U.S. Chamber's BCLC Unveils Report Featuring Business Resources for Unemployed Americans

December 17, 2009

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) hosted a national conference call today to discuss the BCLC Corporate Community Investment Program's new report, Together For Recovery: Business is Part of the Solution. The report is a compilation of business resources made available to help individuals, nonprofits, local governments, and small businesses weather economic hardship. BCLC estimates that these resources, available at no cost, represent millions of dollars in corporate community assistance.

"Many Americans are not aware of all the business offerings available – from housing and health care assistance to job training and small business start-up assistance," said BCLC's Director of Business and Society Relations Katie Loovis. "Our goal is to connect these timely business offerings to those most in need, and this report is one of many tools made available for that purpose."

The report is a compilation of stories about various business offerings, including Microsoft's Elevate America initiative, Monster.com's Keep America Working Tour, and IBM and the International Finance Corporation's Small and Medium Enterprise Toolkit. Many of the stories include testimonies from unemployed and other individuals who have been impacted by the recession and helped by these offerings.

The conference call featured briefings from Loovis, as well as officials from the business, government, and civic sectors who discussed the current state of economic recovery. Bill Shore, Director of U.S. Community Partnerships at GlaxoSmithKline announced the new Together For Recovery report, while Eric Phillips, Executive Director of the Union County Economic Development Partnership and CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce and Edward Pound, Director of Communications, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board both offered updates on the current state and future trends of economic recovery from a local and national perspective.

"BCLC is partnering with companies, community organizations, and government agencies to get helpful information into the hands of the American people," continued Loovis. "There are many needs out there, but when everyone comes together and brings resources to the table, it shows that we are all in this together."

The report is part of a larger economic recovery campaign called Together For Recovery (TFR). Launched in May, 2009, TFR has grown to feature more than 300 business offerings ranging from free job training and health care assistance to community improvement and small business aid. For a complete listing of business offerings, visit Together For Recovery.

BCLC is a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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