Montgomery leaders announce small business support hub

City leaders propose one-stop hub to help small businesses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - To continue supporting local small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery leaders have created a one-stop support hub.

On Wednesday, leaders announced the creation of the Recover Together Small Business Hub. The hub is a free clearinghouse service that will help identify and prioritize small business requests, connecting those businesses to the resources they need.

Small businesses in need of assistance can call 334-226-7529 or visit recovermgm.com to connect with a support member of the HUB. Those who complete and submit their online form will be contacted within 24 hours.

In addition to this, leaders say this hub will also initiate community outreach to engage small and minority-owned businesses across the city. A database will be created for all those companies needing assistance and the HUB will maintain communication with them as the recovery process continues and new opportunities arise.

Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean, task force co-chair, said a one-stop hub for small business is the kind of real relief local small businesses need.

“Our local small businesses are the heart of our community, and they need to find one-on-one assistance to guide them right now and moving forward,” said Dean.

“It’s important that we help businesses get back on their feet, so they can be positioned to provide the vital services and products needed for our economic recovery," Mayor Steven Reed added.

Organizations and companies interested in joining the Hub as a resource collaboration partner can contact the Chamber at 334-834-5200 or recovermgm.com.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the safer at home order which will all businesses to begin reopening Thursday. Under the new order, certain businesses will reopen but are subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines.

According to the latest numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health, 6,779 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 242 people have died in Alabama. More than 900 have been hospitalized across the state since March 13.

In Montgomery County, there were 308 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning and five people have died.

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