|Chamber partners with county to spur business recovery posted on 11/01/2020|
Following their earlier efforts to help Mountain businesses
during the pandemic, the Mt.Hood Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with
Clackamas County’s Economic Development Division to connect businesses with
resources to support them. This program, called business recovery centers
(BRCs), is funded by $2 million in CARES Act funding and includes a number of chambers
throughout the county.
BRCs will provide funding for each chamber to hire and
deploy staff to support businesses, including offering connections to services
such as legal assistance, accounting and childcare.
“We’re doing it as slim as we can to make as much money
available to the businesses,” said Jeri McMahan, Mt.Hood Area Chamber Business
Recovery Center Representative.
McMahan said the chamber submitted a proposal and budget,
including planning to use space at the Hoodland Senior Center and hire up to
three outreach workers.
She noted that while the program could begin at the start of
November, funding still needed to be approved before it began.
The program is expected to last until the end of the year.
McMahan added that the outreach program offers person to
person contact and that the approach should be better than generic emails that
might not even be read.
“Boots on the ground and personal contact are more
successful,” she said.
The chamber has not held its monthly membership meetings due
to the pandemic, while board meetings have been held online. McMahan noted that
this year the chamber will not hold its annual volunteer breakfast, a
celebration of volunteerism that draws a crowd of people every December.
Earlier this year, the chamber created a promotional video
that aired on television and announced that there would be no membership dues
for the 2020-21 year to help support Mountain businesses during the pandemic.
For more information about BRCs or the chamber, visit
www.mthoodchamber.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-622-3017.
By Garth Guibord/MT