The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has distributed $60,000 to 18 local businesses from its Small Business Release Fund, which was set up this month to assist restaurants, bars and other small businesses in the Tuscaloosa area struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“We are pleased to be able to assist our local small businesses during this challenging time,” said Bobby Bragg, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber. “Supporting our friends and neighbors in the West Alabama business community is critical.”

The lion's share of the Small Business Relief Fund is currently comprised of donations from area philanthropists and business leaders, including a $50,000 donation from Bryant Bank. The Chamber is promoting donations with a new "Donate Big, Support Small" campaign.

“We’re proud of our business community for stepping up and helping to fund the program,” said Jim Page, the Chamber's president and CEO. “The more we all pitch in, the more businesses we can help.”

“We’re not only trying to assist our small business owners – we’re working to secure a strong future for our local economy,” Page said. “Initiatives such as the SBRF will help keep West Alabamians working.”


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