Grants to help restaurants increase staff and drive growth
INTUit (Nasdaq: INTU), the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma and Mailchimp, today announced the recipients of its QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative grant program. QuickBooks has partnered with the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) to provide 20 small restaurants each with a $5,000 grant and free one-year subscriptions to QuickBooks Online and Mailchimp to help them run and grow their businesses.
“At Intuit, we know the hardships small businesses have endured over the past two years, and we’ve seen many of them emerge successfully with even more ingenuity and determination than ever before,” said Alex Chriss, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Group of Companies and Independents. “Whether through our QuickBooks or Mailchimp products and services or through special grant programs, we are focused on creating opportunities for small business owners around the world to achieve prosperity.”
Like many restaurants across the country, restaurants in Atlanta have been impacted by the pandemic and other macro factors such as labor shortages, supply chain issues and inflation. In Atlanta, monthly revenues for the city’s surviving restaurants rose 7% in September 2021 compared to September 2019. But for those with annual revenues below $250,000, the recovery has been slower, according to the latest. data from Intuit QuickBooks.
“Atlanta has one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the country and is home to many innovative restaurants,” said Sheldon Cummings, COO of Mailchimp. “As part of the Intuit family and on behalf of our Atlanta employees, Mailchimp is proud to be a part of this initiative and to support independent restaurants in our community. Many forces continue to challenge small businesses, but we We are happy to play a part in the success of these owners and their employees.”
Grants have been awarded to restaurants that fall into this net income category and can be used for payroll and operating expenses to address staffing challenges and drive growth. Click here for more details on the qualifications and selection process that were used to determine the final recipients.
“We are thrilled to see global companies with a local presence playing an active role in the ongoing recovery of Georgia’s restaurant industry,” said Karen Bremer, CAE, President and CEO of Georgia Restaurant. Association (GRA). “These grants will have an immediate impact on recipients who we know work very hard to keep staff happy and run a successful business.”
List of destinators
All 20 recipients are located in the Atlanta metro area plus Macon, Athens and Augusta, GA:
“This grant will allow us to give back to our employees and our community, both of whom have been steadfast supporters during this pandemic,” said Katherine Drolett, co-owner of The Nook and QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative grant recipient.
Check presentation ceremony
QuickBooks and Mailchimp will present a grant check for $5,000 to The Nook on Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia on February 15, 2022. For details, please contact Clare Nordstrom, [email protected]
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About the Georgia Restaurant Association
The mission of the GRA is to serve as the voice of restaurants in Georgia in advocacy, education and awareness. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, please visit www.garestaurants.org.