Chamber Services, PPP, & Love

As we moved past the holiday season and new year, we continue to find ourselves in uncharted territory.  Luckily, we are all in this boat together, especially your Marathon Chamber!  As your chamber, we always take a practical, yet positive approach to business and our situation.  With that said we are pleased to see the continuation of strong numbers from our lodging properties, as well as other supporting industries (retail, service, attractions, etc.). Traffic has been busy, and the usual slow-down we see post new years hasn’t really occurred; and while some may be frustrated by this (heavier than usual traffic), it is great for our businesses and their hard-working staff members.

We continue to look for opportunities to help support, promote, and educate our members.  Here are a few ways we are currently doing just that:

  • Support: we are working with our FL Restaurant & Lodging Association, supporting/advocating for state bills that will help to protect businesses from potential COVID-19 litigation (lawsuits). As well as our continued communication with our locally elected officials (city and county). Additionally, we have been helping any member that asks for assistance on their PPP loan and/or forgiveness applications, and are always available to assist.
  • Promote: our Visitor Center is continuing to promote you, our valued members to the visitors walking-in, calling-in, visiting our websites, and emailing us seven days/week. The volume of all of the above has steadily been increasing which is wonderful to see. This also includes other requests for professional services such as accounting, legal, construction, business-assistance, as well as not-for-profit information.
  • Educate: we are excited for our upcoming PPP Webinar on Feb. 2nd at 1PM, which will help members learn more about the new PPP program currently active, as well as forgiveness for previous PPP loans, and lastly information about other SBA programs available to businesses. To register go to: go.FIU.edu/PPPloan

Have a great February everyone, remember to get that someone special a great Valentine’s Day gift at one of our many great local (chamber-member) retail shops.  Also please remember to send in your membership renewal dues that were mailed out in December, online payment is now available for your convenience.  We greatly appreciate your membership with us and look forward to continuing to serve, support, promote, and advocate for your business.  Please never hesitate to contact me to help you in any way. Hears to a safe and profitable February!

Most Respectfully,

CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFest.com