Manitou Businesses Affected by Flash Flooding Get Much Needed Help

Several businesses in Manitou Springs that were damaged in last summer's flooding are getting a financial boost from the Pikes Peak United Way and the state of Colorado.

The grants are part of the Manitou Springs Small Business Flood Recovery Fund, established in May of this year. The funds are being provided by the United Way and the state of Colorado.

Grant recipients were chosen by a volunteer committee made up of people from the business communities in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. They reviewed 14 applications.

Nine businesses were chosen to receive grants. They are as follows:

ADAMS MOUNTAIN CAFE: $10,000 for boiler replacement and parking lot repair

BRIARHURST MANOR: $15,000 for frontage cleanup and repair of parking lot and landscaping

GLASS BLOWERS: $10,000 for flood mitigation, bridge repair and inventory replacement

NUTS AND CANDIES: $10,000 for repair of entrance and flooring as well as inventory replacement

MANITOU COMMONWHEEL: $15,000 for repair/replacement of equipment and for marketing

P.P. INN: $10,000 for flood wall replacement/repair

TAJINE ALAMI MOROCCAN RESTAURANT: $10,000 for repair/replacement of the furnace, as well as areas affected by water damage

SILVER SPARROW BEADS: $5,000 for relocation costs

PARK ROW LODGE: $5,000 for repair of retaining wall

Lone Duck Campground in Chipita Park also received $10,000 to repair buildings, cabins, and to replace a washer and dryer. The campground was chosen to receive funds because the committee found that it "greatly contributes" to Manitou's economy.

“Helping small businesses recover from last year’s flooding is essential to restoring the economy in Manitou Springs, and Pikes Peak United Way has used a very creative approach,” Governor John Hickenlooper said in a news release. “Efforts like the Manitou Springs Small Business Flood Recovery Fund show that, by working together, we can build a stronger, better and more resilient Colorado.”

Businesses had to meet the following criteria in order to qualify for a piece of the $100,000 grant money:

-Were headquartered in Manitou Springs prior to September 2013
-Employ more than two but less than 100 employees
-Operated as a viable business for at least six months prior to September 2013, as demonstrated by financial statements and references
-Maintain a current status on state and federal taxes and is in good standing in Colorado and the state of formation, if different
-Demonstrate impact by the flood and the need for assistance in order for business to return to viability