Are you looking for a way to support families and friends during these devastating times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you want to inject hope into our communities during these times of economic and racial unrest? Then, please, support Black-owned small businesses.
Right now, we need your support. The greatest impact you can create right now is to support Black-owned small businesses. They are important to the fabric of our business community. Small businesses are the mom-and-pop shops that provide you with the extra level of attention, care, and service you want while supporting their families and their communities. Many of these businesses operate outside of the traditional banking system, don’t have access to low-cost loans that cushion many larger businesses when “life” happens, have to turn to alternative lenders who charge a lot more than a bank would, and were left out of the bail outs and financial support when the CARES Act was introduced.
My Escape Mission is a Black-owned small business located in Madison, Wisconsin that has created escape missions and virtual reality experiences for families, friends, companies, and communities for the last five years. Our entire business is solely dependent on groups coming together to build upon their teamwork and support of one another to complete a mission. With mandates on business capacity, group gatherings, and social distancing, it has been impossible to open our doors. We have tried to pivot our mission and how we do things here, but outside of catering to small groups of two or three, which will barely keep our lights on, we are at an impasse and looking to you, our community, to support our next mission … keeping our doors open through this pandemic.
We are looking to you to support this new mission of teamwork and support. When small businesses close, it doesn’t only hurt the owners and their families, but it also leads to a loss of jobs, which influences the rise in crime rates. We need your support right now. We need to address systemic disinvestment that holds back Black-owned small businesses. This is why we are reaching out to you, our community, for your support.
If you want to support this mission, we are creating this GoFundMe page to provide a way for our community to support My Escape Mission. We will use 20% of the funds we receive to support other local Black-owned small businesses in Dane County. If we exceed our goal, this amount will be much more. We are just trying to keep our doors open. We know that if our business is suffering, there are other smaller Black-owned businesses out there suffering as well; their families are suffering, and as a result, our community is suffering.
If you would prefer not to support through GoFundMe, but would still like to support, please visit our website at https://myescapemission.com/ and purchase a gift certificate that you can use for your family, your company, as a gift for the holidays, or to donate to someone else to have their own escape mission or virtual reality experience.
We appreciate your support and, together, we can overcome!
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