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$1 million fund established to aid businesses recover from coronavirus

Businesses surrounding the northern Chautauqua County region 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 OBSERVER, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

“Everyone is being affected by this global pandemic, especially small businesses,” said John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher. “Our newspaper is being impacted as well, but we are confident we will get through this and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help businesses tell their story as they rebuild.”

Those operating in the OBSERVER market 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 to 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, D’Agostino said, whether or not they are current advertisers with our products. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the OBSERVER and on www.observertoday.com between April 1 and June 30.

“A community newspaper is only as strong as the community it serves,” said Robert Nutting, chief executive officer 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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