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Ogden News Creates $1M Fund For Businesses

Businesses in The Post-Journal’s coverage area 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 Post-Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching grants.

“We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we’re hurting, too,” Mike Bird, Post-Journal publisher. “But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at The Post-Journal, 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 Post-Journal’s coverage area can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at ogdennews.com/community-grant. Applicants will receive a response to their application within one or two business days.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves and this is another example of how the community has come together,” said Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer. “We commend Ogden and the local team for their efforts on this in helping businesses stay visible. It’s these types of efforts that are going to help the business community come back strong.”

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, Bird said, whether or not they are current Post-Journal advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in The Post-Journal and on post-journal.com between April 1 and June 30, 2020.

“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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