BUFFALO, N.Y. — Businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and in need of assistance can start applying for funding through the Buffalo Business Blitz program.
Hundreds of businesses applied for one of the $2,500 grants. The funding will target businesses that have been impacted the most by the pandemic, such as brick-and-mortar shops that do not have an online presence.
Rich Products says it will donate $75,000 to the Buffalo Business Blitz, a joint effort by Bills' cornerback Josh Norman and his Starz 24 Foundation and the City of Buffalo aimed at giving those affected a monetary boost. Just last week, Wegmans made a $135,000 donation to the cause following a two-day Meals 2 Go promotion.
The Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) was selected by Starz 24 to disperse funds raised through the Buffalo Business Blitz. Small businesses can qualify for up to $2,500 in financial assistance.
“Whether it’s your corner coffee shop or your favorite restaurant, we all know a small business that’s facing adversity like never before,” said Jon Dandes, corporate vice president of government relations and special projects, Rich Products and Rich Family Foundation. “As a company that started as a small business on Buffalo’s West Side more than 75 years ago, Rich’s has a deep appreciation for the vibrancy small businesses bring to our community. We’re especially pleased that WEDI, one of our partners within the West Side Promise Neighborhood, has been selected by Starz 24 to administer the grants.”
“Buffalo Business Blitz shows the winning spirit of Buffalo and Western New York,” said Josh Norman. “I am humbled by the support of the local business community. Thank you to the Rich family for their generosity. We are now $75,000 closer to hitting the half million dollar mark. I encourage everyone to continue to donate so that we can help as many small businesses as possible.”