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Business facelift: 2 firms receive signage grants through Port Authority

Temporary signage at Backwoods Framing & Engraving has outlasted its 90-day grace period from the city, but the company is set to get new signage this year with the aid of the Port Authority sign awning facade program. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia

The Red Wing Port Authority has approved sign awning facade grant applications for local businesses Backwoods Framing and Engraving and River City Car Wash.

Each business will receive $2,500 to cover the cost of design and installation of new signage. Funds will be distributed after the project is complete.

Business Development Manager Shari Chorney said there is still $20,000 left to distribute in the form of grants for local businesses who wish to update their signage. The process is conducted through a written application and the funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

"The Port Authority is here to enhance the economic development of the city of Red Wing," said Chorney. "This is a great financial incentive to offer businesses to better their existing location with new signage, new awning and new facades — and it's a grant which is something we're not always able to do. This is big."

The Port Authority also offers business support and loans to businesses of any size or level of development.

"Keep us in mind for your business — small, medium and large," Chorney said.

Details about the sign and awning program and entrepreneurial loan fund can be found on the Port Authority website: