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Ogden creates $1M fund for local businesses

Salem businesses 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 Salem News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

“We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we’re hurting, too,” Columbiana County Publisher Tammie McIntosh said. “But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at the Salem News, 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 Salem 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.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, McIntosh said, whether or not they are current Salem News advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the Salem News and on www.salemnews.net between April 1 and June 30, 2020.  

Lori Jewell, executive director of the Salem chamber, said, “Separate from the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) offered through the Small Business Administration and the Payroll Protection Program available through authorized lenders, this grant from Ogden Newspapers will give businesses the funds to allow for advertising whereas under times of distress, advertising and marketing often times take a backseat to payroll, supplies and vendors.  We are fortunate to have the Salem News/Ogden Newspapers in our town. The Chamber encourages local businesses to utilize this opportunity to advertise their products and services to help the economy recover from this unprecedented pandemic.”

“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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