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Small businesses turn to crowdfunding to help staff

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 16:50:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The closing of dine-in service due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic has some small local businesses turning to crowdfunding websites to ask for help.

One recent post on the fundraising site GoFundMe is for One Bourbon, a restaurant and pub located on Bridge Street in Grand Rapids.

Their post cites the recent extension of mandatory closing of establishments like theirs until April 13.

"We are grateful for the Michigan and federal government(s) on releasing aid for businesses such as ours," the post says. "Unfortunately, those processes take time, and our kids need help now."

Another post on the GoFundMe website has been organized by Teresa Malmquist. It is titled "Grand Rapids Rescue Fund for Restaurant Job Loss."

This post aims to raise money for the many undocumented restaurant workers in the area.

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