Amarillo Chamber of Commerce to discuss impact of COVID-19 on local small businesses

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce held a press conference Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on Amarillo small businesses.

John Harrison, President & CEO of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce said during the pandemic, small businesses saw tough times.

Harrison said whether it was because businesses had too much business or were just trying to keep the doors open, they had to be resilient.

“We are seeing the resilience of our business community as they get back on track to rebuild and grow after a such a challenging last year,” said Harrison.

The Chamber said they are applying a ‘Supporting Small Business Initiative’ to offer free benefits to the organization’s small business members, which include programs, seminars, virtual events, and more for little to no cost to our members throughout 2021.

“Our small businesses moved ahead even with the uncertainty and so what the chamber realized is that we need to make sure that were doing everything we can to support our small businesses, said Harrison.

Harrison also explained the future benefits that local small businesses will receive.

“We are already seeing the excitement of our members at our Business After Hours and ribbon-cutting events since opening back up, and we have a full calendar planned for networking events to help these businesses connect with the customers again.”

Harrison said that The Chamber’s membership is made up of 80-85% of small businesses.

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said citizens who made the decision to shop locally helped small businesses through the pandemic and the outlook for the coming year is great.

“As a nation, we are going to see a three percent increase in retail, but in Amarillo, we are projected to see double that, a six percent increase for our retail stores, that’s amazing!” I’m thrilled with that!” said Mayor Nelson.

If you would like to know more about the Supporting Small Business Initiative and the benefits of partnership, contact the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

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