The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, with help from the Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County and under the guidance of industry experts, is creating a 90-day Rapid Response Team to consult with businesses and direct them to experts who will assist them with questions and concerns they have due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“During this historic crisis, we are here to facilitate opportunities for businesses in the South Sound,” said Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

The consultations will occur via telephone and through an online question form, and experts will be able to help businesses work through the necessary steps to obtain available relief and resources based on their individual needs.

During their ongoing COVID-19 Business Information Call Series, the Chamber and EDB have received thousands of questions. The thrice-weekly calls were created to get the most accurate and up-to-date information out to the business community. The calls have included federal, state, and local officials, leaders, and expert sources and have had an average of 600 attendees per call.

The major areas of concern that businesses have expressed include capital and loan needs; unemployment and HR questions; legal assistance; and communications, marketing, and technology needs.

Businesses can go to to get any COVID-19 questions and concerns addressed.

Instructions to join the next COVID-19 Business Information Call Series broadcast can be found at To listen to past episodes, visit


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