Following a third round of funding disbursement on Monday, Apr. 13, the Small Business Relief Fund has now awarded $140,000 in funds to 60 local businesses. The fund, a partnership between the Chamber and the Community Foundation of West Alabama, is designed to provide immediate relief for small local businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.
“Providing immediate help to small businesses in this challenging time was top of mind for everyone involved in this process,” said Bobby Bragg, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber. “We’re so pleased so many businesses have taken advantage of this fund.”
Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber, said he was appreciative of the donors who helped make the fund a success.
“We are fortunate to live in a community with such great corporate citizens, as well as generous individuals,” Page said. “Our donors for this fund stepped up right away and asked how they could pitch in and be of service.”
Audrey Vermilyea of Monarch Espresso Bar, a downtown coffee shop that received an award through the SBRF, said the fund proactively provided relief for the business community.
“For many small businesses, these uncertain times are trying,” Vermilyea said. “Funds like these help us weather the storm and are an encouragement to us and our team. It's a tangible reminder that the community is behind us.”
Additional funding is needed, Page said, and donations can be made via the Chamber’s and the Foundation’s website.
To donate to the Small Business Relief Fund or apply, visit https://tuscaloosachamber.com/small-business-financial-assistance/.