Main Street downtowns raise funds for recovery
Nina Ignaczak | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Traditional suburban downtowns thrive on just the kind of businesses that have been shuttered during the pandemic--retail, dining, and personal care. Those same businesses--most of them independently owned--will also face a rocky re-entry as they adapt to new restrictions.

That's why Oakland County's Main Street program is making a special effort to help them through a COVID 19 Mom and Pop Business Relief Crowdfunding campaign designed to funnel funds to hurting downtown businesses. The county will match up to $4,000 dollar-for-dollar, and communities can crowdfund for as much as they like.

"The campaign is the first of its kind --  with multiple Main Street communities -- in the nation," says John Bry, principal planner and coordinator of Main Street Oakland County. "It is part of the economic response from the with the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs with 21 eligible communities participating."
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