Updated, Feb. 18
NORWALK, Conn. Do you take your children downtown to play games at My Three Sons Family Fun Center? You may be pleased to hear that the popular Norwalk arcade will be buying new equipment soon.
The Wall Street arcade, owned by Petrini Six Enterprises, will receive a state Small Business Express Program grant to expand the business, according to a statement from the governor's office. Petrini Six Enterprises will use the $50,000 grant to purchase new equipment that will increase customers and revenue.
Jerry Petrini of Petrini Six Enterprises is a Republican member of the Common Council.
EXP was created as a part of the bipartisan jobs bill that was passed during the legislature's October special session. "The grant award means news jobs in Norwalk," state Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said in the statement. "My Three Sons is a popular destination for families. This local success story highlights the critical role the new Small Business Express Program will play in connecting small, local businesses with the resources they need to grow and hire more workers."
"Petrini Six Enterprises is a longstanding, family owned business that has provided family entertainment in Norwalk for years," said House Republican leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. "Small businesses such as Petrini form the backbone of our economy. This grant is an example of how government can provide direct assistance to small businesses and foster economic development."
State Reps. Gail Lavielle, R-Norwalk and Wilton, Chris Perone, D-Norwalk, and Terrie Wood, R-Darien and Norwalk, were also pleased that the Petrini family's business had received the grant.
The program, administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development, offers loans and matching grants to Connecticut companies with fewer than 50 employees. In total, EXP will provide $100 million to help the state's small businesses hire more employees and fund capital investments.
"Last year, when I met with business owners and chief executives on my Jobs Tour, I heard firsthand about the tough challenges they face and what they needed to overcome them," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in the statement. "The Small Business Express Program is designed to provide an accessible source of much-needed funding that will help our small enterprises make a big impact in their communities. It's just one more way we're trying to begin an economic revival in cities and towns across our state."
DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith added,"This program is building momentum we're constantly getting new submissions from interested business owners and we're approving new applications every day."
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