Small Business Recovery Fund

$325 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 6 months
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has established a Small Business Recovery Fund. Hurricane Florence created unprecedented devastation in Columbus County. Hundreds, if not thousands, of homes were destroyed and countless hearts were broken. Ensuring these families have food, water, shelter, and clothing is of utmost importance. At the same time, many small businesses across the county are suffering devastating losses. These enterprises are the backbone of the local economy, and they are vital to our county's economic future. They provide a bulk of jobs and play a major role in funding local government services. The biggest obstacle for many of these business owners is short-term working capital. Without it, they are unable to repair their facilities, re-stock their inventory or make payroll. A relatively small infusion of capital could make the difference between a small business re-opening or shutting its doors. The future of our local economy is at stake.

Donations can be made to Whiteville Improvement Association, Small Business Recovery Fund. This is a 501 (c) (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Many people and organizations from around the country are looking for ways to help. Please consider sharing this with your professional associations, corporations, and foundations that are interested in helping our community recover.
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The first round of grant funds in underway. The Fund is created to award triage grants to support the many small businesses impacted by the historic flooding of Hurricane Florence in Columbus County. To be eligible to apply for an award, the applicant must:
•Be a for-profit, small business located in Columbus County with generally 25 employees or less;•Sustained physical damage as a result of Hurricane Florence.
The first round of grants will be in the amount of $500. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications submitted by Friday, October 19, 2018 will be reviewed by the Recovery Task Force for a first round of awards from the Fund. As additional funding becomes available, applications received after October 19th and those that were not selected in the initial round will be considered for a possible second round of awards from the Fund, depending on the amount of donations received and funding availability. Completed applications should be submitted by mail to the Small Business Recovery Fund 601 S Madison Street, Whiteville, NC 28472, dropped off at the Chamber office. An independent review team of technical experts is considering each application in an impartial process, judging each request on the merits and prioritizing funds to help small business re-open their doors and staff their operations. Beyond the grant itself, partner organizations are committed to connecting award recipients and all applicants with other available resources including voluntary services for business counseling, SBA and other small business lending resources, and workforce/talent solutions as needed.
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Thank you for sharing this page and supporting the efforts to assist small businesses recover. The phones are working at the Chamber now. If you have questions, please call 910-642-3171.
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$325 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 6 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Whiteville Improvement Association Inc
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Whiteville, NC
EIN: 561331260
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