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Will Burns on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

Summer is coming to a close, but chambers of commerce remain hard at work, supporting local businesses and promoting economic recovery. Here are a few recent examples we noticed this week:

  • Commerce Lexington’s access loan program has approved $2,187,230 in grants to 151 businesses, an average of almost $14,500 per business. The $2.5 million small business stimulus program could wrap next week, but some members of the Urban County Council already are talking about a round 2 at some point.
  • The Joplin Chamber launched the Ideas on Tap program to support those who have been laid off by with resources, programs, education, and places for people to work and start businesses of their own.
  • The Cape Cod Chamber is helping businesses in key industries like tourism adapt and identify opportunities in a changing economy.
  • The Terre Haute Chamber supporting businesses to help the downtown core evolve through the pandemic
  • Family Forward NC was launched to help businesses of all sizes adopt family-friendly policies to improve child and family well being. Ashville Area Chamber President & CEO Kit Cramer is on the Initiative’s advisory council.
  • The Metro Atlanta Chamber released the final report of its RESTORE Initiative that includes more than 120 recommendations to help Georgia recover quickly.

Keep sharing your examples with us. Email Will Burns at wburns@acce.org.

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More #ChamberStrong Examples of Community COVID Response

Will Burns on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

 This week, we continue to share a variety of examples for how chambers of commerce are supporting their communities through challenging times, from facilitating access to capital and measuring economic impact to distributing personal protective equipment and launching new initiatives to help small businesses rebound and survive.

  • The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and city of Tuscaloosa gave a final round of funding to businesses hit hard by COVID-19 -- $84,279 in funding to 38 businesses. In all 230 Tuscaloosa businesses have received funds from the $1M the city awarded to the chamber.
  • The Durango Chamber in Colorado received $60,000 from a local resort and charitable foundation to launch programs to support local businesses, including educational programs and scholarships to cover chamber membership.
  • The Nashville Area Chamber’s Research Center created models to forecast the economic impact to the State of Tennessee and the joint Nashville and Clarksville MSAs as a result of COVID-19. View the complete analysis here.
  • The Northern Virginia Chamber launched NOVA Member Connector website to help the businesses that have been hit hardest during the COVID crisis and tell inspiring community stories.
  • The Association of Washington Business and a broad coalition of employer advocates continue to urge Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public through its Stay Safe Washington initiative.
  • The Santa Maria Valley Chamber is providing free personal protective equipment, including hand sanitizer, face masks and face shields, to struggling small businesses with 20 employees or fewer.
  • The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce partnered with the city to launch www.LNKPPE.com, a website to help connect the community with locally sources personal protective equipment.
  • The South Carolina Chamber teamed up with Duke Energy to launch a new program to help small businesses rebound and survive the COVID crisis, though targeted mentoring in crucial areas like marketing, legal support and finance.

Keep sharing your examples with us. Email Will Burns at wburns@acce.org

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Creative Ideas to Address Community Challenges

ACCE Staff on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

The U.S. Congress left town without an agreement on a new COVID-19 stimulus package, but chambers of commerce continue working to support economic recovery in the communities they serve. Here are a few interesting best practice examples we wanted to share this week:

Getting Capital to Small Businesses

Helping Businesses Reopen Safely

  • The Spartanburg Area Chamber launched a fast-turnaround testing partnership to provide businesses with access to timely, reliable and affordable COVID-19 testing.
  • The Odessa Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Discover Odessa and local arts partners to create the #MaskUpOdessa Poster Contest to encourage the community to wear masks. See the winners here.
  • The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, an organization founded by the Greater Miami Chamber and Greater Miami Progress Foundation, launched a platform where certified MBEs that supply PPE products can be connected with buyers.
  • The Newport Beach Chamber rolled out a free sign campaign to spread the word about the importance of wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.
  • Thanks to the ongoing support of member businesses, the Greenville Chamber’s Mask Up initiative continues to provide free masks to small businesses and nonprofits who need them.

Navigating School Reopening & Child Care Challenges

Helping Businesses and the Community Navigate

  • Kalispell Chamber hosted a webinar with the superintendent of the school system.
  • The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber created a Child Care Task Force to identify creative solutions for child care as schools transition to remote learning.
  • The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is compiling a database of child care service providers to support working parents searching for options.
  • The Missoula Chamber is conducting a child care survey and working with the United Way and Missoula Economic Partnership to develop creative solutions to address child care needs.
  • Also, view recent webinars from ACCE and the U.S. Chamber.

 

Keep sending us the great work your chambers are doing so that we can share it in future updates. Email Will Burns at wburns@acce.org.  

