We wanted to take a minute to give you some good news. Yes, these are difficult times, and yes, the health and economic situations that we are experiencing globally are precarious at best. However, there are a lot of people/companies doing a lot of great things for their communities and we wanted to make a short list of our favorites to share. Check them out below along with links to even more.
Facebook has launched a grant program for small businesses. You can read about it here. In addition to a grant program, Facebook also has a list of resources which you can access here.
Amazon has created a Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund for businesses affected by COVID- 19 in the Seattle area. The company pledged $5 million for the fund.
Intuit QuickBooks is providing a long list of small businesses plans and resources to tap into during the crisis, including financial preparedness information, safe travel tips and workplace prevention tips.
Yelp is providing $25 million in funding relief to small businesses, particularly restaurants and nightlife businesses, affected by COVID-19. This includes free access to page upgrades. You can find more information about how to qualify for aid here.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business special interest group, is offering legal resources and webinars related to the virus.
Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation has information related to grants, financial programs and other resources for restaurants affected by COVID-19. This includes immigrant-specific concerns, USBG relief grants and a COVID-19 relief fund sponsored by the organization.
USA Today has created a centralized location for small businesses to list their companies and encourage customers to purchase gift card for use later. You can visit the site here. E John Legend, Chris Martin, livestream concerts during coronavirus A slew of musical artists — including Chris Martin and John Legend — are going virtual, performing concerts from the comfort of their homes and livestreaming them amid the coronavirus pandemic.
3M to send 500,000 respirators to New York, Seattle The 3M Company will send 500,000 respirators to New York and Seattle as the cities combat the COVID-19 outbreak, its CEO announced in a March 22 statement.
Distilleries convert operations to create hand sanitizer Multiple American distilleries are temporarily converting their operations to create hand sanitizer from high-proof alcohol.
Food Lion to donate $600K toward hunger relief The Food Lion grocery store chain said it plans to donate $600,000 to people affected by the pandemic, providing about 6 million meals.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who had to move out of their dorms. Burger King is giving away two free kids' meals with any purchase.
Louis Vuitton's parent company will use its cosmetics and perfume manufacturing facilities to make free alcohol-based sanitizer amid the global shortage.
Uber Eats is donating 300,000 meals to first responders and healthcare workers.
Aetna is waving all co-pays for teladoc services, offering free medication delivery from CVS and sending out care packages to those diagnosed with coronavirus to help them recover at home and avoid exposing their loved ones.
Ally Bank is deferring payments for auto and mortgage customers up to 120 days, and is pledging $3 million in financial aid to local communities and organizations. Adobe is offering free distance learning for schools that have been impacted by coronavirus through May 31st.
Giant, Whole Foods, Target, and Dollar General have created “senior-only” shopping hours, to allow those most at risk from coronavirus to shop separately.
GM’s CEO Mary Barra has offered to build ventilators at idled plants.
Starbucks is offering 20 free therapy sessions a year to all of its workers. This initiative was originally set to roll out in a few months, but they decided to start it early to help quell some of the anxiety workers face regarding the pandemic.
Delta’s CEO is forgoing his salary for the year due to try and diminish layoffs.
United’s CEO and President said they would forgo their base salaries until at least June 30.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will suspend foreclosures for the next 60 days.
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