The crisis we are facing right now is no joke. This is not just a local crisis that businesses are affected by. All businesses are affected across the globe. The health and the economy are at troubled water right now. And this is something that we cannot control. While many local businesses are affected, and many of our citizens are losing their jobs, let this not weaken our hearts and minds and be hopeless. We will get through this.
A personal tip I can give you is Do not Panic. Do not let fear and panic completely cloud our judgment. We must think with a clear head and try to think of ways we can get around this problem. Try to be as virtual as possible.
As the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is currently doing. They are holding virtual meetings, most of them are at no cost. This is to keep their members and followers to be updated and informed of the local happenings and offerings of the chamber amidst the crisis.
The Secretary of State also released an email newsletter informing fellow Coloradans of the Remote Notarization. This is in light of the COVID-19 contagion. The Secretary of State’s Office has set up a process that will enable Coloradans access to notary services without in-person contact.
During this time of crisis, we can think of ways we can adapt an online way of doing things. Think out of the box. If you think your business needs to pivot, do it. Do what’s best for you while supporting your family. I believe we can all think of ways on how we can offer our services online.
While this crisis is teaching us to value time, relationships and slowing down, this is also the right time for us to be creative, resourceful and helpful. We’re all in this together. We can uplift each other up such as supporting the small businesses near us.
I’ve read this somewhere – on how we can support small businesses without spending money (but of course, if they have something you need, might as well buy from them).
- Follow them on social media
- Like their posts
- Share their posts
- Comment on their posts
- Tag friends who would like them
- Post photos of their products, tag them and use their hashtag
- Tell your friends about their products and encourage them to shop there
- Write reviews
- Sign up in their email
- Send a message or email and tell them you appreciate what they do
Doing one of these things listed are sure of great help to small businesses.
Speaking about support, I am Loveland, who has created digital files for us to print and place it on our doors and windows to show support to our local businesses. Know more about it here.
On other news, the US Congress also passed a $2 Trillion economic stimulus package called the CARES Act. Its aim is to provide support to small businesses experiencing economic hardship and to maintain their current workforce. Also, A key portion of this Act is the Paycheck Protection Program, which allocates $349 billion in forgivable loans to help small businesses, independent contractors, and nonprofits meet payroll and rent needs. This is very helpful for small businesses so they can keep their business “alive” and support their workers during this pandemic.
The stay-at-home order is still in effect. Our government and front liners are asking us to stay indoors while we are all battling this pandemic. The least we can do is to follow them. Last April 10, there were people who gave tribute to the workers of UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital. People hold signs thanking health care workers outside the ambulance bay of the said hospital. These small acts of kindness are so heartwarming to our health care workers. But nonetheless, we all should stay at home for us and for them. Let us flatten the curve. This is no longer just about me or you. We’re all in this together.
How are you? How are you adjusting during this time?