BENTONVILLE, AR – As the region adjusts to tackle COVID-19, the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our business community during this unprecedented time. In uncertain times like these, the Chamber is working to minimize the impacts to health, communities and our economy.
Today, May 13th, the Chamber launches #ProtectBentonville — a health and safety initiative providing personal protection equipment (PPE) and other resources to local businesses as they begin the process of reopening.
Graham Cobb, CEO & President of the Chamber, says, “80% of our members are small businesses and we understand that small business must focus on their own roofs. Right now, that includes evolving services; understanding and adhering to new guidelines; and ideating how to deliver a safe and profitable service. We hope this small gesture in some way demonstrates our commitment to look out for the collective roof of our community and economy. Restaurants and other small businesses are accustomed to licensing based on sanitation practices. Customers should have confidence in their ability to serve safely.”
Initially, #ProtectBentonville will only be accessible to members of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Restaurants, food service & salons will be prioritized first before opening to general membership. Quantities are limited due to high demand — each member organization can receive 100 face masks at no charge. PPE pickup is set for Thursday, May 14th at 1PM.