RICHMOND, Va. -- Eligible small businesses don't have to worry about keeping their customers warm during these cold months.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Evergreen Enterprises donated 200 outdoor heat lamps to be distributed throughout the city.
Small businesses in the City of Richmond can register online to receive one of the lamps.
The online registration is designed to verify the small businesses that are eligible for a heat lamp.
In order to be eligible for a heat lamp, you must be currently open for business, sell prepared meals and/or beverages or provide take-out prepared meals and/or beverages and operate in a commercial building in the city.
You must also have a permanent or temporary approved outdoor dining/patio space, an active application to get approval for an outdoor dining/patio space or an outdoor waiting area for customers.
After being approved for a lamp, instructions on how and where to pick it up will be sent to the businesses via email or telephone.
Businesses that have up to six outdoor seats and/or an outdoor customer pick-up area can receive one outdoor heat lamp. Businesses that have seven or more outdoor seats will be eligible to receive two outdoor heat lamps.
“The donation of these outdoor heat lamps could not have come at a better time. For many small businesses, this tool will be what gets them through our coldest months,” said Stoney. “We are so thankful to Evergreen for their generosity and are excited to get these heaters in the hands of those who need them most.”
The City of Richmond announced the donation from Evergreen Enterprises on January 11.
Evergreen Enterprises is a flag, home and garden manufacturer and distributor in the city. The company also owns Plow & Hearth.
“The pandemic has slowed the vibrant, diverse growth our community has enjoyed in recent years, and we’re happy to partner with the city to support small businesses during this challenging time,” said Ting Xu, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Evergreen Enterprises. “We’re fortunate to have the sourcing capabilities and factory partners to help us deliver these sought-after heaters.”
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