If there’s one thing almost everyone agrees on about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that our political leaders have totally failed us.
The situation has been especially tough on small businesses, who have been forced to contend with extended lockdowns and restrictions while receiving precious little support to stay in the black. With partisan gridlock in Washington resulting in a totally ineffective and inadequate government response to the ongoing crisis beloved businesses have been dying out left and right across America through no fault of their own.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy wasn’t willing to let that stand and has done something about it by starting The Barstool Fund a place where businesses can apply for funding and people can also donate to the cause.
At the time of this writing, the Barstool Fund has raised a stunning $20 million to support small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat.
With donations and matching funds from partners the money raised goes to restaurants, bars, and breweries, among other businesses.
With his usual eye for showmanship Portnoy has released a series of videos of people’s reactions when he calls them to tell them their business will be receiving support from the fund.
Needless to say, the joy and relief on these business owners’ faces is a sight to behold.
After the most difficult year in many people’s lives and the biggest challenge that small businesses in America have ever faced, it’s heartening to see something being done to support these beloved local institutions in a way that helps people quickly and directly.
Business owners can apply to get help from the fund by clicking here.
Well done, sir!