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Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce offers aid to struggling businesses

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has created a fund to help businesses during the pandemic.

The Member Business Relief Fund will provide grants to qualifying chamber member businesses.

“We know that these are incredibly challenging times for businesses in our community. The MACC Board of Directors is focused on helping local businesses reopening and returning to prosperity,” Kristopher Justice, chairman of the chamber Board of Directors. “The MACC Member Business Relief Fund is an important tool to help businesses that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We encourage all businesses in need of assistance to apply.”

The money will businesses get back on their feet by contributing to payroll costs, utilities, product losses, incurred expenses or rent and mortgage payments. Awards will be up to $2,500 and distributed across many businesses to have the greatest economic effect for our community.

The funds are from the chamber’s Marietta Community Foundation Fund that was established in 2007 from the sale of the Biszantz-Bosworth House. This house was home to the chamber for two decades. The initial deposit was $150,000 and the fund was established for economic development and business promotion activities in the Marietta area.

An application will be available on the chamber website at www.mariettachamber.com. Contact the chamber office to request a printed copy.

Eligible applicants must be a chamber member in good standing and must use the funds to offset financial burdens related to the pandemic. Distribution will begin in June.

Deadline to submit applications is May 31.

“The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be an essential life raft in the rough waters of COVID-19 for our MACC members. MACC was there to assist our members and the business community during other disasters such as the 2004/2005 flood and the economic recession of 2007,” Carrie Ankrom, chamber president and CEO. “I am proud to say we will continue to be our members life raft for many more years to come.”

For more information, contact the chamber at (740) 373-5176 or info@mariettachamber.com.

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