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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce turns digital to connect with local businesses

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Posted at 10:26 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 00:26:38-04

KALISPELL — The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce are using digital Zoom meetings to stay connected and help answer questions as uncertainty weighs heavy on the minds of business owners in the Flathead Valley.

Chamber President Joe Unterreiner said on average more than 200 businesses join the weekly COVID webinars every Tuesday, disusing a variety of topics, making sure businesses are getting the help they need.

“We launched our weekly COVID webinar series just because the demand for information has just been so strong from small businesses,” he explained.

Unterreiner said the Chamber brings special guests to talk about coronavirus impact and all meetings are archived and available to view online at a later time.

The Chamber is also working on a survey to find out what local business need in order to open back up safely once coronavirus conditions allow.

Unterreiner, who expects more than 500 local businesses to participate in the survey, says the results will be shared with policy makers on the city, county, state and federal level.

“So for example, how do they feel about phasing? And what kind of other issues might apply to them regarding screenings or need for personal protective equipment.”

Unterreiner said the survey will be available online for business owners on the chamber’s website in the near future.

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found online on the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's website.

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