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We are showing support for our city and all of those essential workers serving on the front lines by going All In Amarillo .
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Today's update includes information from Amarillo Matters who will be investing $25,000 in the local community to help promote shopping local, SBA loans that are now available to the agriculture industry, and more resources from the Texas Association of Business. Be sure to check out the Convention & Visitor Council's information below on National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9) and the virtual Yellow City Certified tour to see some of the great attractions Amarillo has to offer for your next stay-cation.

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
806.373.7800
806.342.2001 direct
Amarillo Matters Announces $25,000 Investment
in Local Community

Amarillo Matters announced Monday that they will invest $25,000 in the Amarillo economy to help support local businesses and encourage people to shop local.

“We know the pandemic has taken a toll on our economy and hit local businesses hard,” Amarillo Matters President, Jason Herrick, said. “We wanted to do something to help while reminding people about the importance of shopping local.”

Starting Monday (May 11) Amarillo Matters will draw the name of an eligible business and give them $1,000. The announcement will be made via Facebook Live. Customers who shop in the store that week will be eligible to win an additional $500, which will be given away the following Friday (May 15). To be eligible, businesses must be locally owned, a member of either the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, or the Amarillo Area Black Chamber of Commerce and have less than 50 employees. Any business interested in taking part in the effort is asked to register at amarillomatters.com/shoplocal.

“You’ve got to remember that a lot of these folks have been closed down for the past month or longer,” Amarillo Matters Board Member, Trevor Caviness, said. “They’re hurting, and it’s up to our community to step up our support and keep as many of our dollars flowing through the local economy as possible.”

It’s estimated that 48 percent of each purchase at a local business is recirculated locally.

Although the initial commitment is $25,000, Amarillo Matters is actively fundraising to match that amount.

“We will continue to do this as long as we can,” Herrick added. “This is our home, these are our friends and neighbors, and we want to do everything to not only help them recover but to thrive as we move through the summer months.”
SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Release Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
Release Number: 20-38
Contact:  Press_Office@sba.gov, (202) 205-7036


WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Click here to read the complete press release.

Click here to apply online.
Click here to read the latest COVID-19 email update from the Texas Association of Business sent out on Friday, May 1st.

The email contains information on:

  • Upcoming TXBIZ Talks with Congressman Kevin Brady & Senator Todd Young
  • Phase I of Re-Opening Texas Businesses
  • The Coronavirus Impact on the Texas Economy
  • Senator Ted Cruz's call to Congress to Extend Coronavirus Funds to Chambers of Commerce
  • April Sales Tax Revenue
  • and more
Honor America's Travel Industry May 3 – 9, 2020!
National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.

This year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency is having an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and the entire economy. Now more than ever, the travel and tourism community must come together, support each other and remind our country that even through the most difficult times, the Spirit of Travel cannot be broken.

We’re dreaming about what we want to do (when it’s safe to do so) - and we bet you are too! Tell us where you’re going #whenthisisover on your social channels! Don’t forget to use these hashtags - #NTTW20 #lifesbetter #SpiritOfTravel #dreamtexas #travelstrong #travelmatters

Be sure to check out the 30-second video the Texas Travel Alliance released called "Life's Better in a State of Travel".
Amarillo CVC Offers Yellow City Certified Tour from Home
Starting in 2016, the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council has held a free bi-annual tour for Amarillo residents. This tour gives attendees the opportunity to spend a day with some of our staff visiting up to ten attractions (many for the first time!) and learning about who they are and what they do.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to hold our planned spring tour in person. SO... the tour is coming to you! Click the link below to be taken to a slideshow highlighting just a few of the fun and exciting things to do in Amarillo.

Don't forget to take a short quiz at the end so you can officially be Yellow City Certified! Please share this "tour" with anyone in your business who could benefit. If you have any questions, click here to let us know.
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 https://www.amarillo-chamber.org/covid-19-info--resources.html .

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 Braley@visitamarillo.com if you are not already on the list and would like to be included for free.
Chamber & Convention & Visitor Council Staff
President/CEO
 
 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
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 - CVC 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

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