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Chamber Leaders Selected for ACCE Economic Recovery Fellowship

Amy Shields on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:00:00 pm 


ACCE is pleased to announce that 42 chamber of commerce professionals, representing urban and rural communities from 24 states, have been selected by ACCE to participate in its Fellowship for Economic Recovery.

Throughout this year-long, immersive executive development program, fellows will address different aspects of economic recovery— from education and talent to economic development and entrepreneurship. The curriculum will focus on strategies for building more equitable economic outcomes and creating economies that work for everyone. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Ann Kelly. “The Fellowship is the latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in shaping recovery efforts, building resilient local economies and creating opportunities for everyone in the community to thrive.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Economic Recovery is designed to help chambers refine their economic recovery goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes. The program will begin with its first virtual session in September.

 

2020 Education and Talent Development Fellows

Lucia Cape
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Ala.)

Kim Casko 
President & CEO
Iowa City Area Business Partnership (Iowa)

Tori Colarusso
Director of Communications and Leadership Development
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (Vt.)

Krystal Crockett
President/CEO
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce (Okla.)

Regina Duncan
President
Nassau County (Florida) Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Tiffany Esposito, CCE 
President & CEO
SWFL Inc. (Fla.)

Julie Forsythe
Senior Vice President, Business & Economic Growth
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)

Michael Gallops
President/CEO
Rowlett Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Cheryl Garrison
Director of Talent and Workforce Development
Greenville Chamber (S.C.)

Claire Greenwood
Vice President and Executive Director, CEO Council for Growth
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (Pa.)

Michael Haley
Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development; Senior Vice President, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)

Kaylie Hogan-Schnittker
Director of Talent Strategy
Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (Neb.)

Miles Huff
Senior Director of Talent Initiatives
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce (Tenn.)

Jeffrey Hunt, CCE
President & CEO
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (N.Y.)

Ann Hutchison
Executive Vice President
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce (Colo.)

Katerina Klawes
Program Manager
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Clint Knight
Director of Workforce Development
Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development (Ohio)

Jessica Linder Gallo
President/CEO
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Kelle Marsalis, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Plano Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Freddy Mawyin
Senior Economic Advisor
Topeka Chamber - Greater Topeka Partnership (Kan.)

Debbi Moore
President/CEO
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce (N.M.)

Glenn Morris
President & CEO
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (Calif.)

Saul Newton
Executive Director
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Gabriela Ortigoni
President & CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (Fla.)

Jim Page
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Scott Pedowitz
Government Affairs Manager
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (Va.)

Tanya Perea Doose
CEO & Director
Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce | aka | Rifle Area Chamber (Colo.)

Douglas Peters
President & CEO
Abilene Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Theresa Pinto
Executive Director
Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Gary Plummer
President & CEO
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce (Kan.)

Breann Preston
Director of Market Intelligence
Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC (Colo.)

Caitlin Pusateri
Vice President, Leadership Development
Rockford Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Rue Ramsey
Vice President Workforce & Talent Strategies, Economic Development
Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.)

James Reddish
Executive Vice President
Little Rock Regional Chamber (Ark.)

Laura Stewart
Vice President of Community Engagement
Forsyth County Chamber (Ga.)

Sara Swisher
Vice President of Talent & Workforce
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ohio)

Christi Taylor
Director, Programs and Employer Partnerships
Detroit Regional Chamber (Mich.)

Patty VanderWal
President
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce (Ala.)

Corine Waldau
Economic Development Director
Boulder Chamber (Colo.)

Cindy Williams
CEO
Cartersville-Bartow Chamber (Ga.)

Erik Williams
Director of Community Development
Vail Valley Partnership (Colo.)

Rebecca Wood
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Investor Development
Greater Louisville Inc. (Ky.)

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National Survey to Identify Small Business Funding Programs

Will Burns on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

Economic recovery for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic prompts a series of critical, practical questions:

  • What resources exist to support US small businesses during the on-going response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How many of them are capitalized by federal, state, non-profit, or philanthropic funding and have special requirements?
  • How many target micro businesses?
  • How many are focused on supporting minority business owners, veteran business owners, and woman business owners?
  • If you are helping a small business better understand their options to endure the economic impacts of the pandemic, what resources exist in your state?

ACCE is working with several national organizations to ask our members to help gather this information so it can be readily accessed from a single source.

Please share this message and link with your network of funding resources – community foundation, local CDFI, etc. Completing this questionnaire should take less than five minutes and it will yield significant insights regarding the available support for small businesses across our nation.  It is anticipated that a wide range of vital resources will be identified through the broad networks of business and economic development partners.

Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/VUbkdWwnE29GE1sGA

This questionnaire will remain open for input until August 14.

Since we are partnering with multiple organizations, it is possible that you will receive a request to complete this more than once.  Please complete the form only once.  

Thank you for helping us canvas the nation to identify vital resources to support our nation’s small businesses.

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