As a small-business owner, you have a lot on your mind right now. Demand is in flux, and with the virus spreading, you have to make some hard decisions about how to handle remote work. But you do have options and resources at your disposal, including your AFEUSA community and a new site that might be opening up for your industry soon.

Nihal Mehta, a founding partner of Eniac Ventures, has seen what this is doing to small businesses across the nation and has set out to do something about it. Just last Wednesday, he launched HelpMainStreet.com, which is a crowdfunding site dedicated to supporting shops and restaurants.  

As a testament to human ingenuity, this site launched practically overnight. Last Monday, Nihal reached out to his network to find a way to help the small businesses impacted by the pandemic. In just two days, lunchbox.io, a small company that specializes in establishing online orders for businesses, had built the site.

There are already around 20,000 restaurants across the U.S. on the site, with plans to add other industries once it proves to be properly working. 

But HelpMainStreet.com and their partners aren’t the only ones stepping up to help entrepreneurs. Facebook just launched its 100-million-dollar grant program to help small businesses, and other sites are stepping up as well. Not only that, but you can find support and other resources from your AFEUSA small business peers through your membership portal. So utilize your resources and band together with your AFEUSA community to ensure we all can manage this unique situation.

by: Charles Jackson,
AFEUSA President

Charles Jackson President AFEUSA