THANK YOU

LANCASTER!

DUE TO COVID-19, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES NEED OUR SUPPORT

Out of this need, EnCourage Lancaster was born. 

 Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $14,000 for small businesses in Lancaster City!

Image by Jeff Stoltzfus from Cinerial 

EnCourage Lancaster | Our Vision

 

We support each other and our community in the following ways: 

 

Encourage

In the tough times and the great times, as a community of small business owners in Lancaster County we stand with one another with courage and celebration of what we can do together.

Empower

We stand together with all small businesses, micro-enterprises and start-ups in Lancaster County as we provide advocacy, tools, and support.

Execute

Together in Lancaster County we speak in one voice to ensure our unique business models, services, and work are represented and supported by the resources that help us the most. This includes holding key stakeholders accountable in the decisions that they are making on our behalf.

Enrich

We seek to enrich our Lancaster County community by providing our unique goods, services, and expertise. We also seek to shine a light on what  working in and on a small business looks like and how it helps our local economy.

Envision

We look to the future of small business in Lancaster County and ask ‘how can we move forward as a small business community?

What is EnCourage Lancaster?

EnCourage Lancaster was established during the unprecedented health crisis of 2020 to empower all small businesses, micro-enterprises and start-ups in Lancaster County to continue enriching our local economy. We call on our fellow residents to let our voices be heard, serve our community, and support one another to continue contributing our goods, services and expertise, now and in the future.

EnCourage Lancaster reaches out to the community of Lancaster small business owners and all residents as we continually remind one another:

“Yes, we CAN do this. We are here to support each other and we are here to stay.”

What was the emergency fund?

EnCourage Lancaster City Small Business Emergency Fund crowdfunding campaign asked locals and businesses alike to financially support the success of Lancaster’s small business community. The crowdfunding campaign and advocacy for locally supported and distributed small business emergency relief grants was created by EnCourage Lancaster. EnCourage Lancaster is a new small business advocacy group made up of local small business owners in response to the urgent needs of the Lancaster City business community in the midst of the dramatic economic downturn sparked by the pandemic. 

IMAGE BY PAIGE DURBOROW of Heyjinx 

EnCourage Lancaster Crowdfunding Campaign

Individual contributions made through a GoFundMe fundraising campaign. This initiative was led by the EnCourage Lancaster Small Business organization formed by local small businesses in response to COVID-19.

ASSETS & Community First Fund Loan Funds

Two Lancaster 501(c)(3) nonprofits and certified Community Development Financial Institutions are collectively contributing ~$1,000,000 in loan capital. These two organizations will also managed and dispersed all funds raised.

ASSETS and Community First Fund—two Lancaster 501(c)(3) non-profits and CDFIs—will be managing and distributing funding in an equitable, timely, and structured manner.  Details on the application (including terms, requirements, and distribution) are coming soon so stay connected for updates. 

EnCourage Lancaster is an advocacy group of small businesses supporting small businesses. All funds raised through the April 2020 Encourage Lancaster crowdfunding campaign will be disbursed as cash grants through the Lancaster City Emergency Relief Fund.

START AN EnCourage CHAPTER IN YOUR AREA

Encourage Lancaster is also ready to empower other areas in Lancaster County to start their own Small Business Emergency Funds. Contact us today and learn how to start a chapter and emergency fund in your own area. We’re eager to help you help your communities during these difficult times–and after.

Small Business Support

JOIN OUR SLACK SUPPORT GROUP

LANCASTER CHAMBER COVID-19 INFO PAGE

SMALL BIZ BRICK & MORTAR SURVEY

How Else You Can Help

HAVE TIME ON YOUR HANDS? BECOME A HELPER

SIGN OUR PLEDGE – COMING SOON  

BUY GIFT CARDS & SERVICES – LANC.CARE

EnCourage Lancaster will advocate for businesses, who will need a combination of Grants, Rent Assistance, Support Services and Easy To Obtain Flexible Loans to survive this crisis.

Our Team

ANNE KIRBY 

KRISHA MARTZALL

DANA ROBERTSON

CHARLIE CRYSTLE

RICHARD WAINE

 

MEGAN WALDMAN

NANCY KEELER

ADAM GALLEK

SANDRA KILPATRICK JORDAN

JEN REINER 

 

 

PAIGE DURBOROW

MICHELLE SALINAS

ROBERT SMITH

JOSH CARRIGAN

JEFF STOLZFUS