VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – In April, we began covering the efforts of businessman and entrepreneur Pete Snyder to pay him back by providing forgivable loans to local businesses in need during the pandemic.
The project was to last a month.
Eight months later, Snyder Virginia 30 Day Fund gave 772 companies a total of $ 3.4 million in funds.
Nick’s Fresh Seafood and Steaks secured a forgivable loan of $ 3,000.
Matt Potter from Chicho too. We were with him as he tossed pizzas at the Pacific Avenue store.
Bill Pappas, captain of “Playing Hooky” Charters, and Kisha Moore of Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts.
Then there is East Beach Veterinary Care. They have one too. On May 1, veterinarian Dr. Bonnie Alexander said, “If we don’t need the grant money, we’ll pay it back to the VA 30-Day Fund where they can help another small business in Virginia.
Wednesday is exactly what her husband Larry Alexander is about to do.
“We talked to Pete and told him we were going to pay the money back. Return the money. The first thing Bonnie said was we were making it to a restaurant type business in Virginia Beach, ”Alexander said.
Standing outside Whitmer’s barbecue on Lynnhaven Parkway were Larry, Pete and Del. Glenn Davis who contributed to Snyder’s fund.
“It’s great to help out, and I’ve never been to this barbecue place, so I have a new place to eat,” Larry said with a laugh.
Snyder then surprised Whitner owner Chris Rogers – who was in the distance doing curbside service wearing a shirt marked “Cue Crew”.
We followed Snyder into the restaurant, “Come on Gents,” and walked in holding one of those giant ceremonial checks with $ 3,000 on it.
Snyder took matters into his own hands.
“We’re going to get right to the point. We’re going to give you a fully repayable $ 3,000 loan, and it’s brought to you by Larry and Bonny Alexander. ”
Alexander added: “We wanted to help another business owner. When we were in trouble, the VA 30 Day Fund and Pete Snyder came for us. ”
Now the Alexanders pass for Rogers.
For 12 years, Chris Rogers built a business serving smoked pit grills, pulled pork brisket and everything in between.
“To get $ 3,000, I’m going to be able to keep my doors open this winter and pay the people who have worked so hard for me this year. 2021 must be a better year. It was the hardest we have had in 12 years.
Rogers kept all the employees who wanted to continue working. It went from 13 employees in February to seven today, but here it is still standing.
Rogers promises that he will also work to pay him back.
“We will continue to pay it forward, helping other small businesses. Stay open and help other small businesses.