By Aaron Humes: Area representative for Port Loyola Gilroy Usher handed $500 grants to fifty small businesses in his division in Southside Belize City this week.
Usher, who owns a pawnshop business himself, told the audience at Independence Hall that small businesses offer many needed services in a community, create numerous jobs, and give the proprietors a unique opportunity to improve the standard of living for their families.
Among the recipients were mechanics, food vendors, electricians, cabinet makers, grocers, lawn keepers, and woodcarvers. According to Usher, this is the first time so many small businesses have been assisted in an electoral division at a single time. He claims to have assisted more than 110 such businesses since being elected to office.
Usher was joined by Henry Charles Usher, chairman of the People’s United Party and Minister of the Public Service, his committee chairman Norman Usher, and supporters councilor Javier Castellanos who is in charge of the small business portfolio at the Belize City Council and chairman of the Port Authority Major Lloyd Jones.