First Thing Monday Morning - March 30, 2020
A Message from your Chamber President: 

Good morning,

As we enter the third week of the COVID-19 crisis hitting the Winter Haven area, it's still so hard to accept what is happening around us as reality. But it is unfortunately so. I've been incredibly impressed with how the community has responded and lifted each other up during this time.

There was little news this weekend from the state and federal level, however during last night's Presidential briefing the CDC guidelines for social distancing, including no gatherings over 10 people, were extended through April 30. As you likely received in a text alert on Saturday, the Florida Surgeon General also issued an advisory urging persons 65 years or older and persons with certain underlying medical conditions to stay home for 14 days; and all employers are encouraged to utilize telework as much as possible.

As I mentioned to you in Friday's update, we are working on setting up a series of webinars on the aid packages and are here to help you navigate them as more guidance is issued at the federal level. Please keep an eye on your email or reach out to myself or Karen Speer , our business recovery information coordinator, with questions. We may not have all of the answers yet, but we will work to get them for you.

We continue to update our COVID-19 response page on our website so bookmark this page for reference.

All my best - 
Katie Worthington Decker 
Your Chamber President 
This Week at the Chamber
Conference Call:
Understanding how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Affects Your Business
April 1, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Chamber member CertiPay has invited us to join them on a call they are hosting for their clients regarding the first stimulus bill passed March 18, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act . Rachel Comella with CertiPay will present an overview of this new bill. She will discuss the specific details of the new legislation, including paid sick leave, emergency family medical leave, the payroll tax credit and the health plan mandate. She will also have a live Q and A during the webinar session. 
  • Understanding the COVID-19 Paid Leave Bill
  • What employers need to know
  • Who is covered?
  • Which employers must follow this new bill?

This call is limited to the first 150 people who dial in. If you are unable to join the call, we have asked CertiPay that it be recorded so we can share it with you on our blog. We plan on having multiple calls like this over the coming weeks so do not worry if you try to join but it is full.

Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 01:00 PM
 Join Zoom Meeting:
 Meeting ID: 120 306 715
 Dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Webinar: Tips to Pivot to Remote Working
Thursday, April 2
9:30am - 10:30am
We’ve all been thrust into new ways of working, so how can we take the lessons learned from this to navigate the next few weeks but also find more efficient and effective ways to manage our business in the future?  

Juanita Coley with  Solid Rock Consulting, LLC , who is a subject matter expert in
workforce management, will walk us through these key ways to pivot your working environment and your staff to remote working when needed.

  • Technology needs for a remote workforce, and who is responsible for costs
  • When and who can work remotely
  • Managing and motivating remote working staff
  • Training new remote workers
  • Policies and procedures best practices
Webinar: Workforce Management and Business Continuity Planning for your Operations
Thursday, April 2
11:30am - 12:30pm
As the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, we may feel like most things are out of our control, but there are ways to take back some of that control for ourselves and for our teams.
In this webinar, Juanita Coley with  Solid Rock Consu lting, LLC , will specifically look at managing and transitioning medium to large teams through times of change. She will discuss how we can take the lessons learned from today to navigate the next few weeks, and also find more efficient and effective ways to manage business in the future.

Juanita will cover the following key points in this webinar:

  • Workforce Management
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Onsite and Remote Working Teams
  • Capacity Planning
It's Happenin' In the Haven: Episode 11 -   Scream Test Now Available.
In Episode 11 - Scream Test we hear from Ginger Cook , a co-producer and Unit Production Manager for the full-length thriller film, Scream Test, which filmed almost entirely in Winter Haven this spring. Ginger shares information about the film and what their experience has been like recording with Dolphin Image Studios and in Winter Haven. We also learn about the nonprofit  Heart for Winter Haven  and the housing initiative in Winter Haven to help prevent homelessness with Brad Beatty .

Listen now on   Spotify Apple Google Podcasts  and more.   Learn more about the podcast here !
Friendly Reminder!
There is a lot on our minds these days and taking the US Census probably isn't one of them. But it IS very important to our future that you take the less than 10 minutes to take the survey as it helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities like ours each year. Watch your mail for your online code and hop on to respond here to complete today!
Share the Good News
Newton Peach Marketing knows that now more than ever you need your business seen and heard. has waved all set up fees and is offering help with social media pages for your business!

Call 863.602.6414 for assistance
Law Office of Allan L. Casey  is offering to help businesses in their efforts to obtain public assistance due to the coronavirus by offering free legal advice regarding these programs and their applications.

Call (863) 294-4468 for more information. 
Black Oak Creative added this artwork to their downtown office to remind us that we are ALL in this together.
KFC Auburndale partnered with the United Way of Central Florida to provide the food for the food drop at the Winter Haven Housing Authority community this past weekend.
ASAP Prints  is creating FREE 5x2 banners for any Winter Haven restaurants who need it! Simply give them your restaurant name, to-go hours and phone number.
Dundee of Davidson donated 2,000 pounds of Honeybell Oranges to Hospice, various retirement facilities, and the Winter Haven Hospital!
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Celebrate the People
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Banker's Cup Citizens of the Year Award, Winter Haven's highest honor.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Banker's Cup Citizens of the Year Award, Winter Haven's highest honor. The awards will be given during the Celebrate Winter Haven event to be held Thursday, September 24, 2020. All nominations must be received by April 1, 2020.

Click here   to learn more about the Banker's Cup Award and nominate a deserving individual today!
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