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$1 Million Fund Established To Help Local Businesses Recover From Coronavirus

April 3, 2020
Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Reporter and?The Democrat, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

"We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we're hurting, too," said Dan McCain, Publisher. "But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at The Reporter and?The Democrat, we want to do everything we can to help everyone get through the pandemic and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help local businesses tell their story as they rebuild."

Businesses operating in the Emmetsburg area market can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at og Applicants will receive a response to their application within one or two business days.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, McCain said, whether or not they are current advertisers with The Reporter, The Democrat or Palo Alto Reminder. Grant money can be used for local print advertising in The Reporter, The Democrat and Palo Alto Reminder and online advertising on emmets between April 1 and June 30, 2020.

"Each day I am amazed to see what new resources are being offered to support our local businesses and help them to get back on their feet," said Deb Hite, Executive Director, Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce. "Ogden Newspapers Inc. has been a long time partner in serving our community by providing news and advertising twice a week. Thank you to Ogden Newspapers and The Reporter and The Democrat for your investment in the recovery process of our local businesses. This is an opportunity our business owners do not want to miss applying for and the response time is amazing."

"A community newspaper is only as strong as the community it serves," said Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers. "As a family-owned business operating for almost 130 years, we have learned that the only way to pull through the hard times is to stand with your partners and customers. We are proud to offer this assistance to the local businesses that form the backbone of the communities where we publish."

For more information and to apply, visit ogdennews .com/community-grant

Ogden Newspapers operates more than 40 daily newspapers across the country, plus a number of weekly newspapers and a magazine division.



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