Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Offering Support During These Unknown Times

Your Chamber is comprised of nearly 1,500 businesses in the SW Washington region that are all facing this pandemic in different ways. And with recent orders from Governor Jay Inslee to Stay Home & Stay Healthy, this unique time is more challenging than ever.

One thing that is a reassuring constant however, is connection .

This can be a business transaction, a client referral, a moment with your loved ones, and a share on social media. These connections are more important than ever to remind us that we aren't in this alone, and that we will get through this together.

As updates are announced near-hourly of COVID-19, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce team is working diligently to assure our community has pertinent information that will benefit the recently titled 'essential' industries, as well as those businesses and employers required to shut their doors. Although our office is closed, the Chamber team is still working to update our signature programming and workshops to fit social distancing efforts and remote-work applications.

You can learn more of how Your Chamber is keeping you up-to-date by visiting VancouverUSA.com/COVID-19, our Facebook Page, as well as VancouverUSA.com/Blog for Takeout & Delivery lists, Chamber announcements, and business resources.

Ultimately, we want to say thank you. Not only for supporting fellow businesses, but for joining in the efforts to keep Washington healthy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay Connected,
- Your Chamber
Information Resource Hub

Resources offered left and right for businesses and employees becomes overwhelming during an intense time like this. What resources are best? How do you know if you apply for certain benefits?

Your Chamber has collected a list of beneficial information for employers, employees, and businesses to navigate what your next steps will be in the weeks ahead. We've broken down some areas of interest for industries and employers below. To view the entire Proclamation for Washington State made by Governor Jay Inslee, follow this link.

Upcoming :

Business Resources Zoom Call | Wednesday, March 25 at 10 AM
Hosted by the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), featuring Columbia Bank, Columbia Credit Union, Heritage Bank, and TwinStar Credit Union to discuss financial considerations and support for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Follow this link to register at no cost.

Nonprofits: Adapting Fundraising Strategy Webinar | Thursday, March 26 at 2 PM
As a follow-up to their previous Nonprofit Action Plan, the Washington Nonprofit Institute will share a webinar on Adapting Fundraising Strategies during this unique time. Visit this website for more information.

Assistance for Washington Residents:

Assistance for Businesses:



Government Updates:

General Health Resources:

PLEASE READ: Nonprofit Funding & Stimulus Package

Your Chamber is looking for your support as soon as possible. We know this is an extremely busy time for all of us during this pandemic, but we ask you for swift action on advocacy, as it should only take a few minutes.

The current proposal working its way through Congress includes relief funding for 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.The current bill language includes “nonprofit organizations” as eligible for small business loans, but not specifically all 501(c) organizations, including 501(c)6 trade and professional associations. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) asks Congress to make a simple correction in the bill text to ensure that all 501(c) tax-exempt entities are eligible to receive small business loans during this unprecedented crisis. Because your Chamber is a 501(c)6 this means we are NOT included, as well as other smaller Chambers, for government relief as we work hard to support the business community during this crisis. This jeopardizes our Chamber team, our community support, and our ability to message the business community with important updates to eventually come out of this stronger and able to quickly help the community's struggling businesses.

Because action is happening quickly, we urge you to send messages to our representatives Rep. Herrera Butler, Sen. Cantwell, and Sen. Murray using this quick link that will take you to each of their message centers. If you have an additional moment, please use the chevron arrow next to the photo of each of our legislators to customize the already placed language to reflect your company's needs and why this is important. 

7 Ways to Support Local Businesses

During these challenging times, our community has driven movements to contribute to our local economy. By shopping locally, our small businesses (and even those at a medium- to large-scale) have seen a surge in support - all due to you. If you want to #SupportLocal but don't know where to start, here are a few tips!

1. Buy Gift Cards

2. Order Takeout or Delivery

3. Tip Like You Mean It!

4. Use Social Media to Show Your Support

5. Donate Useful Items or Food

6. Shop Online

7. Stay Safe

Remember: The more precautionary measures we use, the more opportunity we have for flattening the curve .