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Review for Book Industry Charitable Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I received notice from my employer, a small independent children's bookseller, I thought I would be able to manage financially with supplementary income from unemployment and food stamps. And then I got the news that my rent was increasing by $100 per month. I was managing--barely--to hold on, but was having to pay my rent in installments and accruing $125 late fees every month. At our regional trade show, I attended the general membership meeting and heard from a representative of Binc. I hadn't suffered any of the major catastrophes that I thought were a necessary qualification for a Binc grant, but the presentation at the membership meeting made me realize that maybe I didn't need a major catastrophe, just a series of small ones. Within a week of initially contacting Binc, I was informed that I wold be receiving a grant sufficient to get me caught up on my rent, which would allow me to also get caught up on utilities (and some of my lost sleep). They saved my life and my sanity at a time when I was feeling nothing but frustration bordering on despair. If you are an independent bookseller in need, I cannot recommend the services offered by Binc highly enough. Even if you don't think you would qualify for a grant, I encourage you to ask. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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