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It wasn’t just small businesses that took advantage of the federal government’s emergency pandemic loan program meant to help smaller companies keep their workers employed during the pandemic.
According to data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday, the Catholic Church, private schools and non-profit organizations benefited from the Payroll Protection Program as well.
So did restaurants, doctors, lawyers, public relation firms, florists, construction companies and strip clubs.
In Reno the Men’s Club, a strip club on Lake Street, received a loan worth between $350,000 and $1 million. AWAKEN, a Reno-based non-profit agency with the mission to keep women out of the sex industry also got a loan worth between $150,000 and $350,000.
The Catholic Church, including the Reno parish, its charitable arm and six private schools in Northern Nevada, obtained loans worth between $3.5 million and $8.35 million.
In Northern Nevada, the largest loans — worth between $5 million and $10 million each — went to two of the region’s largest construction companies: Q&D Construction and Sierra Nevada Construction. Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, the newspaper company Swift Communications in Carson City and Washoe Barton Medical Clinic in Gardnerville pulled in loans between $5 million and $10 million.
The Connor Group, a professional services firm with offices in Reno, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New York, Boston and the U.S. Virgin Islands, also received a loan between $5 million and $10 million.
Other notable loan recipients include personal injury lawyer and cannabis businessman Joey Gilbert; Lance Gilman’s Wild Horse Saloon, the restaurant attached to his brothel in Storey County; Reno PR maven Abbi Whitaker; former lawmaker (and current RGJ columnist) Pat Hickey’s painting company; and the Nevada Museum of Art.
REMSA, which runs the region’s non-profit ambulance service, obtained two loans — one worth between $2 million and $5 million and another worth between $350,000 and $1 million.
In total, more than 5,500 businesses in Nevada received loans worth $150,000 to $10 million for a total value between $2 billion and $4.8 billion. Another 36,000 businesses received loans worth less than $150,000. The SBA did not release the names of the businesses who obtained the smaller loans.
That money was meant to protect more than 525,000 jobs, according to the data released by the SBA.
Although the money is described as a loan, the government won’t require businesses to pay the money back if they use at least 60 percent of the funds for payroll. The loans can also be used to pay for interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.
To see who obtained Payroll Protection Program loans in Nevada, check out our searchable database below. You can access it by clicking here, too.
Correction: This story has been edited to correct the spelling of Abbi Whitaker’s name.
Anjeanette Damon is the government watchdog reporter for the RGJ. You can reach her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @AnjeanetteDamon. If you care about shining a bright light on decisions made by your elected officials, please consider subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.