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BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest Launches Main St. Matters

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Life has taken a drastic turn in the wake of the current crisis, forcing small businesses to shift nearly every aspect of their daily functions. Behind each small business is a team, giving it their all, but still caught amidst compounding negative impact. Start-ups, hometown offerings, and Main Street shops comprise a significant economic footprint, so now is the time to extend a helping hand. Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwestis proud to launch the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program, designed to provide essential funding during this unprecedented time.

“Main Street businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” says Matthew Fehling, President & CEO of BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest. “Their strong threads weave through the nation, tying communities together, and without them, everyone suffers. These businesses have supported BBB services for over 100 years, so being able to give back in a time of crucial need is an honor.”

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest has taken an innovative approach to guide small and start-up ventures and their forward-thinking strategies focus on building ethical businesses from the ground up. Crucial funds provided by the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program will ensure these businesses have a fighting chance. BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest is asking businesses to share their stories, and how the funding will assist in sustaining their mission.

Grant Program Details     

  • Open to small business, with priority given to those with 5-20 employees
  • $500 or $1000 grant amounts will be awarded
  • The grant is open to qualified small businesses that are in good standing with BBB and uphold BBB Standards for Trust. Applicant's history of community involvement, including but not limited to, BBB accreditation, will be considered.
  • Businesses must operate in the BBB of the Pacific Southwest service area (Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties in AZ, and San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties in CA)
  • Applicants must not have previously received relief or emergency funding, loan, award, or grant resulting from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Read more for additional criteria and grant application.

The BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program launched in partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union, and Community Champions GoDaddyand SDG&E, who have contributed generously to the fund. In order to keep this momentum going, BBB of the Pacific Southwest is seeking additional donations to continue with the expected demand of the program. Reach out to get involved and support the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program.

More Than Money: Wrap Around Benefits

The BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program is more than funding; it is a hand up to the most deserving businesses. Grant recipients will also receive a variety of educational resources, mentorship from industry leaders, and other in-kind offerings to ensure continued stability and an open path towards success and progress. BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest daily webinars and a frequently updated resource page are available immediately to supply the latest information to help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.


For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses and charities they can trust. In 2019, people turned to BBB more than 358 million times by checking more than 232 million Business Profiles views - all available to the public for free at bbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest covers Greater Arizona and Southern California with key campuses in Phoenix, San Diego, Newport Beach, Prescott, Yuma, and Lake Havasu City. BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest is supported by over 19,000 BBB Accredited Businesses, making it one of the largest BBB nationwide. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices in the marketplace. BBB provides objective expertise and educational programs on topics affecting marketplace trust.

Category: COVID-19, Partner News

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