Many Stamford COVID grants go to businesses owned by women, minorities

STAMFORD — About two thirds of the small businesses set to receive a COVID-19 relief grant from the city are owned by women or minorities, and Stamford’s director of economic development said it’s a result of outreach efforts.

Indigo Wellness Group, which offers acupuncture treatment, massage therapy, nutrition counseling and other services at an office in the city’s downtown, is one of the 120 women- and/or minority-owned businesses that will receive a roughly $8,000 grant, pending completion of final paperwork.

“COVID was really a rough time,” said the business’ owner, Sarah Swanberg, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. “There were moments of not thinking we were gonna make it through that time. We touch people for a living, and it was not a good time to be doing that.” 

But her business managed to stay afloat, she said. Now, the grant from the city will help “create a little bit of a cushion” in case of future crises, Swanberg said.


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