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Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce offers Member Business Relief Fund

In order to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has created the MACC Member Business Relief Fund that will provide grants to qualifying chamber member businesses. These funds are being deployed from MACC’s Marietta Community Foundation Fund which was established in 2007 from the sale of the Biszantz-Bosworth House. This house was home to MACC 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.

“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. 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.” said Kristopher Justice, Chairman of the MACC Board of Directors.

These funds are being distributed to help 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 application will be available on the Chamber website at www.mariettachamber.com. To request a printed copy, please contact the Chamber office. To be eligible, applicants must be a MACC member in good standing, and must use the funds to offset financial burdens related to COVID-19. Distribution will begin in June, and interested businesses are encouraged to submit their applications no later than May 31st.

“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. I am proud to say we will continue to be our members life raft for many more years to come.” Carrie Ankrom, MACC President/CEO.

Through COVID-19, MACC is still working to support local business in anyway possible. If your business could benefit from this grant, please contact the Chamber office at 740-373-5176 or info@mariettachamber.com with any additional questions.

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