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TEXARKANA — Local businesses throughout the city are running with a series of limitations and challenges they normally don't contend with because of concerns surrounding COVID-19.

So, as the work to make it through this period, the Chamber of Commerce is seeking to help.

"We are working even harder to connect local businesses with the customer, the community, not just our members during this time," said Natalie Haywood, chamber director of events and communications. "We've opened a portal on our page where we post all the COVID-19 information we have. We also have a page on the chamber website, texarkana.org, where all local businesses can upload operating hours and general information on what they offer."

In addition to their homepage, the chamber is inviting all businesses to produce their own promotional videos, up to 30 seconds each. Each business should text the link to 903-748-0183, or email to [email protected]

"We want to know what you have going on," she said. "And we want to let others know. You can see on our Facebook page where you still can go out to eat for lunch, also for dinner."

The chamber has also been encouraging board members to submit letters of encouragement to members.

"Also, (Tuesday) morning, we have started a contest on our Facebook page, thanking the public for getting us up to 5,000 followers," she said. "Because of that, we will be giving out four $50 gift certificates to the following local businesses, one for each restaurant: MeoMyo's, Texas Roadhouse, Joe's Pizza & Pasta and Schlotzky's.

Even in this challenging time, Haywood says the chamber's mission remains connecting commerce with the community.

"We need to help keep each other afloat," she said.

The chamber still has events scheduled for April, and for now, they plan on going forward with them as announced.

"However, some of them may be virtual events, rather than ones you actually are physically attending," she said. "Stand by for announcements.

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