State, regional and local chambers of commerce continue efforts to support Maine businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
Chambers are working together to advocate for businesses, sharing resources available to businesses, and promoting ideas to help small businesses
Maine state, regional and local chambers of commerce continue to work together to support Maine businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chambers are hearing serious concerns from Maine employers about their ability to endure the pandemic. The chamber community is working closely with state, local and federal officials on efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on businesses and is hard at work updating employers and sharing resources aimed at helping businesses survive this challenging time. While prioritizing public health, chambers are also promoting ways every Mainer can help businesses, especially small businesses, continue to sell goods and services during the pandemic and its associated curfews and restrictions, including the executive order announced on Wednesday, March 18 by Governor Janet Mills (https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-takes-further-steps-respond-covid-19-protect-health-and-safety-maine-people?fbclid=IwAR29Djkw2eDxMv0FhpyY7YNvo53T5K6xOEOwlxTtCu_1VB6GySj_gCqciZM).
Resources, emergency financial assistance and additional efforts include:
Chambers across the state are urging individuals to support local and small businesses in a variety of ways including:
Many chambers are surveying member businesses for feedback on how best to support them. Several chambers are offering virtual events for members, sharing their video-conferencing capabilities with members at no charge, and holding social media contests to help support local businesses.
“Maine businesses and chambers of commerce are working closely together and with state and federal officials to advocate for businesses and to make sure employers are aware of and can access all resources available to help get them through this tough time,” said Tom Peaco, president & CEO of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. “These resources offer real assistance that we hope somewhat allay the stress businesses and individuals are facing in this difficult and uncertain time.”
“Every community’s needs are different, and we are reaching out to area businesses to help identify their needs and seek solutions,” said Deb Neuman, president & CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. “One thing we all share is our commitment to supporting one another with a sense of optimism and confidence that despite the hits Maine businesses are taking now, we will make it through to the other side of this pandemic.”
“It is important all Maine employers know assistance and resources are coming together to help them weather this unprecedented pandemic,” said Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors. “We are all in this together, we are stronger together, and the chamber of commerce community is committed to helping find ways to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, their employees and consumers, and Maine’s economy.”