Help us help our business community
Dear PNA Friends and Neighbors,
As I write this message in late May, we are full of hope that progress is being made to slow the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, we are still facing the trials and challenges of this unprecedented time. I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and connected.
As you know, our community’s beloved small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic due to closure and reduced operations. In addition, navigating through available resources has made it even more difficult. Some are not familiar with public and government systems, some do not have a bank, some don’t speak English as a first language, and all are trying to survive as a business and support their employees and families.
As soon as the COVID-19 crisis hit, PNA’s Business Member Coordinator Chris Maykut started working tirelessly to support our business community and keep them informed. He has researched the myriad of relief efforts, sat on calls and webinars with City and County officials on latest business support, emailed over 300 businesses with regular updates, and personally connected with dozens. These efforts were particularly impactful in the early chaotic days of the pandemic.
“Thank you for the introductions and your FANTASTIC leadership for the PNA business community. The resources you’ve provided kept us on track and we are already harvesting the benefits.”
– Tolga Seymen, Nutty Squirrel Gelato
Because of the efforts of Chris and the PNA team, local businesses were able to connect with the appropriate resources, including partnering with local banks to access the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding. In addition, PNA created a special directory to help businesses connect with customers with their current offerings.
“I just wanted to let you know what a great help and support system Chris has been for our small family business and our business neighbors. We just celebrated our 7-year anniversary and found out on that day we got our PPP approved. We love being a part of PNA and we love our community.”
– Molli Piper, Illumination Learning Studios
And now, several local businesses have stepped forward to support the PNA’s Don’t Stop Believin’ emergency fundraising campaign by offering challenge grants, matching up to $10,000 in gifts received between today and June 11. Your gift today will go twice as far, making double the impact to support the work of Chris and the PNA team to serve our neighborhood businesses.
In addition to supporting our vital business community, the PNA is doing much more to serve our community and your support is more important than ever to keep these services going. Gifts of any size make a difference and every dollar counts; no gift is too small. Please make a gift today to support our neighborhood programs, community services, and the future of the PNA.
P.S. We are deeply grateful to the following neighborhood businesses participating in this donation match: