Special to the
Opelika Observer

During these uncertain times, one thing is certain. Small businesses are struggling. And it’s our turn to help those who have dedicated their livelihoods to serving us, like your favorite barista, nail technician and yoga instructor.
We’re launching the Small Business Relief Initiative to support our friends and neighbors at local businesses facing financial loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Initiative, the Small Business Relief Fund will be issuing $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
GoFundMe has made supporting your local business easier than ever, thanks to partnerships with Yelp and Intuit Quickbooks. We’ve also created a centralized hub allowing you to search verified fundraisers by business name or location. This way, you can help your favorite businesses continue running during and after the coronavirus crisis.
Small business owners can learn more about the Small Business Relief Initiative and browse through the FAQs to determine whether their business qualifies for matching grants.
Here are three ways you can help:
1) Find a local business to donate to
2) Start a GoFundMe fundraiser for a local business
3) Donate to the Small Business Relief Fund to support many small business across the country
Join GoFundMe, Yelp, Intuit Quickbooks and more to provide much needed aid to even more businesses across the country. Every dollar counts!
Donate now
GoFundMe.org is a registered 501c3 nonprofit and will issue micro-grants to coronavirus-related fundraisers that concentrate on helping small businesses. Each GoFundMe fundraiser is verified in order to assure that your donation is going towards the specific cause.
Any funds which can not be granted out to fundraisers will be granted to other charitable organizations serving the same purposes stated here.