Entrepreneur starts fundraiser to help businesses with closed doors

News

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Many small businesses aren’t open right now as they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but one entrepreneur came up with a way to bring in business for places that are struggling with closed doors.

Emma Reinbold owns a food truck called Just BEE Açaí that travels to Champaign-Urbana and other surrounding communities. Reinbold started a gift card fundraiser as a way to generate money for other small businesses now that customers can use later.

Reinbold came up with a t-shirt design. The shirts she’s selling online say “support your local everything.” One shirt costs $20.

“When times get difficult, it’s even that much more important to come together as a community,” says Reinbold. “When I was kind of sitting here unable to help 80 businesses by myself…I thought why not tap into the pool of people we’ve grown to know through Just BEE [Açaí].”

Reinbold will use the money raised from the t-shirts to purchase $25 physical or e-gift cards to businesses in the area. Anyone who buys a shirt will be entered into a raffle to win one of the gift cards.

The deadline to order a shirt and enter the raffle is Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm. Just BEE Açaí will randomly select winners the week of March 30th.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Golf Tour Extravaganza 2020
Fill out my online form.