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Economic Recovery Task Force researching how to best help businesses reopen

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Small Biz Task Force 1 05-06-2020

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many small businesses hard and Eau Claire' s newly formed Economic Recovery Task Force is working on ways to help.

As News 18 reported in April, the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and government officials were looking for community members to join the task force and some answered the call.

They now have two co-chairs and several leaders for sub-committees. Within the last few weeks, the task force created two foundational documents.

One is about their guiding principles and the other is an organizational chart.

Officials say these documents will guide them on how to answer several questions from small businesses including how can we obtain financial assistance, how do we safely reopen, and how can we promote ourselves when we do reopen?

"We're looking for these sub-groups to help answer those questions. 'how do restaurants open? How do the bars open? How does retail?' Each one's going to have different needs and responsibilities, and rules," said David Minor, president & CEO of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.

Task force members want to remind folks that they are trying to answer "how" to reopen, now "when."

Click/tap here to learn more about the task force and their ongoing efforts.

The Badger Institute says this shutdown has cost the state $178.9 million in lost production every day. The new report projects Eau Claire county faces a daily loss of more than $4.4 million.

They found Chippewa County would have a daily loss of more than $2.2 million. Dunn county, more than $1 million.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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