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Local Businesses Vie for Chase Main Street Grants

Eleven Nyack Businesses are competing with companies across the country for 20 $150,000 small business grants from Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants program. And you are only a click away from casting a vote to help them reach the next round of the competition. But don’t delay — voting ends on Friday Oct 17.

ChaseMissionMainStGrant201410Five of the Nyack nominees have already received the 250 votes required to enter the next phase of the program where each application will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Winners will receive a $150,000 grant, a Google Chromebook, a trip to Google’s California headquarters and $2000 credit toward running a Google consumer survey, will be announced in January 2015.

Here are the Nyack businesses that have applied for a Mission Main Street Grant, sorted alphabetically by the second letter of their name:

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Dapper Pet Grooming and Pet Supplies

[column size=”one-half” last=”true”]37 New York 59[/column]

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Maria Luisa

[column size=”one-half” last=”true”]77 South Broadway,[/column]

Throughout my 28 years in business here in Nyack, I have been active in the local community, continuously supporting our nonprofit organizations and their works in so many fields.

Just recently, for example, I have joined with the Rockland Community Foundation in establishing a Scholarship Fund that, using a need-based criteria, will recognize graduating female high school students. At our shops, our core customers continually recognize that unwavering commitment to community, as well as our support of other small businesses demonstrated by my longtime efforts in featuring merchandise from suppliers with ethical, eco-friendly practices. These efforts are becoming more formalized with the launch of the MariaLuisa/GlobalLocal Initiative, which expands our support of sustainable companies and artists and partners it with our commitment to raising funds for local nonprofits. Winning the Mission Main Street grant would provide us with the funds to secure the proper technology and tools to increase our customer reach, thus increasing our giving potential. Giving back is key.

— Maria Luisa Whittingham

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Renew Collision Center *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]33B Route 59,[/column]

Renew Collision Center is a small auto restoration business. We service high quality auto restoration for historical vintage classic cars. This $150,000 grant will help my business substantially, by enabling us to grow to its full potential. Please help Renew Collision Center get to the next level of Chase‚Äôs Mission Main Street Grant qualifications. Thanks for your support — Our business is only 50 votes away from being qualified to move to the next level of the grant application!

— Benoj

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Velo Bistro-Wine Bar *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]12 North Broadway,[/column]

We are thankful to be part of such a phenomenal community where we truly enjoy going to work everyday. We love what we do and can use this grant for a multitude of reasons. Thank you everyone for your amazing support over the years!

— Teresa

ps: It’s really cool Nyack has so many entries!

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New Fronteras: Counseling, Psychotherapy, & Behavioral Consulting Services


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We are a community based organization which provides behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and human service organizations. Overall, there is a lack of outpatient behavioral health services in Rockland County. In addition, many of the current service providers or organizations available do not accept insurance, do not offer services in Spanish, lack cultural competence, and/or lack the professional staff to comprehensively address the sometimes complex presenting issues of those seeking services. We wanted and have successfully filled that need by providing quality and evidenced based services to the Rockland County community. Your vote will help us compete for a grant that would allow us to expand and improve our services by providing us with the necessary infrastructure, psychological materials, equipment, software, and ability to create jobs to support that growth.

— Edwardo J. Rodriguez, PhD, LMHC

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Mind Body Soul Oil *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]99 Main Street Suite 509,[/column]

Mind Body Soul Oil is an all natural essential oil formula for personal care. In four years, it has proven itself to be exceptionally effective to a growing, loyal family of customers in the Rockland area and we hope to extend its sales to the rest of the country. Sufferers who’ve tried our product continue to express the deepest gratitude for its development and with the help of the Chase Mission Main Street grant we could simply do more to reach many others.

— Dan Mintz

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Fitness Kickboxing

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]53 Hudson Avenue Suite 103,[/column]

At Fitness Kickboxing we believe in building from our community out. As we help our clients, and special needs groups increase Strength, endurance, and flexibility all while building confidence and educating then about healthy lifestyle. What better feeling is there besides taking pride in our town and county?

— Carrie and Amir

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GoAway Travel, Inc. *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]South Nyack,[/column]

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NS Wasserstein & Associates, PLLC *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]Upper Nyack,[/column]

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Nyack Fencing Academy *

[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]40 Lydecker St,

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Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar

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* These business have yet to receive 250 votes needed to qualify for the next round. Voting ends on Friday Oct 18.

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