TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce launched their COVID-19 Recovery Guide for local businesses as they begin to reopen following Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track reopening plan.
Marnie Mcknight, owns Style Encore, Once Upon A Child and Plato’s Closet in Terre Haute.
Due to the governor’s executive order, she closed all three businesses in early March and she began to worry about the future.
She said the chamber’s recovery guide helped with some of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
“I think there’s a lot of questions from business owners. Everyday there was more new information coming and so we needed resources to try and find the answers to make sure that we were following the rules and all the guidelines,” McKnight said.
The guide was created to connect businesses with resources such as personal protective equipment.
McKnight said this helped her reopen last Monday after the Governor’s amended executive order was announced.
“We wanted to open just as soon as we possibly could. So after the order came out last Friday, we quickly wanted to make sure that we could provide that safe environment. So our staff worked really hard over a couple of days to get everything ready to open on Monday,” she explained.
She said it was important for her to make sure she was reopening in line with state guidelines.
“I could follow exactly what we needed to do here and it was just one email that I could go to with every question I had and just click on all their links,” McKnight noted.
Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President, Kristin Craig, said their main priority was helping restore the local economy.
“Businesses are what drive this nation, especially small businesses. So the more information that we can get to them, the better we can help them recover, the quicker we can help them recover,” Craig said. “The better off we’re all going to be from an economic stand point.”
In addition to providing resources to businesses in Terre Haute and Vigo Co., the chamber is also coordinating resources for small businesses in Parke, Sullivan and Vermillion counties.