Many small businesses disliked it during the pandemic. Pedestrian traffic is down and sales are up, too. That’s why Buffalo Bills All-Pro Cornerback Josh Norman on behalf of his foundation, Stars 24, to build Blitz Business Bffalo initiative. The initiative was set up in partnership with Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo to provide substantial funding to some small businesses that are adversely affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Early today, Rich products, the announced a family-owned global food company, headquartered in West Side in Buffalo, had donated $ 75 to help with the worthy work. This donation means the fund has now crossed the $ 500K limit. Moving forward, Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) has been selected as the organization to deal with the distribution of aid funds. Up to $ 2,500 in financial assistance will be provided to eligible and accepted businesses.
“The Buffalo Business Blitz shows the winning spirit of Buffalo and West New York,” said Josh Norman. “I am humbled by the support of the local business community. Thanks to the Rich family for their generosity. I urge everyone to continue donating so that we can help small businesses as much as possible. ”
“Whether it’s your corner coffee shop or your favorite restaurant, we all know a small business that has never been seen before,” said John Dandes, corporate vice president of government and special projects, the Rich Products and Foundation Foundation. “As a company that started as a small business in the West Side in Buffalo more than 75 years ago, Rich is deeply grateful for the small business to our community. We are particularly pleased that WEDI, one of our partners in the West Side neighborhood, has been selected by Starz 24 for grant management. “
“Blitz Business Buffalo is an inspiring way to have a community impact on our local economy, ”said Caroline Welch, WEDI Executive Director. “At WEDI, we have been supporting and promoting small business for more than a decade, but we could never have imagined that these businesses and their large numbers in West New York would face such a devastating challenge. But our society has always been committed to supporting its neighbors. ”
Mayor Brown added, “I am proud of our community for its generosity and strong support to protect our small business. I thank Josh Norman for his dedication to the success and life of our community. I would also like to thank the many individuals and organizations who have supported and donated this innovative initiative to help businesses in the Buffalo area. “
Applicants can locate small businesses in the Erie area, New York, that can pay taxes in 2019.
How to apply
From January 13-18, 2021, Interested small businesses can apply for this program through an online application form that will survive from the beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 9:00 p.m.: www.wedibuffalo.org/buffalobusinessblitz.