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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 mthoodareachamber@gmail.com or call 503-622-3017.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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