Boone County News Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Randy Cole
Housing Programs Manager
Community Development Department, Housing Programs Division, City of Columbia
Phone: (573) 874-6321

Boone County Contracts with City of Columbia on CARES Act Small Business Funding Administration

November 24, 2020 – The County of Boone and the City of Columbia are pleased to announce an award of $495,000 in funding to provide financial support to locally-owned small businesses in Boone County. Funding for the countywide program represents an agreement between the City of Columbia and the Boone County Commission to assist locally-owned small businesses struggling with interruptions in operations due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The City of Columbia’s experience in administering a small business assistance program has given the Commission confidence in its ability to administer these funds in a transparent, accountable, and fiscally-responsible manner. Administration of the funding will be through the City of Columbia Housing Programs Division.

Grants of up to $10,000 per business will be available for businesses with 49 or fewer employees.  Businesses must be locally owned with at least 51% of ownership residing in Boone County. The application portal is anticipated to be open only two days, December 3-4, 2020. Interested businesses can register a username and password in the portal by visiting:  

An informational session will be held December 1, 2020, at 8:00pm via Zoom.  Please register for the informational session through the following link:


The Government of Boone County, Missouri employs over 500 people and serves more than 162,642 citizens across 691 square miles by administering and enforcing state and local laws, collecting taxes, assessing property, maintaining roads, conducting elections, recording public documents, and much more.