I recognize that we are all getting bombarded with information regarding coronavirus COVID-19, recommendations, action steps, etc. The following information relates to direct action steps the Chamber is taking to provide support / assistance to local businesses and to protect the health and wellbeing of our team members, investors and volunteers.
Support for Local Businesses:
1. The Chamber will continue to be a central location/resource for local businesses and residents to connect regarding access to resources (personal products, health products, retail merchandise, prepared foods, non-prepared foods, delivery services, etc.)
2. The Chamber will continue to provide a platform for local businesses to communicate their services and products that may be useful to the community
3. The Chamber will provide a platform for local businesses to secure services, guidance and products that will improve their ability to respond to economic consequences of COVID-19
4. The Chamber will be using social media channels, email, television, radio, and news media to remind citizens they should take action to help support their community and local businesses.
5. The Chamber staff will be making direct phone calls to hundreds of local businesses this week. The purpose of the calls will be to determine what needs they may have, what resources they can provide to the community and other businesses and to make sure they are aware of the resources available.
This is an “all hands-on deck” response from the Chamber team. We are temporarily suspending other projects and priorities to focus on how we can best use our resources to reduce the negative economic consequences of the pandemic and to support the needs of our community.
I will be asking you to use your connections with the community and your own social media audiences to share this information and engage the community in working together to create a positive outcome. YOU are the leaders that our community looks to during this time. As an organization, the Chamber is here to provide you with the resources to support you and your leadership.
This is our time to demonstrate to others and to ourselves that our community success is not determined by the times when things are easy – but how resilient we are when times are challenging.
Interim Changes for Chamber Operations:
I have reviewed the recommendations from the CDC and WHO regarding the actions of non-healthcare businesses and organizations. Based on their guidance, I am establishing the following temporary changes to be in effect from March 18 to April 3, 2020:
• Suspension of all Chamber activities involving large gatherings. To date events include March Business after Hours and the April First Friday Means Business
• The Chamber Office will remain open; however, we ask that you call or email if at all possible, to address any questions or issues
Please know that the Chamber is here for you and for every business and resident of Dublin/Laurens County. I welcome and need your advice, counsel and input on how we can best engage the community in the work ahead. Please do not hesitate to call, email or text me any time – day or night – with your input.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Heath B. Taylor
Heath B. Taylor
Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce