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Two Stevens Point Businesses Awarded $10,000 Backing Small Businesses Enhancement Grant through Amer

On Tuesday, June 25, American Express and Main Street America announced the grant
recipients for the Backing Small Businesses Grant Program. Two Downtown Stevens Point
businesses, Bound to Happen Books and PROCESS, were among the winners.
Both businesses intend to use these funds to better meet the needs of their customers and the
broader community. Bound to Happen Books will finish renovating their shipping and receiving
room and boost their online presence to reach a larger audience. PROCESS will bring in new
inventory specifically from Native producers, in alignment with their mission to create a Native
market space. Both businesses are mission driven, meaning the increased revenue from these
business improvements will allow them to give more back to their communities.
American Express and Main Street America today announced the 500 small business owners
who have been awarded $10,000 through the Backing Small Businesses grant program. The
program’s 2024 grant recipients represent U.S. small businesses across all 50 states, plus D.C.
and Puerto Rico. Later this year, grantees will have the opportunity to apply for an additional
$30,000 enhancement grant that will be awarded to 25 small businesses.
Since launching in 2021, Backing Small Businesses has provided over $9 million in grants to
1,180 small business owners nationwide. American Express and Main Street America initially
created the grant program to help economically vulnerable small business owners recover from
the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their businesses.
This program is part of American Express’ “Backing Small” initiative to provide financial support
and resources to small business owners experiencing economic hardships. Other Backing
Small grant programs include Backing Historic Small Restaurants and Backing International
Small Restaurants. Backing Small is an extension of American Express’ longstanding
commitment to support small independent businesses globally, including through its Shop Small
movement and Small Business Saturday campaign, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

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