The ORA Local Restaurant Alliance Cleveland Alliance hosted a committee meeting with restaurateurs on Thursday, July 14, 2017. There were 14 restaurateurs in attendance; the event was held at Stone Mad Pub.
Kevin Schmotzer, executive of Small Business Development at the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Kevin’s presentation was focused on two programs in the City of Cleveland: the Municipal Small Business Initiative, which provides low-interest or recoverable grant loans and the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program, which is unique to Cleveland. The Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program provides financial assistance to locally-owned business and specifically lends to restaurants, which is uncommon nationwide.