Trellus gives small L.I. businesses $500 grants for deliveries

Trellus gives small L.I. businesses $500 grants for deliveries
Brian Berkery, left, Adam Haber, and J.R. Jensen (Photo provided by Trellus)

Trellus Same-Day Local Delivery is offering a $500 grant to 20 different small businesses on Long Island which would cover their subscription to the service and about three months of deliveries.

Trellus is an on-demand, same-day delivery service on Long Island which helps local businesses compete with Amazon and other large national companies, according to Adam Haber, co-founder and CEO of Trellus.

“Instead of shopping at Macy’s, you’ll go to Madison’s Niche, which is a chain of local retail stores that sells clothing and gifts,” Haber said. “We want to be everything you’d find on Amazon, you’d find on our marketplace.”

Trellus entered into the 1010 WINS Small Business $10K Challenge, sponsored by Dime Community Bank, with the intention of sharing the prize money with local companies. Upon winning the challenge, the company opened applications for small businesses to apply for 20 “micro grants” of $500 each.

“Small businesses deserve a win against the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and other e-commerce giants. Trellus is breaking down barriers to help independently owned businesses survive,” said JR Jensen, co-founder and chief technology officer of Trellus, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to share this $10,000 with independent businesses on Long Island that are driving local economic growth and breathing life into our downtowns.”

To be eligible, a business must have a physical location on Long Island. But it doesn’t have to be a store—it could also be a home-based business, Haber said. Trellus encourages businesses with a strong community focus to apply, particularly those owned by women, Black, Indigenous and people of color, and military veterans. The application window closes Feb. 14.

From “Mineloa to Montauk, the goal is for us to help people support these small businesses by making it irresistible to shop local,” Haber said.

Local Delivery Grant by Trellus logo (Photo provided by Trellus)

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