Shelby Foundation Urges Small Businesses to Seek Help

The Shelby Foundation is urging local business owners to contact the Economic Development Liaison, Jessica Gribben, to find help for government driven loans.

Joe Wechter, board chair, said, “Jessica Gribben is a valuable resource in the Shelby community. We are fortunate to have her locally as an extension of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. Jessica and the Chamber team are educated on the various stimulus packages and can help Shelby business owners as they apply.”

Director Carrie Kemerer said, “With all the state and federal grants and loans in motion to help small businesses, it can be very overwhelming. Applying for financial assistance can be a daunting task. Utilizing Jessica’s knowledge will help business owner’s get needed money so they can get back to businesses when things return to normal.”

The Foundation believes in the importance of economic development and has invested annually to this position.  When the Foundation was approached two years ago by the Community Improvement Corporation to financially contribute to the economic development position, the board unanimously voted to approve. The position’s primary focus is business expansion and retention but has now pivoted under current economic strain.

To discuss funding assistance for small businesses, contact Jessica Gribben at 419-342-4159 or the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-522-3211.

Special Announcement from The Shelby FoundationSpecial Announcement from The Shelby Foundation


The Shelby Foundation is a nonprofit organization that gives back to Shelby’s community and surrounding areas by providing donors an opportunity to positively impact Shelby’s future.

The Foundation does this by providing financial assistance to schools and other nonprofit organizations to expand programs, enhance arts, culture and humanities, and support improved health and welfare services. In short, the Foundation assists the community where we live, work and love by making it better.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to learn more about giving opportunities with The Shelby Foundation.

Carrie Kemerer
Foundation Director


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