ORLF creates fund to help local business amidst virus pandemic
1 May 2020
OTTUMWA — Local small businesses experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19 may qualify for some aid. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation used $100,000 to create and manage the Wapello County Small Business Impact Fund to assist local businesses.
ORLF President Steve Dust said creating the fund was important.
“It is obvious to everyone the pandemic has impacted all kinds of people, especially businesses,” Dust said. “It is very important … in some fashion we created this to alleviate some of the impact the pandemic has had. There are stories that aren’t told about our neighbors trying to stay open and afloat. We know they are hurting and this is a method that is meant to be a lifeline for them.”