Sprint becomes marathon as VA 30 Day fund helps more small businesses


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – The Daily Grind got the coffee flowing, despite times when owners were unsure whether the business would survive.

“Our sales are still a bit low compared to last year,” Elizabeth Kendall told WDBJ7, “but we’re definitely getting there.”

Rania’s Restaurant has a full menu – and optimism for what to come.

“We’re back in business,” said Roberto Sanchez. “We are open and we are here to stay! “

And Service Printing holds firm as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary.

“It has been a very difficult year,” said David Martin, “for every small business, not just mine. “

This week, Charlottesville entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his business partner Katherine Neal traveled to Martinsville to see how the three businesses are doing and hand David Martin a check.

The Virginia 30 Day Fund has provided recoverable loans of $ 3,000 to more than 700 businesses. The organizers are targeting 1,000 by the end of the year.

The effort Pete and Burson Snyder launched in April far exceeded their expectations.

“We thought we’d be in there for two weeks or maybe two months, you know, flatten the curve, remember that,” Snyder said. “No one expected eight months, nine months, or even next year.”

So far, more than 150 businesses in the Martinsville-Henry County area have received assistance, thanks to a partnership between the Virginia 30 Day Fund and the Harvest Foundation.

India Brown is a program officer at the foundation.

“The small businesses in Martinsville-Henry County are the heart of our city and our county,” she said. “And so being able to help them is so important to us. “

Business owners encourage others to apply.

“Help came like rain from the sky,” Sanchez said. “It took a lot. “

“I think there are a lot of companies that are still really struggling, that need to apply,” Kendall told us.

“If I can do it, trust me, on a computer, anyone can do it,” Martin said.

Snyder has been active in Republican politics and is mentioned as a likely candidate for governor. But he says the Virginia 30 Day Fund is separate from its political activities.

With the peak of COVID and a full recovery several months away, Snyder said awareness among small businesses will continue.

To learn more about the Virginia 30 Day Fund, visit the organization’s website.

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