COVID-19 Good News Business Stories

Business Responds to COVID-19

COVID-19 Good News Business Stories

Businesses Doing Their Part in the Fight Against COVID-19

The online music platform Bandcamp has helped raise $11.4 million for musicians affected by the pandemic

The online music marketplace waived its revenue share in two artist-focused campaigns over the past several weeks that have raised a combined $11.4 million for artists.

Master Lock announces product donation to help protect frontline healthcare, first responder and small business workers amid pandemic

Master Lock is donating up to 1,000 Bluetooth Lock Boxes – a more than $250,000 investment – to help frontline workers and small business owners safeguard their critical personal protective equipment and important supplies and assets amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

How a Berks County woman used Facebook to rescue an egg farmer’s 80,000 hens amid the coronavirus

Hamburg egg farmer Josh Zimmerman faced disaster about a month ago when his bulk-egg processor ran out of storage for liquefied eggs. Timi Bauscher, 38, who runs the Nesting Box Farm Market and Creamery proposed to sell some of Zimmerman’s eggs at her roadside market.

Forbici, Lightning send 5,000 Impossible Burgers to front-line workers

The owners of Tampa restaurant Forbici Modern Italian received a donation to feed workers fighting the coronavirus, but they needed somewhere to cook all the food.

Beyond Meat Is Donating Over 1 Million Plant-Based Burgers

Beyond Meat, a plant-based food company, has pledged to donate and distribute over 1 million of the company’s vegetarian Beyond Meat burgers to places like hospitals and food banks.

Auto Insurance Premium Relief Payment

We understand the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic is creating within households all across the nation — and we want to help. We’ve established the Auto Insurance Premium Relief Payments to help our customers by providing a one-time, $50.00 payment for each vehicle insured under a personal auto insurance policy they have with us.

Publix Super Markets Charities donates another $1 million to Feeding America member food banks

Publix Super Markets Charities announced today a second $1 million donation to Feeding America member food banks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Open for Business Hub

The Open for Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period.

Winn-Dixie parent company pays for groceries of health care workers and first responders

More than 1,000 Tampa Bay medical professionals were surprised with free food and essentials Monday night.

Samsung to support U.S. communities in the fight against COVID-19

Today, Samsung is continuing our community outreach by donating $4.3 million in COVID-19 relief to local partners in neighborhoods where a majority of our U.S. employees live and work. These donations build upon our global efforts to date, which now surpass $33 million.

Lakeland pizzeria makes 400 meals for healthcare workers after viral post helps triple their sales

A pizzeria in Lakeland, feeling the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic, was able to keep its doors open after the community stepped up to save the business. Now, the owner is giving back.

In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, grocery store owner keeps doors open

Burnell Cotlon spent his life’s savings to open the only grocery store, Burnell’s Lower 9 Market, in the Lower 9th Ward. Now it remains the only business of its kind in the Lower 9th Ward, and the Army veteran is working nearly 17 hours a day to make sure it’s stocked with groceries and much-needed supplies like face masks and cleaning items.

Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal on the company’s response to coronavirus

A Scottish convenience store has given away thousands of dollars in free toilet paper, antibacterial handwash, tissues, and anti-Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade, joins “Squawk Alley” to discuss how the company is handling the shift in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ashley HomeStore Donates 100 New Beds to Emergency Shelter to Help Reduce COVID-19 Spread

TAMPA, Fla. – March 30, 2020 – (Newswire.com) – Furniture retailer Ashley HomeStore donated 100 new beds in partnership with the City of Tampa and Catholic Charities of St. Petersburg in a combined effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The donation will provide Tampa’s vulnerable population with a place to shelter and sleep well.

Airstream has loaned Nest trailers to support those performing testing at drive-through testing sites.

Airstream recently partnered with Ohio-based Wilson Health to help facilitate their COVID-19 testing and care efforts. Airstream has loaned Nest trailers to support those performing testing at drive-through testing sites. Additionally, our sewing team is currently working from home making personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and first responders.

Free Shoes: KEEN Is Giving Away 100,000 Pairs to Those in Need

KEEN will give away some $10 million worth of shoes to help folks weather this surreal and unprecedented time. And the Portland-based shoemaker is being particularly generous with who will benefit: anyone.

