Crucial funds allow small businesses to survive

Vulnerable small businesses, working families, women-owned businesses and communities of color continue to be severely impacted by COVID-19. In April, the Main St. Matters Grant Program was launched by Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) to support local businesses experiencing financial hardship. The program awarded 24 additional grants in September, totaling over 150 businesses with $145k distributed.

Nearly 1,350 applicants have applied to the Main St. Grant Program and are vetted through a three-tiered process. This includes verifying immediate need, history of upholding BBB Standards for Trust and length of time in business. Grant recipients are awarded a one-time grant of $500 or $1000 to provide support and financial relief to business owners. They have been immensely grateful and share crucial needs the funds will support.

Staying Alive

A pet sitting company who was a recipient of a grant, shared that he would use the money to “stay alive” as the pandemic has completely halted his business.

Paying Bills

“I’m going to use the grant money to pay my water bill to prevent it from being shut off this week,” shared a holistic wellness center owner.

BBB understands the hardships the pandemic has caused to Main St. businesses. The program has been made possible by company sponsors and individual donors from the community. Donations can be made directly online.

There’s Still Time to Apply

Awards will continue throughout the remainder of 2020. Small businesses that operate within BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest’s service area who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic may apply. Visit BBB’s website for application information and criteria.

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BBB Awards $40k to Arizona Nonprofits

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) recently concluded their inaugural Empower By GoDaddy business incubator program. Twenty-eight entrepreneurs graduated from the program, and an additional eleven Arizona nonprofits were awarded subgrants to further their business development in the community.

Awardees were chosen as leaders in the business community and were funded to further their mission. Each nonprofit organization aligns with BBB’s mission for trust and integrity in the community. Several of the awarded nonprofits serve minority populations and BBB is pleased the funds will help amplify the work they are already doing.

Nonprofit organizations that serve underrepresented entrepreneurs and vulnerable communities are in critical need of funding now more than ever and BBB is proud to provide subgrants to help,” said Kimberly Roland, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneur Programs at BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest.

To fulfill the subgrant criteria, each nonprofit awardee will execute an initiative that supports their cause by the end of the year. A detailed report will be submitted to BBB describing the impact, key performance indicators, metrics, and lessons learned from the project.

We are so excited to receive a subgrant! The money allows us to offer five vulnerable youth internships to further their career and entrepreneur exploration by partnering with other businesses to provide training,” says Bethany Priebe, Cultivate Coffee/Crowd to Community cofounder.

2020 BBB Empower Arizona Subgrantees

For more information on BBB Entrepreneur and Business Innovation programs, contact innovation@bbbcommunity.org. For PR inquiries, contact pr@bbbcommunity.org.

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Local Better Business Bureau Has Moved!!

During the recent COVID-19 crisis, many businesses temporarily closed as a safety precaution for their employees and customers. The local Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) in Lake Havasu City followed suit and is now on a path of reopening.

While uncertainty brought hardships to many, it also provided to be an opportunity for growth and new perspectives. BBB is excited to join the creative entrepreneurs in the F106 Co-Working Space in Lake Havasu City to further support our local small businesses.


BBB Regional Director Kryistyna Hook

Our economy is beginning to bustle with life again, so providing varying levels of support for businesses under one roof is a logical step forward. We’re excited to expand the BBB local presence and explore more options to help build better businesses for our community,” shares Kryistyna Hook, BBB Regional Director.

The collaboration with the Partnership for Economic Development (PED), owner of the co-working space, is another step forward in increasing support for local entrepreneurs. Other space-mates include companies offering visual design, social media, photography, videography, content creation, events programming, corporate education services, nutrition services, and more.

We are excited that BBB is moving into this space, as it compliments in so many ways our overall mission of helping businesses succeed at every level,” shares James Gray, PED Director.

Community collaboration has been a focus for Kryistyna since stepping into her BBB role last year. As a proud partner of the LHC Resource Alliance, along with other key organizations, funneling the proper support to businesses and citizens is crucial to a thriving community. Even through these uncertain times, BBB launched a small business grant program and quickly shifted to virtual programming including business start-up courses and educational summits.

Beginning in late August, or as it is safe to do so, BBB will begin accepting in-person meetings, by appointment only. Please contact Kryistyna Hook at 928.302.3701 or kryistyna.hook@bbbcommunity.org for details. F106 Co-Working Space is located at 1100 London Bridge Road, Suite F106 in Lake Havasu City.

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