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Chamber dealing with changes

Ferry organization in need of help

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON THE MARTINS Ferry Chamber of Commerce is feeling the financial pinch from the coronavirus and is seeking donations to help it remain open in the future.

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce closed its doors this week because of state mandates related to the coronavirus pandemic, but the office is going through some other changes as well.

Because of the coronavirus and its impact on businesses, the chamber is feeling the pinch financially.

“In order for the chamber to survive and keep our doors open as a service to our local businesses and residents, we are in need of your help,” a letter signed by both Secretary Marian Klier and Executive Director Dorothy Powell states. “We understand that these are tough times for everyone, but we feel the chamber offers services and, especially events, that would be sorely missed if we have to close the doors permanently.”

The letter goes on to state that donations are being accepted by the chamber to help keep it open.

“Remember what the chamber does and what will be lost if there isn’t a chamber: UPS shipping and dropoff; Better Business Bureau member; sponsor of Academic Awards Banquet; Skyshow; defensive driving course; industrial park sign; Workers’ Compensation program with CompManagement; assistance with 2020 Census; discounts available through our membership with Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance; and we work closely with many local chambers, groups such as Project Forward, Hall of Honor, library and the local schools, organizations and churches,” their letter notes.

To help in the short term, the chamber plans to do its annual lottery ticket fundraiser in May. For more information about donating, call Powell at 740-635-0444.

Also, the chamber’s longtime secretary, Klier, is leaving her position by the end of May. The chamber is looking for someone to fill the post.

The secretary works 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; pay is minimum wage. A description of the job notes the candidate must be proficient on a computer, must answer the phone and greet customers “in a pleasant manner.”

The secretary also balances the chamber’s cash drawer each day. Resumes can be mailed to chamber office, 108 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

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