At Business.org, we're a small business helping small businesses. We match small-business owners with the right tools and know-how to succeed–and as the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow, success is looking a lot like survival. To stay on their feet, small businesses—especially small local restaurants—need immediate cash flow, and they need it now.
The Small Business Association (SBA) has stepped up on the small-business disaster loans front, which is excellent news. But loans have to be paid back eventually, and if the stores we love are going to stay open, borrowed time isn't going to cut it. Our local restaurants need a heaping dose of community support too.
To give small businesses a quick cash infusion (and help you put food on the table while we're at it), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? We're purchasing 50 gift cards valued at $100 each. We're asking people (that means you!) to submit the name of their favorite restaurant; we'll randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the eatery they nominated.
Any individual 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that we'll purchase from the local restaurant of your choice. Winners will be selected randomly.
Community support during the COVID-19 crisis
Sure, we're all socially isolated right now to varying degrees, but that doesn't mean we can't look out for each other. In fact, times of crisis are exactly when we should be looking out for each other, and we still can while we're stuck indoors.
How? When you can, order curbside pickup. Shop locally instead of through national chains. Reach out directly to local businesses to see how you can help. And of course, don't forget to wash your hands (for the full 20 seconds—no cheating!).
Can I nominate more than one small-business restaurant in my community?
Unfortunately, no—you'll have to pick your top favorite!
When will I hear back from Business.org on whether or not I was chosen?
You'll receive a confirmation email directly after you've submitted your application. We'll notify our 50 winners via email on Monday, May 4, 2020.
Do I have to be a resident of the United States to participate?
Yes, you need to be a current US resident.
When do applications close?
Applications will close Thursday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Who do I contact with any other questions?
If we didn't answer your question here, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.