PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona small businesses and restaurants struggling to stay alive got a little boost from HomeSmart, which was a true act of kindness. Broker Bobby Lieb donated over $20,000 from HomeSmart Charities to Bobby-Q, Miracle Mile Deli and a local Subway franchise.
"Anybody who has started a business that knows what it’s like to build something from the ground up. Sorry, time to do it all over again.”
Laura Hogan, with Bobby-Q, is so grateful for this generosity right now. "This money's gonna help us keep jobs for employees, and keep people working, and keeping the chefs."
Congressional lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a $2 trillion stimulus bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with cash and assistance for regular Americans, Main Street businesses and hard-hit airlines and manufactures, among others.
Hogan added that this is Bobby-Q's busiest time of the year, as is the case for most Valley businesses in the spring. "We're used to going through some high volume numbers. March is our busiest month of the year, so it's hit restaurants really really hard," she said.
Rachel Carroll, the owner of The Neuromuscular Studio in Tempe and Gilbert, is taking that message to heart, and created a new YouTube video series to help her clients reduce pain, even while her business is temporarily closed.
Lieb, a former night club owner in Phoenix, knows the struggle these owners are dealing with right now and wanted to help in any way he could. "I was in the business for a long time, and the restaurant bar business means a lot to me, and that to me was, I just don't wanna see these guys go."