Growing local business

Three local businesses grow and add jobs with help from the Meigs County Revolving Loan Fund

Staff Report

MEIGS COUNTY — Two new locally owned businesses will open this fall, and a third well known and respected business will continue to grow with help from the Meigs County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).

These small business projects will add 12 new jobs in our county, according to a news release from Meigs County Economic Development Director Perry Varnadoe.

Munchkin City Day Care has recently opened and will provide day care services in the county, revitalizing a vacant building in Middleport.

“Meigs County is a great place to live and raise our children, and we are grateful to be able to help in that process for working families in this county,” said Munchkin City owners Josh and Serena Larsen.

Uplift Fitness will soon open in Pomeroy, filling a vacant building on Main Street with a 24 hour fitness center.

“The Revolving Loan Fund filled a financial gap that allowed my start-up to become exactly what I envisioned it to be. The resources the RLF provided to Uplift Fitness was the difference between just trying to get by and doing things the right way. Thank you to the Meigs County Economic Development Office for allow us to put our plan into action and set forth to become a blessing to our community.” said Chase Jenkins, owner of Uplift Fitness.

Bartee Photography, a locally owned success story, is growing as well.

“After a period of unexpected and rapid growth of our business we needed to acquire new equipment to serve our new customers. The RLF enabled us to acquire the capital we needed to grow our business and we are very excited to be the next success story from the RLF,” said Brandon Bartee. The Bartees chose to invest in downtown Pomeroy for their office and production facility.

The Revolving Loan Fund, administered by the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation, is designed to help small, locally owned businesses grow in Meigs County. A total of 21 businesses have used the program over the last four years, leading to over 70 jobs in the community.

“Small business is the fabric and economic heartbeat of our community,” said Perry Varnadoe of the Meigs County Economic Development Office. “There are many barriers facing small business so we want this program to encourage them to grow right here in Meigs County.”

For more information on the RLF contact Brenda Roush at 740-992-3034.

Three local businesses grow and add jobs with help from the Meigs County Revolving Loan Fund

Staff Report