March 16, 2020
CHAMBER BRIEFS
Chamber Briefs provides a monthly update on Chamber news, events and programs.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
MCCRAW TRUCKING, INC.
2108 Brushy Fork Road
Cana, VA 24317
276.755.2159
SHELTER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
3325 US Hwy 29 North
Danville, VA 24540
434.724.8160
DIRECT AUTO INSURANCE
[RUTH LARA]
459 Mt. Cross Road
Danville, VA 24540
757.536.3801
COVID-19 UPDATE
Like all of you, the Chamber is sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts both business and community. While we are in uncertain times, we continue to monitor this situation and will share information with you as appropriate.

The Chamber will remain open for business. In the upcoming weeks, however, we may operate on reduced office hours or integrate remote work as needed. We are here to serve our members, and will continue to provide support as we work together during this challenging time. 

Public health experts advise anyone who is most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Please follow CDC recommended respiratory etiquette and safe hand washing practices, and stay home if you feel ill.

Once you're taking care of yourself, take a moment to think of other businesses
that need your ongoing support. If ever there was a time for the business
community to think about the community's business, now is that time!
While we need to practice responsible social distancing, how about purchasing
a gift card from your favorite restaurant, retailer or service provider to use in the
future? Or ordering delivery or curbside pick-up from your favorite restaurant?
Before you cut back an employee’s hours, consider there may be a project
you've been meaning to accomplish and assign it to that employee.

Thank you for taking care of yourself, your employees and your community. We are grateful for your support of our region through your investment in the Chamber, and
we hope you will reach out if there is anything we can do for you.
ACCESS RESOURCES ABOUT COVID-19
CHAMBER EVENT INFORMATION
EVENTS POSTPONED

WE Lead:
Creating a Workplace Where Both Women and Men Thrive
[originally scheduled for March 25]

WE Read:
No Hard Feelings
[originally scheduled for April 8]
CHANGES TO UPCOMING EVENTS

Legislative Breakfast:
To be offered online via Zoom
Date TBD
[originally scheduled for April 1]

Candidate Forum:
To be offered online via Zoom
April 14 | 5:30-7 p.m.
[details will be provided]
PURCHASE AN AD IN CHAMBER BRIEFS
MEMO FROM FCS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS PROCEDURES
Dear Valued Business Partner:
 
In response to the developing situation regarding coronavirus/COVID-19, we have received a number of inquiries from clients regarding what steps can be taken from a cleaning standpoint to help prevent the spread of infection.
 
T he effectiveness of any cleaning program as a preventive measure against the spread of this or any other viral illness is somewhat limited. A simple illustration of the limitations of preventive cleaning measures is this: if an FCS employee fully disinfects and sanitizes a door handle, and then the next person who opens that door is a carrier of an illness, then the door handle is no longer sanitary. Therefore, unless a surface is sanitized after each and every use, cleaning alone can not promise to stop the spread of the disease. These types of concerns come up every few years (Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, etc.), and are always followed by worries over how to best clean. The reality is that cleaning is only one part of a solid preventative plan.
 
We understand that you are concerned for the health and safety of your staff, customers, vendors, and other visitors. One measure you may take in this effort would be to install extra hand sanitizer stations in all areas where it is possible to do so. Personal hygiene is far and away the best way to fight this type of virus and its spread.

It is important to emphasize to all individuals in your facility the need for regular, thorough hand washing and other basic personal hygiene tasks, both while at work and elsewhere. Should you wish to go a step further, there are companies that produce antimicrobial surface coatings that can be applied to door handles and various other high-touch surfaces. These coatings provide continuous "cleaning," meaning that the surfaces can kill any bacteria that may touch them after the coatings have been applied.  You should also encourage employees to stay at home if they have a fever or other flu-like symptoms.
 
In the event an individual who has recently been in your facility tests positive for COVID-19, FCS can offer emergency deep cleaning services to disinfect the facility . After a known exposure, a professional decontamination effort is recommended before opening back up for business. This should be handled by a firm with specialized training and equipment. It should not be handled like a “normal” cleaning for your business. FCS has the certified personnel, equipment, and chemicals needed to provide emergency response in such a situation. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on services or to put a contingency plan in place, as many of our clients have done already.
 
Otherwise – keep calm, carry on, and wash your hands!
 
Thank you,
 
Conrad Smith
President FCS, Inc.
EXPLORING CAREERS THROUGH INDUSTRY TEACHER EXTERNSHIPS
ASPHIRE MOCK INTERVIEW DAY
INNOVATION PARTNERS
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce | www.dpchamber.org
(T) 434.836.6990 | (F) 434.836.6955
8653 US Hwy 29 | PO Box 99 | Blairs, VA 24527