Fort Worth Chamber distributes COVID-19 tests to small businesses

Published on March 11, 2021

The Fort Worth Chamber launched an ongoing effort to distribute COVID-19 rapid tests to small-business owners with fewer than 500 employees.

The program, established by Gov. Greg Abbott, provides local chambers of commerce with COVID-19 testing supplies to distribute to local small businesses free of charge. Small businesses can then administer these tests to employees who choose to participate.

“Since day one of this pandemic, we’ve been working to make sure our businesses can operate safely,” said Brandom Gengelbach, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “As we begin to open back up to 100%, these tests will help businesses contain and slow the spread and help local officials keep track of COVID-19 cases in our area.”

Small-business owners or representatives are required to be trained on testing protocol, reporting results and proper disposal of hazardous materials. Enrollment to receive the testing kits is ongoing, and businesses owners must complete a business questionnaire and certification process.

“At Schaefer Advertising, we’ve fortunately seen an escalation in our business since the first of the year. As a result of the increased activity, we are in-person more and it will be extremely beneficial to utilize these tests to help keep our employees and clients safe as we come together more often,” said Ken Schaefer, president and owner of Schaefer Advertising in Fort Worth.

To learn more, contact the Fort Worth Chamber by email at 817-336-2491.


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