Tuscaloosa, Chamber Raising Money for Businesses Affected by Shutdown

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By WVUA 23 New Reporter Aajene Robinson

The city of Tuscaloosa along with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has been raising money for their Restart Tuscaloosa Small Business Relief Fund.

Chamber President and CEO Jim Page said the fund has brought relief to hundreds of businesses.

“The city of Tuscaloosa partnered and invested $1 million into the program, and so to date we have through public and private funds helped over 300 businesses,“ Page said. “And invested a little over $1.25 million back into the community to try and help some of these struggling small businesses get through the worst of times during the pandemic.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is now asking the council to designate another $400,000 to the Restart Tuscaloosa Small Business Relief Fund to help bars and restaurants affected by his latest executive order.

On Monday, Maddox signed an executive order closing bars and ending bar service at restaurants for two weeks.

Page said the Chamber will move quickly to get funds to small businesses in need.

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