$1M fund established to help area businesses recover from pandemic


From local reports

Local 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 Marietta Times, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

“If we can pull together as a community, we can weather this,” said Publisher James Spanner. “At The Marietta Times, 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 Mid-Ohio Valley market can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at mariettatimes.com. Applicants will receive a response to their application within two business days.

“The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus,” Spanner said, whether or not they are current Marietta Times advertisers. “Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the Times and on mariettatimes.com between April 1 and June 30, 2020.”

“Our community always perseveres in times like this,” said Carrie Ankrom, president and CEO of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. “On both sides of the Ohio River, businesses from the large manufacturer to the small unique boutiques are struggling at this time. This is a great way for Ogden to give back and assist business in the area.”

Ankrom also called it “incredible” to see chamber businesses working together to help each other during this time.

“A community newspaper is only ever as strong as the community it serves,” said Bob Nutting, president 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.”

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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