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March 2020
Chamber Member,

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff and the Amarillo business community we want to thank you for your continued support of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce over the past year. 
 
We understand this is a challenging and uncertain time for business. Through our continued partnerships, we are confident we can weather this uncertainty while also developing and engaging in new and productive strategies that will help our collective business community.
 
We look forward to serving you now and in the future, and please let us know what we can do to help your business through this trying time. 


Gary Molberg
President & CEO
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
806.373.7800
806.342.2001 direct
 Film Commission
Click here or on the image above to view the Small Business ELA Loan Guide.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
You are invited to a Littler Webinar from Texas Association of Business : Practical Advice for Employers Facing Paid Leave and Compensation Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted today's workforce, creating numerous issues that must be quickly addressed by employers. Circumstances and legal guidance change on at least a daily basis, making it difficult for employers to stay abreast of the issues and maintain legal compliance. This webinar will assist employers in identifying key areas of concern related to paid leave and compensation, provide an update on the most recent legal obligations, and offer strategies for managing a workforce during the pandemic.  Click here or the blue button above to register.
From the State Comptroller's Office: "We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February." Click here for more information.
Paycheck Protection Program

"The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards." Click here for more information.
Click here to see a list of restaurants providing curbside takeaway, delivery, and drive thru options in Amarillo. This page has multiple sources for restaurant lists from Facebook groups, the Panhandle Restaurant Association, other websites, and the Convention & Visitor Council's list that our office maintains.

If you have a food service business that offers delivery, curbside or carryout options, please email Braley@visitamarillo.com if you are not already on the list and would like to be included for free.
Employers of the Texas Panhandle,

These are unprecedented times and stress is high for everyone. We know that you have concerns about the COVID-19 situation’s effects on your business. We are constantly working to stay up–to-date on all of the information coming down through the different government agencies and to get it to you in the timeliest and easiest manner as possible.

To help answer some of the specific questions you may have, we are hosting a Virtual Town Hall Q&A session with The Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson, on Wednesday, April 1st, at 3:30pm. During this discussion he will answer questions important to business owners in the Texas Panhandle.

Participants will be able to submit questions regarding the federal stimulus packages, small business disaster loans, and employment law questions prior to the event and have them answered by Commissioner Demerson and others.

Tentative agenda is as follows:

I. Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall Overview
II. Remarks Workforce Solutions Panhandle Trent Morris, Director
III. Remarks Texas Workforce Commission Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers
IV. Audience Q&A
V. Close - Business Resources

In order to participate and to submit questions, please RSVP at: https://bit.ly/3dJZ12a

For questions regarding registration, please call (806) 350-1254.

Business Services Unit
1206 SW 7th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101
(806) 350-1254
We encourage you to take a  brief survey  about how COVID-19 is affecting your business.
Find the above links and more on our COVID-19 Resource page .
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Stay tuned for a double issue of our next newsletter that will include new members, renewing members, and ribbon cutting photos that took place in February and March.
2019-20 Chamber Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Dusty Doyle - Chair
Casey Carpet One Floor & Home
 
Chris Reed - Chair-Elect
Reed Beverage

John Luciano - Finance Chair
Street Volkswagen

Michelle Reichert - Past Chair
CNS Pantex
 
Gary Molberg - President & CEO
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
 
Brandy Sanchez - Membership Chair
KAMR/KCIT/KCPN-TV
 
Wes Wright - Business Chair
Wright Law TX, PLLC
 
Bob Murray - Governmental Affairs Chair
AimBank
 
Leon Church - Agriculture Chair
Potter County Commission

Stephanie Price - Quality of Life Chair 
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Angela Knapp Eggers - Convention & Visitor Chair
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health

Ginger Nelson - Mayor
City of Amarillo


DIRECTORS

Tyler Andrews, Andrews & Associates / cat.man.du
Blaine Baker, Denton & Baker Agency
David Bishop, Amarillo ISD
Lew Bradshaw, Pat Davis Properties
Lloyd Brown, Amarillo EDC
Kevin Carter, Amarillo EDC
Ryan Chandler, Northwest Texas Healthcare
Richard Constancio, Shiver-Megert & Associates
Joe Graham, Graham Brothers Jewelers
Jason Henderson, Bell
Mark Hodges, FirstCapital Bank of Texas
Julie Imke, WTAMU Amarillo Center
Charles Leard, M&R Liquor
Trent Morris, Workforce Solutions Panhandle
Ed Nichols, Brown, Graham & Company, P.C.
Joseph Peterson, Edward Jones
Aaron Sage, Sage Oil Vac
Doug Street, Affiliated Foods
Wendi Swope, Double U Marketing 
Ronnie Walker, Xcel Energy
Peter Warrick, Atmos Energy
Mikel Williamson, Happy State Bank
Lance Wolff, Insurica DFB


Learn more about our Board of Directors
on our website

The Chamber cannot guarantee your success or your profitability, but it can guarantee the right business climate for you to succeed.   

                                                    –  Author Unknown
ADVERTISING PARTNERS

Want to know about Advertising Options with the Chamber or find out who our third-party partners are? Check out our Advertising Opportunities page on our website for a list of authorized partners offering products on our behalf.

We encourage you to reference this page if anyone reaches out to you with a solicitation claiming to be "with the Chamber" BEFORE you give them any private or financial information. And if you ever have a question or want to verify who our partners are, just give us a call at 373-7800 or email penni@amarillo-chamber.org .
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