XENIA — While many businesses have had to modify what they do or completely shut down, the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce has been busy trying to help its members.
Ohio issued a stay at home order earlier this week, allowing only essential businesses to remain open. Even though that list is still long, many locally owned businesses weren’t exempt. Small businesses, which are prevalent in the downtown Xenia area, have been hit especially hard
Chamber President/CEO Alan Liming has been reaching out, making sure members are informed of the coronavirus situation and how it may affect them.
“The chamber is trying to keep people updated on what’s happening though you know the situation is pretty fluid with many unanswered questions,” Liming said in an email. “I’m posting things to our website as I get them that tell folks a definitive answer as best as I can.”
The chamber website — www.xacc.com — has also become a go-to source for businesses owners.
”We have several press releases explaining the SBA loans that are now available, who’s open in Xenia, rules for the stay at home order, Bradstreet & Associates explaining the tax filing changes the IRS has instituted, and the OBWC update on premium payments that are now delayed,” Liming said.
Liming has also been a cheerleader for all the local businesses that are still open.
“I have been on WBZI (local radio station) urging people to shop locally and support our small businesses,” Liming said. “I have made and taken calls trying to help where I can. It’s obviously a dire business situation for some and I so wish I made a magic wand to make all this go away.”
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.