A Small Business Relief Program for small businesses in Cincinnati, OH (Hamilton County) will provide some financial relief from the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. In order for Small Businesses to 


be eligible for $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 grants, small businesses must meet certain criteria. These funds will be used to reimburse local businesses for certain expenses as detailed. Hamilton County will be using the awarded $5 Million from the CARES Act in this first assistance round. 


Small Businesses can email to receive notifications and to have their questions answered. Send a mail to SBRelief@hamilton-co.org


Requirements for Eligibilty


Small Businesses in the Hamilton County area are required to meet this criteria:


  1. Business must be located in Hamilton County and be a for-profit business.
  2. Small Business must have a Federal EIN # and a DUNS number
  3. Small Business must be in operation since Jan 2019
  4. Business must have less than one million in revenue or receipts on an annual basis
  5. Business must have had a loss of gross revenue up to 35% or more
  6. Business must have fifty or less employees or 1099 contracted workers as of March 2020
  7. Small Business has not been awarded other federal assistance for lost income or expenses
  8. Small Business has been unapproved for an insurance claim due to COVID-19
  9. Business must be located within Cincinnati, OH (Hamilton County)
  10. Small Business must be in compliance with all requirements 
  11. Business must be current on all taxes and fees
  12. Business must be in good standing in regards to building code and maintenance 
  13. Small Business may not be a nuisance 
  14. Small Business may not be in current bankruptcy negotiations.

Are you ever in the mood for a sweet treat? I suppose that’s a rhetorical question as we all are from time to time. However, if you’re ever in the mood for a sweet treat that combines mouth watering confections, a presentation that would make Gordon Ramsey jump for joy and a razzmatazz Dixieland theme, then allow us to introduce you to Sweet Jazz Treats, nestled right here in Newport, KY. 


In early 2016, Small Business Owner Jasmine Davis was contemplating how to fuse together her passions for baking, art and instruments into an enterprise that she could be passionate about and, almost as equally important, that she would ultimately be successful in. On March 9th 2016 Jasmine left a secure corporate position in the healthcare industry and stepped out in Faith to pursue her goals of entrepreneurship. 


Success did not exactly come easy for Jasmine after leaving the corporate world, however. If she had it all to do over again Jasmine says, “I definitely would have taken my time and saved more money before doing it.” As is the case with many Small Business Owners deciding to follow their passions of working for themselves, there rarely seems to be the perfect time to do it. Although, either by happenstance or consistent planning, those driven business owners who decide to take the plunge WILL succeed, especially when they maintain a commitment to customer service, a can-do attitude, a little bit of luck and also, in the case of Jasmine Davis, putting her full faith and trust in the Lord. 


Life happens to us all and Jasmine’s story is no different. However, she was way too driven to allow the concerns of personal life to stand in her way. When she opened a kiosk at Kenwood Mall her baked goods were an instant success, which led to even more business. Jasmine spring-boarded from that momentum into Bridal Shows, catering and even exclusively having her delectable cupcakes featured at four Kroger locations, all of which sold out within a very short time frame. 


Jasmine specializes in one tier to four tier wedding cakes with servings from 24 to 218. Jasmine also offers one to four tier custom cakes, of varying designs, as well as sheet cakes. Sweet Jazz Treat’s Cheesecake Dessert Jars are as delicious as they are appetizing and their scrumptious cookies are baked with cake mix instead of cookie mix, so that they are soft, rich and melt in your mouth. 


But let’s not allow anyone to fool you, the real delicacy at Sweet Jazz Treats and also the treat that Jasmine fields endless requests for are her Muffin Sized Cupcakes. As large as a softball, presented with the syrupy drippings of your favorite condiment and with a flavor combination that is both rich and welcome, these Muffin Sized Cupcakes will soon be Cincinnati’s favorite cupcake. 


So what’s next for Jasmine and Sweet Jazz Treats? Jasmine would like to continue expanding her business and passionately working to provide her customers with the sweet delicacies they’ve come to adore. Jasmine’s business model has proven to be successful as she maintains her values, her drive and her passion for these sweet treats. She’s always available for her customers and always aims to please, so if you’re in Newport, KY or passing through, make it a point to swing by Sweet Jazz Treats and grab a cupcake or two…or ten.