Families of front line responders can get their laundry done for free with Tide

Tide is offering free laundry service to the families of front line responders.
Until April 30, the well-known laundry detergent company announced its services will be available in Houston, Phoenix and Indianapolis.

Spry Therapeutics donated 10,000 of its virus-blocking medical pillows to hospitals across the US.

Spry Therapeutics, a health and wellness technology company, announced today that it will donate 10,000 of its filtered healthcare pillows, the Spry Medical Pillow, to hospitals across the United States to help thwart the spread of COVID-19 and other harmful pathogens, such as MRSA, C. diff, E. coli, and Candida auris.

Local pizzerias deliver 2,700 free pizzas to health-care workers

Last Tuesday afternoon, Matt Porter loaded up a car with 40 pizza boxes and drove 15 empty blocks through New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. His mission: to deliver pies from Sofia Pizza Shoppe, the pizzeria he’s co-owned with Tommy DeGrezia for four years, to hospital staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at no cost.

Serta Simmons Bedding to Donate 10,000 Mattresses to New York Hospitals

Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), the nation’s largest bedding manufacturer, will donate 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is calling on its peers to do the same.

COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we’re announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. 

The Private Sector's Heartening Response to COVID-19

Creativity and selflessness are on display everywhere. It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. Yet we shouldn’t lose sight of the exceptional vitality that the private sector is demonstrating during this mess. It will make a difference, so cheer up!

Tampa Bay Area businesses offering help to government workers amid partial shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues, many government workers across the nation are going without pay. Some Tampa Bay Area businesses are stepping up to the plate to offer what they can to help.

How companies are stepping up to ease coronavirus hardships

As companies around the country and world suffer from the effects of the deadly novel coronavirus, some businesses are stepping up to help alleviate some of the economic fallout.

Burger Patch has pledged to donate 100-percent of its profits through March

Burger Patch—Sacramento, CA’s first all-vegan burger concept—has pledged to donate 100-percent of its profits through March to the  Save Our Restaurants fund, established in partnership with the City of Sacramento.

Corner Store Owner Gives Away More Than $6,000 in FREE GOODS to Seniors Preparing for Quarantines

A Scottish convenience store has given away thousands of dollars in free toilet paper, antibacterial handwash, tissues, and anti-inflammatories to seniors staying home amidst novel coronavirus warnings.

Christian Siriano atelier is halting clothing production and undertaking mass production of face masks and health care materials

With the cooperation and encouragement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Christian Siriano atelier is halting clothing production and undertaking mass production of face masks and health care materials to be given to emergency and frontline health care workers amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Instacart hired 300,000 workers in a month. It plans to hire 250,000 more

Instacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic. Now, the startup is seeking to hire another 250,000 workers over the next two months.

Allbirds donates $500,000 worth of shoes to healthcare workers.

Allbirds: We’re working hard to lift up our healthcare community responding to COVID-19. We’ve already donated $500,000 worth of shoes.

Axon donates 12,000 masks and other PPE to Maricopa County first responders

The National Police Foundation is happy to announce that we have partnered with Axon Enterprise, Inc. in an effort to provide one million medical masks to first responders and other public safety officials globally.

Loom makes its video software free forever for educators.

If you’re a teacher or a student at a K-12 school, university, or educational institution using Loom for classroom work, you can use Loom Pro for free, forever.

Bass Pro Shops founder to donate 1 million face masks to COVID-19 health care workers

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is personally donating 1 million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across the United States.

A Wisconsin creamery is providing free milk using a ‘kindness cooler’

Sassy Cow Creamery, owned by brothers James and Robert Baerwolf, in Columbus, Wisconsin is keeping a refrigerator outside of their store fully stocked with milk and other dairy products.

Louis Vuitton converts US workshops to make masks to fight coronavirus

Artisans in the label’s New Jersey, California and Texas facilities will adhere to social-distancing guidelines while producing the nonsurgical cotton masks, which are washable, reusable and adjustable (to ensure they fit all faces).

A Chicago restaurant group is handing out thousands of meals for free after having to furlough 600 workers

When the founders of Chicago’s Fifty/50 Restaurant Group had to furlough 600 of their employees across 14 restaurants because of the coronavirus, they knew they had to act. Since then, the restaurant group has given out free meals to around 6,000 Chicago residents. 

