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 together to help each other during a time of need.
The donations by the BAF sponsors and supporters, who are all members of the Chamber, made the establishment of the fund possible, chamber officials said.
Corporate sponsors include:
AmeriCU Credit Union;
Community Bank, N.A.;
Copper City Brewing Co.;
D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP;
Express Employment Professionals;
First Source Federal Credit Union;
Kris Tech Wire Co.;
The MGS Group;
Revere Copper Products;
Strategic Financial Services;
Rome Area Chamber of Commerce; and
Rome Country Club.
Individuals sponsors include:
Ed Ratazzi; and