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Online Services and Private Companies:
There are ways to continue to learn and grow your business during this time sheltering in place. While we are promoting online webinar series from our in house options on our events page, additionally many private companies are also extending a hand to small business owners navigating the current situation, as well.
Inc Magazine has a great round up of services being offered for free / very low cost during this time that business owners may find helpful. From Facebook, Amazon, and Yelp to marketing solutions and even mental health, check out their (constantly updated) list for more.
Private Grants and Funding Opportunities:
- Yelp’s Relief for affected businesses
Yelp is providing $25 million in COVID-19 relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products, and services.
- Verizon and LISC Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund
Verizon’s investment of $2.5 million into a Recovery Fund, is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
- James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
The national nonprofit culinary arts organization has launched the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. The Foundation will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where Facebook operates, including the U.S.