Statement by the DC Chamber of Commerce on January 6, 2021 Events In the Nation’s Capital
Since 1938, the DC Chamber of Commerce (DCC) has worked diligently with District leaders to advocate for DC’s business community, particularly our small businesses— key economic drivers and a major thread in the fabric of our community. These businesses not only drive our region’s economy, but also provide employment opportunities and are destination shops and restaurants sought after by visitors from all over the globe and by our local residents.
The acts of malice that took place in our Nation's Capital this week are disconcerting, shameful, and an affront to democracy. The perpetrators of these acts do not share or reflect the values and respect the business community has for our city or our country. Historically, members of the DCC are builders who take great pride in their contributions to the city, they uplift their community members, celebrate victories and work in collaboration with government officials when faced with challenges that economically impact our great city. Over the last 10 months, we have shown solidarity with our government and business partners in supporting all businesses. The health pandemic that forced businesses to shut down was a disrupter we could not predict nor prevent. However, the disrespectful acts that took place as a result of the riots were preventable! These acts of violence that caused our businesses to shut down, again, for their safety is inexcusable.
We are grateful to Mayor Bowser for her proactive moves to keep our businesses and residents safe, and for reaching out to leaders in Virginia and Maryland for their support on behalf of the safety of our community.
As a community, let’s continue to collaborate, communicate and innovate for the benefit of our business community and our region’s economy. Moreover, through our actions, let us be the example of restoration, resiliency and good faith to those invested in our region’s success.