Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Thursday, March 19, 2020

A statement from the Tampa Bay Chamber and our Partners:

South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Chamber of Commerce, North Tampa Bay Chamber, Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and the Westshore Alliance:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a disruption in business for almost every organization in Tampa Bay and across the globe. The Chambers and Business Associations that make up the Greater Tampa Bay area are committed to working together and supporting all businesses during this uncertain time. These organizations have made a commitment to support the businesses in Tampa Bay by providing resources and the necessary information to those in need. We encourage our business community to access the organization's websites for links to important resources and information including health and government updates. “Our community was strong before this pandemic and I’m confident that as we all work together and find ways to be creative about our business then we will be even stronger after. For the businesses in need of support we are committed to getting you connected with the resources you need to succeed,” said Bob Rohrlack, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Chamber.

“Small and locally owned businesses are the heart of our community and many are already feeling the impact of less customer traffic. Now is the time to consider supporting these businesses as we navigate this unusual time together. Many restaurants and retailers are offering alternatives like online ordering, curb-side pickup, or contactless delivery in order to comply with the recommendation of social distancing. Professional service providers are also available via phone or video conference,” said Kelly Flannery, President & CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

We believe business can continue if we as a community can think outside of the box and work safely.  Working together, Tampa Bay will be stronger as we deal with the current situation.