As I write this dawn is yet to break and a thunderstorm is crossing Polk County, for as long as I can remember I have thought of thunder storms as God’s way to “clean the air”, so maybe we can view todays storm and the dawn that will closely follow it as a new beginning, a new day, a new start. Many of the conversation, zoom meetings and webinars I have had throughout this week have followed a similar theme, focusing on pivoting our energy and thoughts from relief to restarting, recovering and even to reimagining our business strategies. The good news, last night, that the House passed the additional funds to replenish the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency, Injury and Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs is a welcome start to that new day.
I, once again, urge you (if you have not already done so) to contact your relationship banker, as soon as possible, all voices agree that these funds will be quickly depleted. Should you need assistance navigating these programs, our partner organizations at the U.S. Chamber and the Central Florida Development Council have produced a number of guides and resources to assist our members through this.
We all want to restart our businesses, yet we all understand the need to do this in the safest way possible. Our State, County and City officials are working tirelessly building strategies to ensure the safest possible ways to achieve this.
And so we will use this time to explore what our “new normal” will look, feel and be like. We will host a number of online events to open those discussions, gather ideas, have our questions answered by experts in their fields and collaborate on strategies to ensure we’re all as prepared as we can be.
Look out for your First Thing Monday e-newsletter for upcoming events, we have two scheduled for today:
At 10:00 am join us as we start the conversation with "What will re-open look like for your business?" Please click here to register.
And at 3:00 pm Nelson Kirkland and Morgan Driggers of Central Florida Media Group, will guide us through the best ways to market your business on social media. To register for this meeting Click here.
Our partners at the U.S. Chamber also have programs open to our members:
National Small Business Town Halls, in partnership with Inc. Magazine every Friday
Workshop Wednesdays, hosted by CO– by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Path Forward, a bi-weekly series hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation
Additional tools and resources can be found here.
Your Chamber is here for you, we will keep you “in the loop” as news breaks, provide the support you need to get through this, and together we will be stronger than ever!
Kindest regards - Amanda-Jo
Amanda-Jo Nicholson, IOM
Vice President of Member Services
Cell: (863) 242-6934
Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Tel: (863) 293-2138
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