Creative Ways Companies Are Giving Back During The COVID-19 Crisis

Fifty-six percent of consumers report being happy to learn about how brands are helping in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rock Springs, Wyoming - Local businesses donate to COVID-19 Response Fund

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING  – Genesis Alkali pledged a $5,000 donation in support of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s efforts during this pandemic. Bruce and Carla Pivic donated $2,000 through their businesses, Infinity Power and Controls and WyoRadio.

Apple’s Newest Product: Face Shields For Doctors, Nurses Fighting Coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today via Twitter that the company has sourced 20 million face masks for medical professionals. More interestingly, Apple has designed and is already shipping a face shield to protect those who are treating COVID-19 patients. This new product was created by Apple designers and is being produced by Apple and its suppliers.

Aruba is also donating $50 million in secure network connectivity kits

With the global spread of COVID-19, Aruba is doing everything in its power to help those on the front lines of the crisis.
That’s why we’re donating $50 million in products through our healthcare connectivity bundles. These bundles are designed
for rapid provisioning and deployment in hospitals, clinics, drive-thru testing locations, and temporary treatment centers.

Rays and Rowdies donate 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay, commit to match 1.5 million more in response to COVID-19 crisis

The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are donating up to 2.5 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need during the current COVID-19 crisis. The campaign will begin with a donation of 1 million meals and will match all donations up to an additional 1.5 million meals.

Oklahoma company donating $1M to support COVID-19 relief efforts

An Oklahoma company is donating $1 million toward the COVID-19 response. On Thursday, Oklahoma City-based Jasco announced the donation and plans to provide funds to both local and national charities. The company will determine how to use the donation, focusing on a combination of national and local faith-based organizations by reaching out to potential partners.

Jayco donates several RV units to local healthcare facilities

A local RV business is also helping to fight the pandemic. Jayco donated several units to local healthcare facilities and first responders. The South Bend Clinic is using two of them for additional space. The donation allows them to give pediatric immunizations outside of the clinic building.

Cloudflare for Teams Free for Small Businesses During Coronavirus Emergency

Beginning today, we are making our Cloudflare for Teams products free to small businesses around the world. Teams enables remote workers to operate securely and easily. We will continue this policy for at least the next 6 months. You can learn more and apply at: https://www.cloudflare.com/smallbusiness

Harbor Freight vows to donate entire supply of personal protective equipment to hospitals

Harbor Freight announced on Sunday the company is donating its entire supply of personal protective equipment to hospitals. Items being donated are N95 masks, face shields and nitrile gloves.

Bauer making face shields for medical workers treating coronavirus

Hockey gear manufacturer producing devices that are in short supply. Bauer, one of the leading manufacturers of hockey equipment, has begun making face shields for medical workers treating patients with the coronavirus.

Tampa Bay businesses step up to help others survive coronavirus

One company decided to forgo collecting rent in April. Two others started making hand sanitizer to give away.

Uber Eats announces efforts to support Tampa restaurant industry amid COVID-19 concerns

Uber Eats today announced efforts to support independent restaurant owners and operators as the hospitality industry faces unprecedented challenges amidst the COVID-19 state of emergency. 

How Companies Are Stepping Up to Fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to stretch healthcare supply chains to what some fear could be their breaking points, various businesses are stepping up to repurpose their manufacturing capabilities to produce much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and hand sanitizer.

Ohio small businesses stepping up to help Girl Scouts who lost out on cookie sales due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic’s far-reaching effect on the United States economy is a top-of-mind concern for small business owners across the country, including the smallest ones of all: Girl Scouts. It’s hard to move cookies when the CDC advises against getting close enough to sell them in person.

Crocs donating shoes to healthcare workers during coronavirus outbreak

Healthcare workers have been working tirelessly on their feet during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. To help make them a bit more comfortable, Crocs is giving each one a free pair of shoes through their new program called “A Free Pair for Healthcare.”

Businesses are stepping up to help amid coronavirus

Countries across the globe are running short of essential supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and some unexpected companies have entered the game in an attempt to spread the wealth.

Distilleries producing hand sanitizer to help with coronavirus pandemic

With so many businesses forced to temporarily close due to the spread of COVID-19, distilleries around the country have found a way to help out the people who need it the most.