When COVID-19 hit, like many other Lexington-area businesses, Mary’s Cleaning Service suffered. During the pandemic, calls for Anthony’s services came to a halt. “At the time, the pandemic slowed my business even further,” Anthony said. That’s when she heard about Kinetic’s Black Business Support Fund (BBSF). Anthony, one of many businesses that received the grant, said the funds helped her tremendously at a time of uncertainty. “The grant money helped me pay my employees, if I didn’t have that grant money, I wouldn’t have been able to pay them.”

Though the pandemic has been tough, Anthony has been forced to pivot frequently over her 23 years in business. She notes that her biggest change has been her reliance on technology to help her business stay connected. When Anthony started her cleaning business in the late 90’s, she reached people by word-of-mouth and by placing an ad in the Yellow Pages. Today, she stays connected with her clients and potential new clients thanks to Kinetic Internet. “Without Kinetic Internet, I wouldn’t have a connection to the outside world,” she added.

Overall, Anthony said she’s “blessed” more than anything. “I’ve seen a lot of businesses fold since I started mine in 1998.” Anthony has had three consistent clients over the past decade that have really helped her continue going, even when the pandemic hit. “I’m a hard worker. I’m honest and I’m dependable. I’m also reasonable and I think that’s what’s kept me in business.”

Kinetic is proud to support Black-Owned businesses like Mary’s Cleaning Service and many others. The BBSF has helped Black-Owned businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by donating more than $125,000 in grants.

If you’re Black-Owned business in the Lexington, Kentucky area, the Charlotte, North Carolina area or if your business is located in Kinetic’s service area of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York, click here to see if you qualify and apply. Stay tuned this month for more highlights from our BBSF awardees as we celebrate Black Business Month.