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    RECOVER TOGETHER

    MAYOR’S ECONOMIC IMPACT TASK FORCE SPARKS “RECOVER TOGETHER” INITIATIVE
    Led by the work of Mayor Steven Reed’s Covid 19 Economic Impact Task Force, the City, County and Chamber partnered to bring help to small and minority-owned businesses drastically impacted by the pandemic. The
    Small Business Hub, a clearinghouse for assistance and counseling, has connected with more than 900 small businesses and entrepreneurs and provided more than 500 consultations since its launch in late April.
     
    RECOVER TOGETHER SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND AWARDS $445,000+ IN GRANTS
    In late May, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the creation of a new grant fund that would be made available for local small businesses affected by COVID-19. The fund is to provide working capital to local small businesses as they work to continue or resume operations following COVID-19-related impacts. So far, the fund has awarded more than $445,000, which has provided direct relief to 135 local small and minority owned businesses. The fund was made possible by the generosity of our corporate and philanthropic funding partners.
     
    If you’re a small business in need, visit montgomerychamber.com/hub to complete the Hub form or call 334-226-7529 and a member of the Recover Together Small Business Hub will contact you personally, as soon as possible, to share information about available resources and connect you with relief.
     
    CHAMBER EARNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HONORS
    The Chamber was named one of the Top 20 official Economic Development Organizations in the Nation by Site Selection magazine. The Chamber is the official EDO for Montgomery and has a long-standing track record of national recognition. Site Selection magazine also named Montgomery a Top 10 Metro in the United States in its annual ranking of economic development projects announced, and the city received an honorable mention in the Mid-Market of the Year (250,000-749,999 population) category from Southern Business and Development magazine. Rankings were based on 2019 project announcements that met or exceeded 200 jobs and/or $30 million in investment.
     
    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MID-YEAR UPDATE: RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION BY THE NUMBERS
    •  19 NEW PROJECTS
    • 341 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED
    • $71.8M CAPITAL INVESTMENT ANNOUNCED
    • 2,552 EXISTING JOBS RETAINED
    • 59 ACTIVE PROJECTS
    • 400 MGM INDUSTRIES DIRECTLY CONTACTED
    • 137 EXISTING INDUSTRY VISITS AND DIRECT SUPPORT
     
    THE CHAMBER’S CHARISSE STOKES APPOINTED TO GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
    Montgomery’s growing TechMGM initiative, led by Chamber team member Charisse Stokes, will be playing a pivotal role in guiding entrepreneurial and innovation strategies for Alabama. The Alabama Innovation Commission, created by Governor Kay Ivey, is charged with examining policies to increase entrepreneurship, spur innovation and enhance technology accelerators, while addressing challenges for start-ups.
     
    The group will present a comprehensive policy agenda to the governor and the legislature, with input from a six-member Advisory Council, led by Alabama Power Executive Vice President Zeke Smith and Alabama native, former Secretary Of State of the United States and incoming Director of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
     
    “Charisse is an incredible part of our economic development team, and we are so fortunate to have her heading up TechMGM,” said Anna Buckalew, Chamber President & CEO. “Being named to the governor’s Commission speaks to Charisse’s talent and expertise and shows that Montgomery has the best of the best leading our tech initiative.”
     
    POWERFUL BENEFITS & TREMENDOUS VALUE
    Remember: Your Chamber membership is packed with exclusive member benefits, and most of them are free! Let us help you fuel your business with the resources it needs to grow and thrive.
     
    RECOVER TOGETHER SMALL BUSINESS HUB: A free, one-stop clearinghouse that connects small and minority businesses to the resources and information they need most as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Call 334-226-7529 or visit montgomerychamber.com/hub
     
    A member of the Recover Together Small Business Hub will contact you personally as soon as possible to share information about available resources and connect you with relief.
     
    ONLINE RESOURCES:
    • Job Board - List your job openings
    • Member Calendar - Post events and sales promotions
    • Non-Profit Calendar - Post fundraisers and events
    • Member-to-Member Discounts - Offer exclusive discounts to fellow Chamber members
    • Member Information Center - Pay invoices, update company records and your employee list and message other members
    • Montgomery Business Journal - The MBJ is always collecting member news to share and with six issues a year, there’s plenty of room to get your business maximum exposure.
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