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East Valley Chambers of Commerce ask for financial help for Arizona's struggling local businesses

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 21:54:51-04

East Valley Chambers of Commerce ask for financial help and more to help some of Arizona's struggling local businesses.

In a letter, the collection of chambers asked the Governor's Office and State Legislators for financial relief for small businesses and other businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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"They want to make sure their employees are taken care of however most small businesses don't have a month or two worth of payroll in the bank," said Kathy Tilque, President and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

In a business impact report released on March 23, 2020, East Valley Chambers of Commerce showed that more than 40 percent of business owners reported significant loss due to the pandemic.

According to one business, traditional revenue for the week of March 16 is $43,000. This year the revenue for that week was $89.

"Appointment type business has seen cancellations, no shows, even if they cancel they're not making new appointments for the future," said Tilque. "It's very scary."

The report also shows food bank donations are down 60 percent.

In the letter, East Valley Chambers of Commerce ask for financial relief and access to credit lines for businesses as well as access to medical and sanitation supplies for hospitals.