May 4, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:21 pm

CT moonshiner, raceway among state aid awardees

Another five Connecticut small businesses -- in Manchester, Middlebury, North Haven, Rocky Hill and Stafford Springs -- have qualified for assistance through the state's Small Business Express Program, the governor says.

The businesses announced Friday are:

· North Haven Ceramic Tile & Floor Covering qualified for a revolving loan of $100,000, to buy additional inventory and hire subcontractors. The company will retain 10 jobs.

· Weise Choice Tree Services, Middlebury, is receiving a revolving loan of $26,000, a matching grant of $26,260, and investing company funds of $26,260 in the latest mobile access software for crews in the field, computers and other machinery and equipment. The company will add one position.

· Onyx Spirits Co. of Manchester, Connecticut's first legal moonshine maker, will invest $165,235, plus a $100,000 matching grant, in hiring and training employees, increasing production capacity and expanding distribution throughout New England.

· Stafford Motor Speedway will combine its own $78,000 and a matching grant for the same amount to make capital improvements, including repair of a deteriorating racetrack surface. The company has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. The project will retain four jobs.

· Enermore LLC in Rocky Hill is receiving a $150,000 loan and a $100,000 matching grant. The funds will be invested with $1.45 million of company money in developing a new line of consumer skin care products and marketing them domestically and internationally. Enermore is creating three new jobs.


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