For the week of June 22, 2020
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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • Message from the President
  • Thought for the Week
  • NC DOT Trails Survey
  • NEW COVID-19 Business Resources
  • Randolph County COVID-19 Updates on YouTube
  • Promote Your Business FREE This Thursday!
Message from Chamber President, Linda Brown
It has been 3 months since our community first began to face the changes resulting from COVID-19. When the outbreaks first began, Chamber staff called all 800+ members. We were fortunate to speak directly to most of you. Many were left messages when we could not make direct contact. We heard your stories, shared your tears and your laughs, and got to know you all a lot better.

Here at the Chamber we have felt your pain. Beginning April 1st we furloughed two employees and reduced wages of the other two. Our furloughed staff will be coming back July 1st, and we are excited to "get the band together again". For a while, all of us will be working reduced hours due to finances. As things improve, we'll be back to 100%. Until then, we will be at the office 3 days per week (Tuesday-Thursday).

Despite all that, we want you to know the Chamber has continued working on behalf of all our members. In the last 84 days, we have:
  • Published 100+ announcements, updates, links to resources, legislative information, and helpful tips via our website, newsletters, BOSS Time interviews, social media, Deals from Members, and our outdoor display board.
  • Attended dozens of webinars and video meetings to stay informed of how we can connect our members to vital resources related to PPP, EIDL, NC DES, and others.
  • Attended video meetings with leaders from state and federal agencies, the NC Chamber of Commerce, and the National Manufacturers Association - not only to learn how they can help, but also to represent Randolph County so we remain on their radars.
  • Published a "Back to Business" tool kit including information for reopening as well as window/counter flyers to help communicate your business' safety plan.
  • Published information to our website with current updates related to services being provided by our members (accessed by more than 2,400 individuals).
  • Published Student LIFT applications and the 4th Grade History Report packet that would normally be picked up at the Chamber office to the Chamber website (accessed by more than 1,100 individuals).
  • The Chamber Facebook page grew by more than 500 new followers.
  • We have had 9 new members join during this time.

And finally, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our members! The out pour of support from you has meant the world to us. Continue to hang in there; we will all get through this together. ~ Linda Brown
We are working on a special reopening video. If you would like your business featured in it, please email me and let me know!
Thought for the Week

You cannot be really first-rate
at your work if your work
is all you are.

~ Anna Quindlen
NC Department of Transportation
Needs Your Input to Improve Greenways!
North Carolina's Department of Transportation is seeking comment on the Great Trails State Plan. Their vision is to have one network of trails that connect all 100 NC counties. Please take a few moments to participate so Randolph County's trails are included!
NEW Resources for Businesses
The following resources were provided by your
fellow Chamber Member, CIBIZ.
5 Business Continuity Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Engaging Remote Employees During COVID-19 & Beyond
How to Monetize the Tax Changes in the CARES Act
Randolph County COVID-19 Updates
Have you seen Randolph County's COVID-19 videos? They are updated twice weekly with the latest statistics and information from the Health Department and are presented by Commissioner Darrell Frye, County Health Director Susan Hayes, County Manager Hal Johnson, and County Wellness Coordinator Sam Varner. Videos are posted to the Randolph County YouTube Channel.
Give us your business's promotional information
and we'll send it out FREE this Thursday!
  • This Thursday we will be sending out a listing of our Members' special deals and promotions. Email details to me no later than 5PM on Wednesday,June 24th.

  • If you prefer to have your offer stand alone, we are offering the option of having an email blast for $75 (50% off the normal rate of $150). Emails are sent to our members and their representatives (1800+ email addresses). There is a limited quantity available. Email me if you are interested in this option.

  • You can also promote your business on the Chamber building's outdoor digital board for $75 for 7 days (50% off the normal rate of $150). Email me if you want more information on this option.

Remember that monthly payments for dues and sponorships are available and encouraged during this time. Just reach out and we are happy to convert you to the monthly option.