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  • Operating During an Epidemic – From the Desk of the Dwight Economic Alliance

    Rodney ConnorWhile COVID-19 has us all sheltering in place, the Dwight Economic Alliance has not halted operations. Face to face meetings and hand shakes might be the best way to do business, but cell phones and Zoom meetings can keep momentum going even if we have to do it from home. It feels like a different world, but there is still plenty of work to do to make sure business continues while we wait and ramps up quickly when we start to get back to normal.
    Here are a few tips to get you thru the coming weeks.
    1– Keep a level head. This isn’t fun for anyone, but it isn’t forever either. There are grants, loans, and programs available to help your business survive this hardship. Never before has the whole world had your back like they do today. Internalize that, keep your chin up, and plan for a better future. Do not make any impulsive decisions based on current business if you don’t have to.
    2-Keep your eyes out for programs that meet your needs. This is a fluid situation. If there is nothing today, there might be tomorrow. The Dwight Economic Alliance has partnered with a number of organizations to insure we are up to date with what’s available. Reach out if you are having trouble keeping up. We have helped many thru the process of applying for the appropriate program.
    3-If it is responsible, do your part to support other business. While many are struggling, others are booming. If you are feeling secure, order out an extra night, splurge on an item at one of our local businesses new websites, or buy a gift card that you will use later. It really does help.
    I’m a big fan of the Dwight Economic Alliance being as public as possible about the things we do for the community. Unfortunately, during times like these, we are solving one on one problems in confidence. It’s all hands on deck. If you need help, reach out.
    Keep your chin up. We’ve got this.