Programs Overview

Come Together Mason E-Gift Card Program Mason Small Business Forgivable Loan Program Mason Small Business Service Agreement Mason Sewer Fee Waiver for June & $50 E-Gift Card City of Mason and MADECDC Small Business Recovery Initiative
July 15th Update The Come Together Mason E-Gift Card is now accepted at 74 Mason businesses. Since its launch, more than 2,070 gift cards have been redeemed to purchase $74,526 in goods and services. The Small Business Forgivable Loan Program had 91 applicants. We were able to award $425,000 to 67 Mason small businesses through the forgivable loan program within 5 weeks of receiving their application. During the application period, our Small Business Recovery team received 50 applications for the Small Business Service Agreement Program. After a review of applicants, 40 businesses were awarded $40,000 within 5 weeks of applying. On June 23, the City of Mason sent out 7,000 $50 gift cards to Mason sewer customers. Of the 2,070 gift cards redeemed at local businesses, 1,771 came through this program, totaling $56,000. The City purchased $3,500 in vouchers from 42 businesses totaling $150,500 through the City of Mason and MADE CDC Small Business Recovery Initiative. Vouchers will be distributed throughout the community, providing additional purchase incentive at these businesses.
Program Description Designed to provide a flexible gift card that can be purchased on-line and accepted at multiple Mason small businesses. Businesses must sign up to be eligible to accept. Designed to provide immediate assistance to cover critical business operational expenses not covered by other business assistance programs. Provides $1,000 to qualifying small businesses in exchange for a customized service agreement partnership with the City of Mason. Offers expense relief by waiving sewer fees for Mason businesses and residents for the July billing statement due in August. In addition, all customers will receive a Come Together Mason E-Gift Card in the amount of $50 to spend with local small businesses. Designed to provide up to $3,500 in cash to Mason small businesses in exchange for 50% off stimulus vouchers that are valid between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
Eligibility Located within City of Mason limits

Retail or consumer-oriented

Located within City of Mason limits

Fewer than 50 employees

Retail or consumer-oriented

Less than $1 million in payroll

May also apply for Service Partnership

Located within City of Mason limits

Fewer than 50 employees

Retail or consumer-oriented

May also apply for Small Business Forgivable Loan Program

Located within the City of Mason limits and use sewer services provided through the city by Greater Cincinnati Water Works. Located within City of Mason limits

Fewer than 50 employees

Retail or consumer-oriented

Funds Available Signing up allows businesses to accept the $50 Come Together Mason E-Gift Cards, which are being distributed to all residents and businesses totaling $500,000 in distributed e-gift cards. Up to $2,500-$15,000

Application open June 1-10

Formula based on payroll calculation equal to one to three years, based on years of service. Based on demand and availability. Businesses may only receive one award.

Up to $1,000

Application open June 1-10

Qualifying businesses may receive one award.

Sewer fee services on the July billing statement will be waived and customers will receive a $50 E-Gift Card to use with a local business. Up to $3,500

Application open May 19-26

Stimulus vouchers will be purchased by the MADECDC and distributed by the City of Mason.

Repayment/ Forgiveness N/A Forgiven if business continues to operate within the City of Mason one to two years from loan award.
Otherwise, loan is required to be repaid within six months, but with no interest.
N/A N/A N/A
Funding and Management Funded by the City of Mason

Offered through the Yiftee on-line platform

Funded by the City of Mason

Offered through the City of Mason Community Investment Corporation (CIC)

Funded by the City of Mason

Offered through the City of Mason Community Investment Corporation (CIC)

Funded by the City of Mason Funded by the City of Mason

Offered through the MADE Community Development Corporation (CDC)