Chamber program assisted 32 businesses hard hit by pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March 2020,
chamber officials sprang into action, seeking to help local businesses and organizations that were hard hit by the economic shutdown across the state and region.

The agency, which has
provided business advocacy, community promotion, and encouraged economic growth in Rome since its inception in 1912, developed the Business Assistance Fund.

Through this effort, several local businesses contributed funds and the chamber developed an application process for businesses, agencies and organizations to apply for grants to help them through these difficult times.

Together, the BAF program sponsors raised $38,000 that helped 32 businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, chamber President William K. Guglielmo said in a recent press release.

Recipients ranged the gamut from small local businesses to cultural and human service organizations. The result, officials said, was neighbors coming…

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