Chamber of commerce stepping up to help businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

SALISBURY, Md. – As business owners across the eastern shore try to keep their heads above water during the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for these mom and pop shops are doing what they can to help ease the financial burdens they’re facing.

“It was just sudden, and that’s probably the way for most people, so we’re just trying to do the best we can. We have probably lost in revenue about $125,000 already,” said Market Street Inn owner, Robert Mulford.

In an online interview with Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce president Bill Chambers, he says his main focus right now is to secure funding for the shore from the federal government’s funding package as well as securing additional relief from the state.

“Some of the things we’re about to consider sending to the Governor’s office is state payroll income tax relief period. Maybe it’s not for the rest of 2020. Maybe it’s for the next 3 months,” said Chambers.

Chambers tells 47 ABC he’s also planning on ways to help businesses in the future recover from the financial hits they’re currently taking.

“Most of our businesses are operating on 5%-15% of their normal sales right now. What we need to be working on and what we are currently working on ideas and incentives that when this crisis is on the downside, that we can assist businesses and organizations real stimulus money,” said Chambers.

And while the future remains uncertain, officials say the community will be able to get through this together.

“It’s not a competition now, this is pure survival for everybody,” said Mulford.

“This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and I think we can all get through this and probably be better for it,” said Chambers.

The Chamber of Commerce also created a Facebook page called Delmarva Eats which is a page where restaurants and hospitality services can inform customers on how they can access their business while also encouraging those to shop local.


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