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CIDC and Chamber Launch Coronavirus Toolkit to Support Businesses & Employees

(Clovis, New Mexico) Tuesday, March 17, 2020—Understanding the adverse effects of COVID-19 on local businesses, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Economic Development (CIDC) are working in conjunction with federal, state and local officials to support the business community. As businesses are presented with difficult decisions during the coronavirus pandemic, the Chamber and CIDC, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at CCC, will be a source of information to ensure that local employers are equipped with the resources they need to protect themselves.

In effort to help connect employers and employees with resources during this time of great uncertainty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber and CIDC created a Coronavirus Toolkit. Hosted on the Clovis/Curry County Chamber’s website (www.clovisnm.org/coronavirus), the toolkit offers information about:

•    The New Mexico Economic Development Department’s (NMEDD) COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program, which assists businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to deal with negative economic impacts from COVID-19.
•    Federal economic injury disaster loans - The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced up to $2 million in economic injury disaster loans that may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.
•    Economic Injury Worksheet Form – Businesses are encouraged to provide an explanation of the adverse economic effects the disaster is having on their business. These completed forms will be received by the Governor’s office and will help the state clarify their request for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
•    Displaced worker benefits – Information about unemployment eligibility and details about how to file for unemployment.
•    A variety of resources provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.  
•    COVID-19 Hotline – The NM Department of Health will answer health-related questions about COVID-19 and direct residents and health care providers to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments.
•    Restaurants that offer take-out, curbside service and delivery – The Chamber is also creating a Facebook event for restaurants and businesses to promote their available social distancing options and updates.

With public restrictions continuing to grow in order to flatten the curve, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber and CIDC have cancelled all meetings and events for the next several weeks, but are working to stay connected virtually by moving some programs to an online format.

“We are committed to supporting and uniting the business community while taking the steps necessary to combat coronavirus,” said Ernie Kos, executive director for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal is to offer our educational business seminars and meetings online to keep our members connected. We will do our best to stay connected virtually even when ‘social distancing’ is contrary to our mission, our hearts and our souls.”

Anyone with questions about the Coronavirus Toolkit resources are encouraged to contact the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce (575-763-3435, staff@clovisnm.org) or the Small Business Development Center (575-769-4136, sbdc@clovis.edu).