Chamber Of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has awarded $140,000 to 60 local businesses in need of relief following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber’s Small Business Relief Fund was put together with the help of the Community Foundation of West Alabama.

“Providing immediate help to small businesses in this challenging time was top of mind for everyone involved in this process,” said Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Bobby Bragg in a statement. “We’re so pleased so many businesses have taken advantage of this fund.”

Chamber President and CEO Jim Page said the fund wouldn’t be possible without the donors who made it happen.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with such great corporate citizens, as well as generous individuals,” Page said. “Our donors for this fund stepped up right away and asked how they could pitch in and be of service.”

One of the fund’s recipients is Monarch Espresso Bar in downtown Tuscaloosa. Business owner Audrey Vermilyea said the fund is helping businesses stay afloat amid the current climate.

“For many small businesses, these uncertain times are trying,” Vermilyea said. “Funds like these help us weather the storm and are an encouragement to us and our team. It’s a tangible reminder that the community is behind us.”

To donate to the Small Business Relief Fund or apply, visit https://tuscaloosachamber.com/small-business-financial-assistance/.

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