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Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Bill Marcum CEO


Chamber reaches out during COVID

May 2020

Volume 12 • Issue 5 Business Connection is published monthly by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 105 N. Minor Road • Kelso, WA 98626


Bill Marcum, CEO Amy Hallock, Project Manager Pam Fierst, Office Manager Joelle Wilson, Social Media Service


360-423-8400 kelsolongviewchamber.org


t’s May 2020 and we are still trying to figure out how and when business can restart, not only in Cowlitz County but in the entire world.

I have talked to many business leaders and it sounds like those who were able to qualify and get government Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are holding their own right now. Those who are still trying to qualify and get their applications into the already bulging system are understandably struggling ■ AT YOUR FINGERTIPS mightily. Keeping You Informed During the past month, maybe longer, the Chamber has been We've posted the latest information as links and pdfs to trying to keep our business help you fight through the pandemic here. members informed about Or visit our website, www.kelsolongviewchamber.org funding through grants and and click on the COVID-19 Resources box. loans at the state, county and federal levels, as well as other areas like the U.S. Chamber. The options vary and change almost daily. Add to that the emails for employment and unemployment, how to file and how to file for stimulus funds and so much more and it’s overwhelming. All in all, I am getting more than 300 emails a day. About 10 emails per day are the same email sent to me by at least 20 different organizations, wanting to make sure the information gets passed on to our local businesses.

To advertise, call Bill Marcum 360-423-8400 or bmarcum@kelsolongviewchamber.org Ad Deadline 20th of Each Month

Before the pandemic, I did not know what Zoom was, crazy, huh? Now, I have a Zoom account for the Chamber and hosted the Chamber’s Executive Board and board meetings this past month via the app. I have a Zoom meeting nearly every day and several on Thursday and Friday. There are Zoom meetings for Council of Governments, Cowlitz County Commissioners, Washington Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Employment Securities, Association of Washington Business, Rotary and For more Virus, see page 3

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