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Business assistance fundraiser moving forward

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When the city encountered roadblocks in getting a stimulus fund set up to help local businesses that have been pummeled by the economic hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic, a collection of business and civic leaders started their own fundraiser to provide much needed aid to businesses, and the drive is still alive.

Glen McComb, the co-owner with his wife Marcia of the Bandera General Store, said organizers of what is called the Bandera Texas Small Business Fund Raiser set a “lofty goal” of raising $50,000 when the fund got started last month, and so far about $2,600 has been collected.

The idea was to get businesses in need of assistance during these trying economic times to fill out a simple application form available at the General Store and then to distribute the money raised by the endeavor equally between the businesses seeking aid.

Qualifying businesses can be in the city or county and can provide goods or services to consumers, which makes the pool of applicants larger than that targeted by a stimulus plan Bandera City Council and the Bandera Economic Development Corp. have under development.

The Bandera EDC proposed a $100,000 stimulus fund for ailing businesses in Bandera last month but it got sidetracked until last week when council approved the creation of the fund and set in motion a review that could produce another $100,000 fund to help businesses that were slammed when some businesses were told to close down temporarily as the coronavirus grew.

Final details for the city’s stimulus package are still being ironed out as McComb and his collection of business supporters move forward with their assistance initiative.

“We wanted to help who we could,” said McComb about a group that includes Maggie Schumacher with the Bandera Natural History Museum, Leigh McCourt, who owns Sugar and Spice Ranch, and web designer and political cartoonist Larry Haddad.

The city’s relief package is expected to be larger than that provided by the local business officials, but McComb said they concluded “every little bit will help.”

His group originally had targeted May 15 as the deadline for its fundraiser, but McComb said the deadline can be extended if needed.

Anyone who wants to donate to the drive can go to McComb’s Facebook page at mccomb.7 and look for the Bandera Texas Small Business Fund Raiser header or can go online to 41889128/.

Donors without a computer can go to the General Store at 306 Main St. in Bandera to make a contribution to the drive personally.

That’s also where business owners can go to fill out the application to get their businesses included as recipients of the assistance.

McComb can be reached at the General Store at 830-796-4925.