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US Chamber Launches Save Small Business Initiative

US Chamber Launches Save Small Business Initiative

**NOTE To qualify for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
 
  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community (We entered the all St. Charles County zip codes on their website - only businesses in 63301 (St. Charles), 63373 (Portage Des Sioux) & 63386 (West Alton) will qualify to apply.)
  • Have been harmed financially by the  COVID-19 pandemic
 
 
It is hard enough to be a small business owner – only about half of all small businesses with employees make it to their five-year anniversary.
 
Add in the coronavirus and measures we have adopted to halt its spread, and you are looking at an existential threat that could wipe out millions of small businesses.
 
A recent poll conducted by the Chamber and MetLife found that more than half of small businesses (54%) have closed at least temporarily or will close in the next two weeks. One in four (24%) are two months or less away from permanently closing. To put that into perspective, 24% of employer firms with fewer than 500 employees is 1.4 million small businesses.
 
All of which makes the Save Small Business Initiative announced today by the U.S. Chamber even more critical. The initiative features a four-part campaign including financial aid, resources and guidance, advocacy, polling, and a call to action for the larger business community and government to help small businesses. 
 
As part of the initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Grant Fund to provide $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers.
 
This is not just about what the Chamber can do, but what all of us can do together.
 
It is also about what we can do over time. Implementing the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the new Main Street Loan Facility will help stabilize many small businesses today, but then we must help them reopen, recover, and grow. The Chamber is committed for the long-term.
 
As our President Suzanne Clark said, “We cannot and will not allow our country’s critical small business sector to collapse.”
 
–Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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