MISSOULA — The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce aims to advocate for local businesses and now, more than ever, their work is vital as our local economy takes a hit from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Chamber is currently acting as the main point of contact between local businesses and congressional leaders as they shape government’s coronavirus stimulus package.
Walking through downtown Missoula, you’ll find there’s virtually no foot traffic. Shops are closing, employees have been laid off, and no one really knows when things will get back to normal.
STANDUP / For local business owners, these are hard times for local businesses, but the Chamber wants the business community to know that they’ve got your back.
President and CEO Kim Latrielle said her team has been working tirelessly to support local businesses, "we believe in Missoula, we believe in the business community. We have the best, strongest work force that there is."
The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce began reaching out to individuals -- both members and non-members of the organization -- as soon as businesses began closing their doors last week.
A list of new hours and changes to their operations in light of the pandemic was compiled as part of the effort. Click here to view a list of changes.
Latrielle said she hopes their efforts will encourage the public to continue supporting local businesses in their time of need.
Additionally, the Chamber is now circulating a survey to be filled out by all local business owners.
“Please fill out that survey because two times a week we’re going send it directly to our decision makers in D.C. so they can hear from Missoula businesses about what will help them,” said Latrielle. "We’re going to do everything we can to help everybody make it and feel that they have the resources to make it."