Chamber joins recovery alliance

By on Sunday, May 10th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce is joining America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise. The coalition’s members span 30 business sectors and employ 45 percent of the nation’s workforce, more than 58 million people.

“We are committed to the fight for our business community; having to make the decision to take on more debt with no clear vision for the end of this is a ridiculous ask for our business owners,” Executive Director Cheri Rosenberg stated in a prepared release. “We need to have a long-term vision for our small businesses that make up the heartbeat of rural America, more importantly Eastern Oregon.”

The coalition is urging President Trump and other leaders to create a grant-based federal assistance program to power American businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Existing programs like the Paycheck Protection Program were a well-intentioned effort to help defray the impact of the COVE-19 (sic) economic crisis, but we must build upon the current options and address the overwhelming need for additional capital support to businesses,” a letter sent to the president and others states.

The group is urging congress to create a federal direct assistance fund to provide rapid help to businesses so they can maintain their ongoing obligations as well as in the months of healing to follow. More information about the coalition is at https://americasrecoveryfund.org/