Thirtyone local businesses were awarded COVID-19 relief grant funds to reimburse payroll costs, operational expenses, health & safety expenses, and technology purchases incurred between March 2020 — March 2021, totaling $284,750. Twelve of the businesses were located within the North Vernon city limits, and the other nineteen were located throughout the county.

The COVID-19 DRAG recipients include: Accuracy Unlimited Firearms, Archery & Range, LLC; The Bohemian Café, LLC; Brick Street Restaurant; Carmer Trucking; Concept Tool & Engineering; Day & Son Backhoe and Trenching; Mr. Beefy’s food trailer; Ebbing Auto Parts, Inc.; Eden Salon & Spa stylist; Furniture & Things; The Hayden Hub, Inc.; Hearne Vision Care, LLC; Hoosier Home Furnishings; Hypnotic Hair Studio; Imagination Graphics; JT Sealcoating & Striping; Lakeside Wood Fire Pizza; Lumberjack’s Bar & Grill; Maschino Industries, Inc; Ms. Lesley’s Daycare & Preschool; Miss Piggy’s food trailer; P&Y Farm Fresh Market, LLC; Railroad City Auction; Rockey Top Truck Stop; Ruddick Stables, LLC; Scott A. Terry, DDS, PC; Serendipity Antiques; Spring Fever Custom Calls; Stream Cliff Farm Restaurant; Stream Cliff Farm Winery; Wheeler Equine Services.

Funding for the COVID-19 DRAG program is made possible through the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs COVID-19 Response funds. This state program awarded $250,000 to the City of North Vernon and $250,000 to Jennings County to offer small business grants of up to $10,000 per business. The local grant program has completed three rounds facilitated by the Jennings County Economic Development Commission and in partnership with the Jennings County Commissioners and City of North Vernon.

If you are a small business owner who was impacted in some manner by COVID, another round of relief grants is NOW OPEN for applications through the month of October.

The application is available online at Interested businesses may also contact the JCEDC office with questions or to request an application via email ( or telephone (812-346-2388). Funds are limited, so please apply today!

Matt Sporleder, President of the Jennings County Commissioners, and Mayor Mike Ochs of the City of North Vernon would like to thank everyone at the Jennings County Economic Development Commission, including Kathy Ertel, Executive Director; Anna Walker, Special Projects Coordinator; the JCEDC Board of Directors, as well as Judy Ertel, volunteer grant advisor; grant review committee members; the Jennings County Auditor’s office; City of North Vernon Clerk-Treasurer, Shawn Gerkin; and most importantly, the agency providing these funds, the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs.