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Harvest Foundation investment awards 20 small businesses in first day of launch

MARTINSVILLE, VA – One small business owner said he was floored when he found out less than 24 hours after completing an application for a relief program that he was awarded a $3,000 forgivable loan.

“I was flabbergasted,” said Roger Curtis, owner of The Jeweler’s Edge. “This was hands-down the easiest form we’ve ever filled out for any type of grant or loan. It was amazingly quick and amazingly direct.”

The Jeweler’s Edge was one of 20 businesses awarded a forgivable loan from Pay it Forward MHC within a day of its launch.

India Brown, program officer at The Harvest Foundation, said Pay it Forward MHC is the foundation’s immediate response to supporting small businesses, which are the “real champions in our community because they continue to push forward during such unpredictable circumstances.”

Pay it Forward MHC, powered by The Harvest Foundation and the Virginia 30 Day Fund, was announced June 10 with a $1 million investment from the foundation. Read more about it here.

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