By State Senator Martha Fuller Clark and State Senator Tom Sherman
This article was originally posted in the Seacoast Online on April 15th, 2020. Link to Article
To the Editor:
We would like to thank the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Portsmouth Chamber Collaborative for their support and assistance to our local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff of both of these organizations are committed to aiding all Seacoast businesses and our community as a whole, whether or not they are Chamber members, making appropriate referrals for the many businesses and their employees that are facing unprecedented challenges during this crisis.
In particular, they are working very hard to facilitate enhanced communication through their websites and social media. These portals provide much needed information on where to go for help and important details on financial packages offered by the Small Business Administration. Whether your business is dog grooming in Hampton or auto repair in Portsmouth, they have not hesitated to reach out to us on behalf of both their members and nonmembers to ensure that the needs of our business community are fully addressed.
They have also served as strong policy advocates at both the state and federal level. At the state level, for example, they were successful in advocating, along with other Chambers around the State, to delay the business tax due date to June 15. They continue to advocate for the Department of Revenue Administration to come up with payment options to assist our local businesses that file Rooms & Meals taxes. At the federal level, they are asking our NH delegation to address the insurance companies’ practice of denying small business claims due to the word “virus”. They are advocating for another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Plan forgivable loans with an adjustment to begin the eight-week payroll period when employees actually come back to work.
While all of us in the legislature are focused on addressing the many concerns of our towns and communities during this crisis, we would like to give special recognition to the critical role that our Chambers are playing on behalf of all of our businesses. You can contact them through their websites or by phone or email as listed below.
We know that they are here to assist any and all small Seacoast businesses negatively impacted by coronavirus crisis, and for that we are deeply grateful.
Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Portsmouth, NH State Senate District 21, email@example.com
Senator Tom Sherman, Rye, NH State Senate District 24, firstname.lastname@example.org