Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today visited two local businesses to hear concerns about pandemic recovery and to present a check to one of the last local businesses to receive a Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) grant from the state.
Tabu McKnight, who runs Tabu’s of Reno Barber Lounge on South Sierra Street, called the PETS grant a blessing. Sisolak called McKnight to give him the news about getting the grant.
“It was a little bit shocking,” McKnight said. “I was definitely surprised. I was like, ‘Are you sure? Is this real?’ I wasn’t expecting anything.”
“It was the last one, too,” Sisolak remarked.
“I don’t care what order I got it, whether it was first or last, I really don’t care,” McKnight said, while smiling. “I’m grateful.”
McKnight said he is continuing his philanthropic and volunteer work in the community. The pandemic, he said, slowed efforts, but he’s getting back to work.
The Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) grant program launched last year with $20 million in federal Coronavirus relief funds. The program was aimed at providing flexible grant money to small businesses. About 9,400 Nevada businesses received shares of $100 million.
Sisolak also visited Reno’s Black Wall Street nonprofit. Black Wall Street does direct outreach, including financial literacy, leadership building, credit repair, providing food and redistributing donations the group receives.