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  • Chamber FAQ: How Does the Chamber Impact the Local Community?

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    DISCOVER WHAT YOUR CHAMBER CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS.
     
    Q: How Does the Chamber Impact the Local Community?
     
    A: Your Chamber catalyzes leaders to improve the economic prosperity and quality of place for the region. Because we link the public and private sector around a shared vision, we achieve far greater results at a tremendous value to our investors.

    DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME, the Chamber’s mission and focus has not changed. In fact, our mission and our focus have been more intentional, and we’ve shone as a beacon of light and hope through the fog of the pandemic.
     
    We the Chamber…
    ADVOCATE FOR CRITICAL RESOURCES: We’ve been monitoring and disseminating vital information as well as working daily with our Congressional delegation to advocate for key legislation regarding relief and recovery for our local business community.

    LEVERAGE PARTNERSHIPS: By pooling our resources and connections, we’ve been able to provide the critical infrastructure needed to establish processes and protocols to manage the crisis, while also serving as a clear concise voice for relief and recovery efforts.
     
    FULFILL A CRITICAL MISSION: As we move through this uncertain time together, know that the Chamber is here for you now more than ever. Connecting people to people and people to resources is what we do best, and we will continue to do that now and far beyond this crisis.
     
    YOUR PARTNERSHIP FUELS ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE REGION AND ALLOWS THE CHAMBER TO:
    • Recruit major industries
    • Sell Montgomery as a destination
    • Fuel small and minority business growth
    • Work together to grow the River Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Partner with new leadership to transform education
    • Connect, innovate and empower through the business studio and co-space
    • Advocate for issues and infrastructure
    • Build a strong and competitive workforce
     
    COVID-19-specific Chamber initiatives
     
    We also launched two new COVID-19-specific initiatives, the Recover Together Small Business Hub (Helping Unite Business) and the Recover Together Small Business Relief Fund.

    THE SMALL BUSINESS HUB, a clearinghouse for assistance and counseling, connected with more than 900 small businesses and entrepreneurs through more than 500 consultations.
     
    THE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND, an initiative of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, received more than 650 applications and has awarded $445,000 in grants to 135 small businesses to date, 80 percent of which are minority- owned.
     
    GET STARTED:
    If you’re a business in need, please visit montgomerychamber.com/hub or call 334-226-7529 to speak to a Hub Specialist.
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