enjoyment of doing your own business as well," says Smith.

It's money sure to ease the financial sacrifice that goes along with pursuing this kind of dream.

"My passion in life has always been painting, a brush and a roller so this is definitely a blessing of where I need to be," says Grey.

Other start up businesses that benefited from this grant include a restaurant, a vintage shop and another bakery.

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