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US (NY): Urban Fields Agriculture bags $5000 funding for farm expansion

Optimum Business and the LIA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Long Island Association, have announced the winners of its L.O.C.A.L. Small Business Grants, which will directly fund 50 small businesses across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Each small business will receive a $5,000 grant "to help support their growth and long-term success while further expanding and contributing to the prosperity of the communities where they serve," according to a written statement.

Among the featured grant recipients are Hydrangea Home, a home decor and lifestyle shop that will use their funds to purchase handmade items from local artisans and create art to benefit the Lewis Oliver Farm Sanctuary, a local animal protection organization; Urban Fields Agriculture in Holbrook, a vertical farming company hoping to expand its business; Lighthouse Mental Health Counseling Services in Valley Stream, a mental health practice working towards creating a summer enrichment program for area residents; and A&S Sports in Westbury, a sports card and memorabilia store that plans to use their grant funds to replace signage and inventory.

"Investing in the growth of small businesses not only fuels economic prosperity but also nurtures innovation and resilience within our communities," Andrew Rainone, senior vice president of National Sales at Optimum, said in the statement. "Optimum Business is proud of its rewarding partnership with the LIA, which supports and honors small businesses across Long Island and contributes to their sustained success for the months and years to come. On behalf of Optimum Business, we congratulate the 50 grant winners and look forward to watching the businesses succeed and continue making a lasting impact on their communities throughout Long Island."

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