Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce supports reopening Bemidji

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will host a call with Gov. Tim Walz this week, and as a MCC partner, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce will be a part of that call.

The BACC in a release said they are actively working with local, state and federal partners to find a solution for businesses to reopen their doors.

“Businesses throughout the state are preparing to fully return to work and taking steps to do so responsibly – we urge our local businesses to do the same,” said BACC Chair Ashley Johnson.

“The Minnesota Chamber plans to urge the governor to continue to recognize that businesses can and have designed plans for safe work environments and we will encourage him to allow more businesses to return to work as soon as possible.”

The BACC is working on creating materials to help businesses create a plan to comply with COVID-19 reopening efforts.

“The Board of Directors know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Executive Director Abby Randall.

“Our advocacy efforts continue to be our top priority. If business owners have questions or requests, we encourage them to get in touch with us. We want our weekly Roundtable discussions to help business owners to get actionable insight and information to navigate important government programs and to keep their businesses running during this unprecedented time. We also want it to be a time for peer-to-peer support.”

Community members are asked to continue to support locally owned businesses, by ordering takeout or delivery from area restaurants or by purchasing gift certificates, or donations, through the Gifts of Hope Fund.

“We would like to thank the Steve and Jill Hill family for helping kickstart the Gifts of Hope Fund, as well as the many other sponsors and volunteers that have made this initiative possible,” said BACC Chair Ashley Johnson.

More information on what the Chamber is doing is available on their website.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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