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Business as (Un)usual: Greater Fort Myers Chamber launches resource website for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website at Resource.FortMyers.org, offering resources that will support the local business community in its response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Offering unprecedented business resources for unprecedented times, the Chamber’s “Business as (Un)usual” website serves as a hub for information and latest updates spanning the business, community, education, health, hospitality and service industries.

“The Chamber is receiving a significant amount of information to be shared with the community. Initially we added two pages to our website. However, we quickly learned that we needed a more efficient and effective way to organize the resources for all the audiences we serve. With the vision for a more robust portal, we collaborated with Boost Creative, a longtime partner who maintains the Chamber website,” said Colleen DePasquale, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is including information from all businesses, not just Chamber members. We feel it is important to unite in challenging times and we hope we can help businesses throughout the community.”

Visitors can find information on loans and tools for employers to prepare and respond to the coronavirus; access support services including employment resources, job listings and food assistance; discover local educational programming; stay in-the-know on COVID-19 health updates from the CDC and other health authorities; view a running list of restaurants and breweries offering to-go services; and see what companies are currently open for business.

“During this time of uncertainty, people can begin to feel hopeless. This micro-site serves as a beacon to assist local businesses get their word out and also gain access to valuable resources. When Linda and Colleen asked for our help, we felt obligated to jump right in. We appreciate this opportunity to give back and hope it inspires other local businesses to step up and support our community as well,” said Matt Connar, owner and creative director of Boost Creative.

New information is being added daily, and local businesses can submit their information for inclusion through a submission form on the website or by emailing linda@fortmyers.org.

“We are also collaborating with our longtime partner Priority Marketing to help us communicate beyond Chamber membership, as this site has useful resources to help all businesses, individuals and families,” DePasquale added.

For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 239-332-2930.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

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