COVID- 19 Update Letter : Resources and Business Support

By March 18, 2020 March 24th, 2020 Chamber Insights, COVID-19

COVID-19 Update Letter: Resources and Business Community Support

A note from GMC President & CEO, Mike Skelton

 

3/18/2020

Dear Chamber Members,

The last week has brought change and uncertainty to our state and communities. While we may be in uncharted territory, we are in this together. Our community has always been defined by its resiliency, collaborative spirit, and kindness to one another. It is these same traits that will see us through this challenge.

During this time, the Chamber will remain hard at work on your behalf. Our team is developing new ways to do business so we can continue to provide opportunities to build business networks and relationships, access valuable information and resources, and hear from and engage with elected officials and community leaders. As always, we will continue advocating for you and serving as your voice as policymakers develop potential solutions to help the business community weather this storm and rebound as quickly as possible.

Help us understand
We want to know how this issue is impacting you. Click here to take our quick 1-minute poll so we can better understand the challenges you are facing and how we can best support you.

Support your small business community!
We have developed a centralized blog post with 5 ways to support our small business community during this crisis. This resource blog includes a directory of Chamber members offering food takeout and delivery, retail goods, arts and entertainment, and other services. This page will be updated regularly, please contact us at marketing-pr@manchester-chamber.org if you have an update we can share.

Business Support and Public Health Resources
We also are continuing to update a centralized page of helpful employer information and public health resources. This includes information from the CDC and state officials, common sense preventive public health steps we can all follow, as well as tools for employers for navigating this situation on topics like remote working.

Government Support and SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Business
As part of our advocacy work, the Chamber will be engaging with policymakers throughout this process as they consider stimulus packages and policies to mitigate the impacts to the business community. It is critical that these policies are targeted at supporting small businesses who are feeling the immediate impact of this crisis.

One immediate step small business can take is to contact NH Office of Emergency Management’s Joint Information Center. Businesses who are currently being disrupted by this situation should contact the Office of Emergency Management’s Joint Information Center by phone at 603-223-6169, or by email at jic@dos.nh.gov. Providing this information will aid US Small Business Administration officials as they work to make disaster loans available to New Hampshire businesses.

Our Chamber Response
We believe in leading by example and have adapted our Chamber operations in light of recommendations from public health officials and efforts in order to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. We have postponed in-person events and programs until further notice and our office is no longer open to public and is available only for scheduled meetings and appointments with staff. Our outstanding Chamber team, whether working remotely or in the office, is here to support you by email or phone. Click here to find the contact information for our staff.

Remember, we are in this together. Collective action for the good will help our business community navigate this challenge and we must not allow fear to get in the way of commerce. Please consider all the ways you can support your fellow businesses and community partners – purchase take-out meals and gift cards, shop locally, and renew memberships with cultural and civic institutions.

Above all, continue to embody those important characteristics of resiliency, collaboration, and kindness that have always defined our community.

Be safe and healthy!

Mike Skelton, President & CEO, GMC