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FrostburgFirst Implements Small Business Relief Mini-Grant Program
FROSTBURG — As small businesses around the country continue to suffer financial fallout due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FrostburgFirst is pleased to announce the successful implementation of the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Mini-Grant Program.
FrostburgFirst was able to offer Frostburg small business owners financial assistance and discounted packages to develop e-commerce and online marketing. Based on a national survey of small businesses by Main Street America, over 60% of small businesses do not have websites or online sales. Research indicates that online discoverability and sales will be a key component in successfully navigating the business environment in a COVID-19 impacted world.
FrostburgFirst’s program provides immediate cash flow in the form of mini-grants to help with expenses such as website development or improvement, development of e-commerce, online marketing, marketing or e-commerce consulting services, social media development and advertising.
The Frostburg business community has made incredible efforts to adapt to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. FrostburgFirst’s priority is to ease the transition to new business models and ensure that Frostburg small businesses thrive.
Collaboration from local web developer Paul Maxey has been integral in making the mini-grant program effective. Paul Maxey, owner of Maxey Web Development LLC, has provided web development and digital marketing services to small businesses for over 10 years. Maxey developed discounted packages for website development or improvement, social media consulting, and e-commerce development in order to ensure that grantees can make the most of their awards.
Through state recovery funding, t-shirt fundraisers, and a generous donation from Erie and Armstrong Insurance Agency, FrostburgFirst was able to raise $91,000 to fund the 2nd round of the Small Business Recovery Mini-Grant Program, for a total of $101,500 in recovery funds distributed to Frostburg small businesses since the start of the pandemic.
FrostburgFirst is proud to serve the Frostburg community and strives to contribute to the overall quality of life for residents, to encourage tourism, and to participate in economic development that will enhance Frostburg.
February 23rd, 2021 Update:
The Frostburg business community has made incredible efforts to adapt to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. FrostburgFirst’s priority is to ease the transition to new business models, help alleviate pressing operational expenses, and ensure that Frostburg small businesses thriveDeirdre Robertson, Executive Director of FrostburgFirst
In the spring of 2020, FrostburgFirst distributed $11,000 in mini-grants to Frostburg small businesses to assist with developing online presence and marketing strategies.
By the end of March, FrostburgFirst will have disbursed over $130,000 in COVID relief to local businesses.WCBC Radio – FrostburgFirst Implements COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Mini-Grant Program
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