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Disaster Response and Resiliency

Now Accepting Nominations for the Citizens Awards

For 25 years, the Citizens Awards have recognized businesses for their leadership in solving the world’s biggest challenges. Awards are given in nine categories, honoring the most innovative and impactful corporate citizenship programs, from economic opportunity to education to disaster response. Apply by June 21, 2024.

We deliver education, training, tools and resources to help employers prepare for disasters and resume the important work of serving communities.

We activate purpose-built partnerships and technology platforms that ensure accurate, timely information from the ground and help speed decision-making in moments of crisis.

We break through the clutter to identify specific place-based needs and help the right kinds of relief get to the right places in the right order.

We connect leaders from the highest levels of business, government, and nonprofits to spread good ideas and solve problems together.

Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with American Express, launched a grant program to help small business owners recover from natural disasters. With support from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, the first round of funding totaling $500,000 will be used to provide $5,000 each to Maui-based small businesses impacted by the catastrophic wildfires of August 2023.

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Small businesses serve as the economic engine of this nation. Yet, they are often the most vulnerable when disasters strike. It's estimated that 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Developed in partnership with FedEx with support from Allstate, the Readiness for Resiliency Program (R4R) is a multi-year initiative to support small businesses impacted by disasters.

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