On May 2, the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the forming of a new committee called the “Save Our Town” Committee, in their email newsletter.

According to the newsletter, “Local leaders and representatives of the Quincy Valley have established a “Save our Town” Committee to aid our businesses as we move toward re-opening. This committee is meeting regularly. The committee will be working to help the different business and industries in our valley understand the Governor’s phased approach announced yesterday.”

The committee is made up of ten members of the community: State Legislator Alex Ybarra, City Councilman Tom Harris, Windermere Realty Owner Deb Adams, Microsoft Tech Spark representative Lisa Karstetter, Trinidy Garden Lavender Farm Julie Putnam, Cambridge Assisted Living Center Director Linzi Michel, Executive Director of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce Cari Mathews, Rotary Club representative Gigi Lowry, retired businessman Pete Romano, farmer Paul Slager and Quincy Valley Historical Society Director of Operations Harriet Weber.

The committee plans on starting with a needs survey for small businesses, looking into a monetary grant or loan program from federal funding, and creating a comprehensive marketing plan to help businesses with their transition into reopening.

The hope behind this support is that it will encourage people to shop local.

“The heart of our country has always been small businesses,” said committee member Harriet Weber.

Small businesses who have not already been contacted are asked to contact Cari Mathews at the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce.

COVID-19 resources for business owners and employees, as well as health resources can be found on the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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