Graham Chamber receives COVID relief grant to help local businesses

SAFFORD — There’s extra money coming to help small businesses adapt to operating during the pandemic.

The Graham County Chamber of Commerce received a $45,000 grant from the Arizona Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund.

“What we’re going to do is, we’re going to be helping people with their online advertising and e-commerce and website presence; any kind of online presence,” said Chamber Executive Director Vance Bryce during a recent appearance on Voice of the Valley.

Bryce said the goal is to help retailers and restaurants make it easier for shoppers to use curbside pick-up, how to implement delivery and how to make best use of digital marketing.

“Using the internet, using some of these great options we have to sell inside of the county,” Bryce said.

In addition to receiving instruction, chamber members will be able to apply for funds to help implement upgrades.

The grant comes from a $50 million set-aside by the Legislature for the state’s COVID-19 response.

“Arizona businesses have innovated and adjusted for months to operate safely while prioritizing public health,” said Governor Ducey in announcing the grant. “Today’s grant funding will bring additional support to small businesses impacted by the pandemic, keep our economy moving forward, and help protect public health and safety. I’m grateful to all chambers of commerce and businesses across the state that support our workforce and protect Arizonans.”

Thirty-two chambers from across the state received funding, including the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which serves Graham and Greenlee counties.