Believe in Bristol, an organization that supports inner-city businesses, helped.
“Our organization worked with our two cities to add temporary signage downtown for those offering curbside pickup, making it more efficient and convenient for our community to support these small businesses,” said Maggie Elliott , director of Believe in Bristol.
The organization has served as a communications agent and resource for businesses. Elliott said he has helped with funding, training and provided businesses with updates on reopening phases for both states.
Believe in Bristol also facilitated the reorganization of the Downtown Revolving Loan Fund, run by People Inc., to be offered to businesses in the form of interest-free, deferred payment loans to help reduce cash flow – which was common for many people. companies in 2020.
Elliott said Believe in Bristol had also set up hand sanitizer stations in the city center, as well as safety reminder signs. He has also worked with the City of Bristol, Tennessee, to provide Outdoor Dining Mini Grants to food and beverage businesses to expand outdoor dining options.
Hester said she recognized early on that locals were “very responsible” and respected masked mandates and social distancing.
“We are extremely grateful for our community and their support,” said Hester, who also manages several Airbnbs that lost business during the pandemic.