The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce has been in the middle of the region’s COVID storm for over 12 months.

There’ve been some critical efforts by chambers throughout BC and Canada — helping business stay afloat, pay their staff, lobby governments to eliminate costs to business, and more than a few times, offer a shoulder to have a good cry on.

Chamber of Commerce boss Tom Thomson stopped by Kootenay Co-op Radio’s current affairs program on March 31 to chat a bit about what the latest lockdown looks like for local business.

He told KCR currently as much as 73% of Nelson businesses are using some form of government subsidy.