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3/28: Week Recap And Preview Of What's Next

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March 28 2020
Good Morning.

I hope this article finds you safe and practicing all appropriate precautions. Your commitment to doing your part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus will help us all, and enable us to get back-on-track as quickly as possible. In a phrase? Stay distant, please!

Yesterday was another milestone day in this new journey.  Lancaster County was added to the “Stay at Home” designation by Governor Wolf; and the federal government finalized a $2 trillion relief program to assist people, businesses and communities.

We remain committed to helping sort it all out for you, your business and your employees.

First off, the Order to “Stay at Home.” Truth is, the Order doesn’t change too much more than what everyone SHOULD have been doing in the first place. None-the-less, it now makes it official and enforceable. For details on the specifics and it’s direct impact on business, click HERE.

Second, the passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Stimulus bill. Suffice it to say, the package presents a host of opportunities for businesses and individuals, alike.  You can learn more about it HERE (this was last updated on Thursday after the passage in the Senate, but the details remain the same).

The events of yesterday demonstrate, yet again, that circumstances are changing on a very regular basis.  To stay up-to-date on all the business-related information please visit our website often at www.lancasterchamber.com/coronavirus. On the site you will find all the information you need to know about including loan and grant programs, evolving human resource issues (and UC issues), legal matters, best practices.  Sections dedicated to small businesses and non-profits are also on the site.

As you can likely imagine, the team at the Lancaster Chamber has been slammed with calls and emails seeking guidance.  And, make no mistake about it, we welcome each and every one of your questions and comments! Keep them coming.

Due to that we thought it would be helpful to share with you all the most commonly asked questions from the local business community.  You can review those FAQ’s HERE and, as you do, you will know you’re not alone. You can also view the FAQ’s from the state here. Our business community is going through this together and we invite your continued sharing of questions, perspectives and best practices as a means of helping others.  You can send any and all comments to Heather Valudes, Community Impact Director, at hvaludes@lancasterchamber.com.

Sharing these FAQ’s is part of our effort to help you get to doing business-as-your-new-normal as soon as possible.  Other tools we have ready to help you are our webinars. For next week, we are pleased to offer the following:

Coronavirus And It's Legislative Impacts Webinar
When: March 31 from 9-10am.
Getting the facts about Coronavirus, or Covid -19, and its impact on your company is a business imperative. Although the news is dominated with stories about what businesses must do, it can be overwhelming.
REGISTER FOR FREE WEBINAR NOW

Remote Work Series: Cybersecurity at Home
When: April 1 from 1:30-2:30pm
In the last 3 weeks, some of our Lancaster County business community moved our workforce to remote working due to the COVID19 pandemic.
REGISTER FOR FREE WEBINAR NOW

Remote Work Series: How Do I Work From Home?
When: April 2 from 11am-Noon
This webpage is designed to share information and tips to enhance one’s work-from-home mindset, habits and practices.
REGISTER FOR FREE WEBINAR NOW

Additional upcoming webinars will cover lending/loan programs, accounting/tax issues, doing business on-line and more. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and be sure to check out recordings on our website of past webinars for legal insights on recent changes.

Again, we are here to help. Use us.

Finally, as you appropriately focus in on the specifics in planning the next steps for your business, I also want to be sure you keep in mind the needs, opportunities and generosity of the community around us:

-First and foremost, THINK LOCAL!  Before you hit “send” with that on-line order, take an extra minute to see if you can buy it on-line AND locally, instead. And remember, restaurants are still offering take-out and would greatly appreciate your business. Now, more than ever, we need you to help your fellow business community with your purchases;
-Second, give where you can.  I don’t need to tell you that the need is both intense and real among our neighbors and our local non-profits.  As you can, please consider making a gift to the charity of your choice. I’d also invite you to explore THIS WEBSITE, it's an initiative of the United Way and the Lancaster County Community Foundation launched to meet our community’s critical needs of the moment.
-Lastly, get creative.  I have been continually inspired by the creativity businesses and their employees are exemplifying as they seek ways to contribute. Like,the North Group, who has invited their employees to use the company credit card to get take-out from a local restaurant once a week.  They can enjoy the meal themselves and their family or they can donate it with someone in need. All the employees are asked to do is offer a substantial tip to the take-out place as a means of sharing the generosity; and Donegal Insurance donating bottled water to school districts for their meal pickup service; and the House of Pizza who has been providing free slices of pizza and drink for all school age kids.

As I wrote earlier, please make sure you take some time for yourself.  A rainy Saturday should force some quiet reflection and, hopefully, a pleasant Sunday will enable you all to enjoy the outdoors –safely!

Please take care. And keep your distance.

With Encouragement,

Tom Baldrige, President & CEO of the Lancaster Chamber

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