Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced today that the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) awarded $150,000 in grants to help 23 small businesses in the City of Syracuse adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The winter round of SEDCO COVID-19 grants will assist businesses in 13 different city neighborhoods.

“Just as many of our small businesses were regaining momentum, the change of seasons brought with it a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus and new threats to our business community. These SEDCO grants will help City businesses adapt to the challenges of pandemic in the winter months,” said Mayor Walsh. “Small businesses are the life blood of our local economy but they are also the most at risk from the impact of the pandemic. I’m grateful to the SEDCO board for answering the call once again.”

SEDCO’s awards will fund a wide range of investments by businesses, including: supplies, equipment and enclosures for outdoor dining; technology and marketing for takeout and online commerce; air purification, HVAC systems and UV lighting for air filtration and advanced sanitization; and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of staff and customers. Awards ranged in size from $1,800 to $9,150.

Award recipients include a variety of business types. Eighteen (18) of the 23 recipients were restaurants, cafes and eateries. Other awardees include a child care service, a lead inspection company, a retail store, a theater, and a medical transportation business. Ten of the recipients are minority or women-owned businesses. 

The full list of grant recipients is below:

Alimentos Restaurant d/b/a Francesca’s Cucina

Anything But Beer, LLC

ASJJM Inc (Wheeler’s Restaurant)

Daycind LLC d/b/a Kitty Hoynes

Eva’s European Sweets LLC

Funk ‘n Waffles 2 LLC

Guleyso Learning Childcare

Karen’s Catering of Syracuse d/b/a Attilio’s Restaurant

La Roasteria Inc.

Lead Safe LLC

Limp Lizard

Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Café

PB&J’s Lunch Box LLC

Pita Dream

Pronto Fresh, Inc.

Safe Care LLC

Strong Hearts Café

The Sweet Praxis

Westcott, Inc. (Westcott Theater)

Wildflowers Armory, Inc.

Wunderbar Syracuse LLC

Ye Old Clipper Tavern

ZDB Holdings Inc. (Champs Pizzeria & Fish Fry

The SEDCO Winter COVID-19 Grant Program is the second major SEDCO small business support program during the pandemic.  The Corporation provided support totaling $510,217 to small businesses in the spring. To receive information on future SEDCO grant and loan programs, send an email to

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