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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Today's update includes information about the new Open Texas Guidelines for Texas and the 1-week delay for Amarillo, more money raised by Amarillo Matters to support shopping local, two new local prize money winners, a reminder about Thursday's free seminar for our members, and more.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are adding new information and resources to our COVID Resource Page on our website daily.

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 look forward to serving you now and in the future, and please let us know what we can do to help your business.

Gary Molberg
President & CEO
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
806.342.2001 direct
Governor Releases New Open Texas Guidelines
Amarillo to Remain at Current Reopening Level for One Week

Click here or the image above to view the guidelines and future open dates.
AMARILLO, TX – Gov. Greg Abbott announced today (Monday, May 18) that Potter and Randall counties (which includes the city of Amarillo) will remain at current reopening levels related to COVID-19 for one week.

The governor announced Monday the next phase of reopening businesses in the state. There are five counties that will delay Phase Two of the reopening process for one week. The counties are Randall, Potter, Moore, Deaf Smith and El Paso counties.

The governor described the one-week delay as a “temporary pause” in the reopening process for these counties.

Current requirements for restaurants have been in effect since May 5 and for barber shops and salons since May 8. Gyms were allowed to open Monday at 25 percent capacity. These regulations and requirements remain in effect for the next seven days.

For more information on these requirements and guidelines, go to

“The city has been working diligently with the governor’s office in formulating and crafting a response to COVID-19,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “In a state the size of Texas, a one-size-fits-all policy does not always work. Keeping Amarillo and the community at the current reopening level for seven days is prudent and appropriate as we continue to address the spread of this illness in our community.

“We are grateful for the cooperation with the state and with the governor in addressing the individual needs of cities and counties during this pandemic. A one-week delay in moving ahead with an additional reopening phase ensures that Amarillo can continue to maintain our health care capacity.”

For more information, contact City of Amarillo Communications Manager David Henry at (806) 378-5219 or
Amarillo Matters Expands Shop Local Efforts
If you are a Chamber Member business with fewer than 50 employees, be sure you sign up for the chance to win $1,000 for your business and $500 for one of your customers from Amarillo Matters. They have already named 3 business winners, including White Rabbit Antiques, Groovy Pop Gourmet Popcorn, and Real Deals - Amarillo. There's now even more money to be given away. Read the press release below:

Amarillo, TX--- Amarillo Matters announced Monday they’ve been able to raise an additional $20,000, which will be used to expand their ‘shop local’ efforts.

“We live in an unbelievably generous community,” Amarillo Matters President, Jason Herrick, said. “And we all understand the role small businesses play in our economy and know how important it is to show our support.”

In less than a week, Amarillo Matters was able to secure donations from FirstBank Southwest, Happy State Bank, and First United Bank, along with an anonymous donation that will bring the total investment into the community to $45,000.

“We are so grateful for everyone who has stepped up to support this effort and know that it’s going to have a positive impact on locally-owned businesses,” Amarillo Matters Treasurer, Andrew Hall, said.

Due to the additional support, Amarillo Matters will draw the name of two businesses every Monday, both of which will get $1,000 from the organization. Customers who shop at those two locations throughout the week will be eligible for an additional $500.

“We’re not done either,” Hall explained. “We continue to raise funds and will keep this going as long as we can.”

Anyone wanting to support this effort can make a gift at Supporters can enter “shop local” in the memo field, and their contributions will be restricted to this campaign.

To be eligible for prize money, businesses must be locally-owned, have less than 50 employees, and be a member of one of the local chambers of commerce. Businesses can still sign up to participate at

Each Monday, a participating business will be selected at random and awarded $1,000. The following Friday, one of the businesses' customers from the week will be selected at random to receive $500.

Businesses must complete the online form to be eligible.
Congrats to these May 18th Winners
Shop with them this week for a chance to win $500
3501 SW 45th Ave, Ste A, Amarillo, TX 79109
(806) 803-0156
Open Thursday - Saturday 10a-6p
3363 Bell St Unit B, Amarillo, TX 79106
(806) 351-1767
Open Monday - Friday 4p-6p & Saturday 2p-6p
Some Spots Still Remain for a FREE Online Webinar
with Management Expert Glenn Shepard

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 11:00am - 11:45am
The Amarillo Chamber has hosted management expert, Glenn Shepard, for in-person leadership seminars with our members several times in the past. We are thrilled to offer a FREE virtual seminar with Glenn on Thursday, May 21st at 11am. This will be a SHRM Accredited 45-Minute Webinar with Management Expert Glenn Shepard titled, "How to Manage Problem Employees & Handle Difficult People."

Click here to register and find out why this seminar is a must for all managers, now more than ever, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though there is no charge for chamber members to attend, we do have a limit on the number of lines available, so please register early.

We look forward to joining you online for this great opportunity on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 11:00 - 11:45 CST.
The Chamber has compiled a list of links to helpful resources on our Chamber website. From our homepage , simply click the Learn More button under the COVID-19 Resources section or go directly to the page at .

Not only is this site updated daily with the City of Amarillo's daily report card, but we are regularly adding new links from local, state and national sources.
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 if you are not already on the list and would like to be included for free.
Chamber & Convention & Visitor Council Staff
 Executive VP Governmental Affairs
VP of Membership & Business Development
Senior Director of Communications
Membership Director

Database Administrator
Business Development Coordinator
Director of First Impressions
CVC Deputy Director
CVC Executive Assistant
CVC Director of Convention Services
CVC Director of Brand Management
CVC Tourism Coordinator
CVC Sales Manager

See our Staff Directory with photos, direct phone numbers and more on our Contact Us page of the website.
2019-20 Chamber Board of Directors

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

Wes Wright - Business Chair
Wright Law TX, PLLC
Bob Murray - Governmental Affairs Chair

Leon Church - Agriculture Chair
Potter County Commission

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

Angela Knapp Eggers - CVC Chair
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health

Ginger Nelson - Mayor
City of Amarillo

Tyler Andrews, Andrews & Associates /
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

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