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Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 16:05:27-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Small business owners have a new resource as they deal with coronavirus-related questions.

It's an online service announced Monday by the Indy Chamber. "Almost immediately after precautionary restrictions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 went into effect, our small business members began asking for clarity on how to navigate this uncertain landscape," said Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber. "While we don't know the full economic impact of this situation, we understand that small businesses will be disproportionately affected. Our Indy Chamber team and our network of partner organizations are committed to providing impacted owners with information, support and connections to potential resources."

The IndyChamber "Rapid Response Hub" has answers to the questions business owners and entrepreneurs are grappling with. Topics include finance, business operations, and employee support. There's a question intake form to route small businesses to the information, resource, or service provider they need.

"Nearly 85% of Indy Chamber members are small businesses", according to the the organization's board chair, Dennis Murphy, President and CEO of IU Health. "As we prioritize the health of our community, we must also prioritize the health of our local economy. Services provided by the Indy Chamber can help small business make the most informed decisions as they navigate the changing economic terrain."

The hub will be updated daily. The chamber is getting help with this project from a nunber of civic organizations and the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

Small business owners owners can access the site at: https://www.response.indychamber.com/