JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Some big news for local businesses here in North Carolina. Applications for phase two of the Business Recovery Grant program will be launched on May 2.

This means that companies that did not qualify in the first round of applications can now apply. Some of these types of businesses include gyms, hair salons, and pharmacies.

“To be honest, I had no idea how we were going to get there,” said Beth Saroka, CEO and owner of Onslow Fitness Center.

Like many other types of businesses on this eligibility list, gyms have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“I really didn’t know if the club was going to survive. Over 25% of clubs in the United States closed, they didn’t survive,” Saroka said.

Onslow Fitness Center has been around since the early 1980s, but nothing could have prepared them for the challenges the pandemic has brought.

“If we qualify to apply, we will,” Saroka said.

The gym did not qualify in the first phase, but got help from the Pay Protection Program. Now they are grateful that these funds are available for those who may need them.

“I just hope this helps some businesses that are currently on the verge of surviving or not surviving, hopefully they can get the money they need to move forward and survive,” he said. said Saroka.

Those who apply and are approved can get up to 20% of their economic loss or $500,000.

“I think the point is to give other businesses the opportunity to apply and get some of that economic relief that those businesses so badly need to suffer during the pandemic,” the assistant secretary for administration said. fiscal, Anthony Edwards.

Click here to see full information on eligibility requirements and how you can apply.