Issue 6.17
April 24, 2020
Message from the President
In my Monday email , we mentioned there are three important tasks underway here at the State Chamber:

  1. Create a playbook on how businesses work safely or reopen to employees and customers.
  2. Identify the business community's immediate needs once the signal to 'open' is given.
  3. Develop long-term policy ideas with others in the hopes of moving Delaware from “good to great” in the next couple of years.

We are happy to deliver the first bullet point to you all today — the COVID-19 Prevention Best Practices Guide .

 The goal in issuing this best practice guide is to encourage businesses to start thinking about how to best prepare weeks before a reopening occurs. We want to avoid business owners opening their stores or operations without a safe, organized plan to do so.
Join us on April 28 at 1:00 pm

What will a return to work look like?  That is the question weighing heavily on the minds of government leaders and public health officials, employers and their employees, and Delawareans striving for the delicate balance of staying safe and making ends meet.

Congress passed an additional $320 billion package for the Paycheck Protection Program last night. Learn more about this new funding & the US Chamber’s Path Forward initiative to address implementing a back to work plan with Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
If you have been listening to our COVID-19-related calls, have they been helpful to you?
Yes, very helpful!
I have not participated in a State Chamber call yet
Suggestions for a topic or speaker?
Email your ideas to Kelly Basile at
Did you miss our calls this week?
On Tuesday, we hosted a call with DelDOT Secretary Cohan. Here is a quick recap:

  • DelDOT is working through COVID-19, all projects are on time & on budget.
  • The department has implemented service modifications like cashless tolls and less riders on public transportation to follow social distancing rules.
  • DelDOT launched a new website that is dedicated to the I-95 project:
On Thursday, we were joined by Dr. Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Here is a quick recap:

  • Because there is no medicine or vaccine proven to work yet, the best thing society can do is prevent the spread. Predictive models show peaks around four weeks after implementing social distancing measures.
  • In order to move forward from the crisis, companies will need to adjust their current policies and make changes in how they engage with customers and vendors.
A breakdown of the second stimulus plan

The $484 billion agreement will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, a program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus and related shutdowns. On the left is a breakdown from The Wall Street Journal .
Delaware nonprofits can access Paycheck Protection Program loan through NDC & Stepping Stones
Now that the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is relaunching, Delaware nonprofits will have exclusive access to $12 million in funds designated by the National Development Council (NDC), thanks to the generous underwriting of Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and with support from Discover Bank. Read more
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