Seventy-six Pierce County businesses received grants through the Working Washington Small Business Grant (WWSBEG) program, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) announced.

“We are pleased to partner with the state, the Tacoma Urban League, and many other partners to offer these much-needed funds to companies that are working hard to stay in business during these historically difficult times,” Bruce Kendall, CEO of the EDB, said in a release.

The grants range from $3,433 to $10,000 and may be used to cover operational expenses such as rent and utilities. The companies receiving awards employ no more than 10 people and were drawn from a pool of more than 4,000 Pierce County applications.

“Small businesses are job generators and product and service providers, and they provide the unique character of our downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in a release. “While we know there is much more to do, these Working Washington grants are designed to support them during this challenging time on the road to recovery.”

The grant recipients are in 16 cities and unincorporated Pierce County and represent a wide range of industries including health care, retail, restaurants, salons, childcare, manufacturing, education, and more. Grantees include 47 companies owned by women, 23 owned by minorities, 12 owned by veterans, and one that is tribal-owned. To see the full list of grant recipients, click here.

For more information about the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program, please go to www.edbTacomaPierce.org/wwsbeg.