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These are extremely hard times we are living through. I am looking forward to the coming days as our business community can re-open.
As businesses re-open our day to day landscape has changed and we need to be ready! 
Do you know what is expected in your industry for sanitization? Will you have signage in place letting the public know you are clean, sanitized and have standard sanitization protocols in place to receive the public?  Will you provide masks for your clients or customers or will they be required to bring their own? As an employer are you ready with protocols in place to protect your employees? Do the plans you have implemented meet CDC guidelines? These and so many more questions need to be answered industry by industry. 
Please reach out to us with any questions you have. If we do not have an answer, we will find it for you quickly. 
Let us get ready! Stay Strong! Stay Healthy!

Patty Villeneuve
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce invites you as they seek out best practices to assist our members and every business community as we prepare for recovery.

Best practices for opening your doors for business or keeping them open during the COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

Hosted by:
Alexis Glascock, Of Counsel, Fennemore Craig, P.C
Heather Macre, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C
Jessica Post, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C

The regulations and guidance are constantly changing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Understand the applicable guidelines and regulations for operating your business in compliance with the CDC, OSHA, and state and local ordinances. In addition, understand the various labor and employment issues that will come up as employees are asked to come back to work.
They will discuss opening up the state’s economy and how businesses can prepare for it, including:
How and when the Governor will phase out the Stay-at-Home order and other Executive Orders.
The applicable CDC, OSHA, and state, and local regulations for businesses as they reopen (or continue operations)
The use of PPE, masks, social distancing, and other protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
Bringing employees back from layoff or furlough or hiring employees in a legally-compliant manner
Employment issues that businesses will face as they re-open Risks by failing to operate in a legally compliant manner.
We look forward to seeing you there.
SESSION 5
Tuesday, May 5 from 9 - 10 a.m. | Negotiating Relief - Working with your Landlords and Utility Providers

In this session, explore different ideas and options on how to reduce costs and manage expenses during COVID-19, while learning from experts on how to work with your landlords and utility providers during the crisis.


SESSION 6
Wednesday, May 6 from 9 - 10 a.m. | How to Cut Costs and Manage Cash Flow

Companies that can preserve cash are likelier to return stronger when the economy begins to reopen. In this session, discover creative ways to cut costs and preserve cash, ensuring you have enough in the bank to return stronger.

Untapped Resources to Help Cope with COVID-19
Seemingly, everywhere we look there are messages regarding efforts to help small businesses navigate and survive COVID-19. Conference calls, emails, Zoom meetings…… Federal funding under the CARES Act is offered, but exhausted in a very short period. What was true last week is much different today and might be different tomorrow. Putting those programs to work for you to support your business is a challenge.

One resource for help seldom considered is the business next door. No one knows your business better than you, followed by those in similar businesses just down the street. When we work together as a group, setting aside competitive rivalries, and sharing ideas and experiences in a cooperative spirit, all will be stronger. It may be a matter of survival. The local business environment will be much stronger and each business will be much stronger if there are multiple restaurants or coffee shops or hardware stores or boutique shops or galleries, rather than one left standing in a decimated business landscape. So, call your neighbor-businesses. Contact a business that has strengths you admire. How are they maintaining customer contact? How are they participating in government COVID-19 relief programs? What social media platforms do they successfully use? Consider forming an ad hoc group of those in a business like your business and share ideas. Or set aside those competitive instincts that have served you well and call one business and just talk. Through a little sharing, you might be surprised what you learn and how much stronger everyone will become. The saying, ‘The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts’ may be a cliché, but it is certainly true now. Plus, a little commiseration will lead to improved emotional and mental health. We could all use a little of that.
Even in the political realm we see cooperation. Weekly, we all receive invitations to join digital meetings from our US Senators, our Congressman, the Chamber, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and maybe your bank to learn about programs designed to help small businesses. One or more of them may be appropriate for your business. But to a person, it is striking how hard they are working and how sincere and focused they are to find solutions to help you navigate the changing business environment and come back strong. Within our State, it is refreshing to see political rivalries set aside past differences to tackle today’s economic challenges for the greater good. In Town Hall we listen in on many of these conversations. We certainly do not know all the answers, but we know where to look and who to ask and where to direct you. Talk to us – whether you like us or not.

If we help one another and tap into resources we might otherwise never consider, we will come out of this challenge stronger as individual businesses and as a community.

John Crane
  Well here we are in the month of May. There is a Chinese saying I'm sure you've heard, "May you live in interesting times." I now fully understand that this is a curse and not a blessing. As I write this on April 21 and look in the rear view mirror of life it is hard to believe the destruction that COVID-19 has wrought. The State of Arizona has been basically closed down since the 19th of March from Governor Ducey's Executive Order 2020-9. I had signed a similar Proclamation the day before, which had the same effect with one major difference, takeout alcohol. When the Governor extended his order to include Stay Home, I signed ours to run concurrently as a show of support.
As I sit at home and watch the daily number of Arizona COVID cases it looks to me that the original goal of Flattening the Curve has been achieved. But the cost is high. As restrictions are lifted it is incumbent on each and every one of us to make intelligent choices to protect our own health.
Later this month Cave Creek Rodeo Days is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. Will it happen, will campgrounds be open, will we be able to eat at a restaurant? I don't know.
Until next Month, stay safe!
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
         Geoffrey Platts died December 5, 2000 at the untimely age of sixty-two. Mr. Platts (1938-2000) drowned while saving his companion’s life, Diana Newell, from the cold, swift rapids of the Verde River, flowing north of Bartlett Lake. It took three painstaking hours for sheriffs to recover his body. Mr. Platts was a hero, and much more. The towns of Cave Creek and Carefree officially dedicated the first day of summer to Mr. Platts- Geoffrey Platts’ Day. Also, in December 1999, Geoffrey was designated Scottsdale’s first Poet Laureate.
Geoffrey Platts arrived from Yorkshire, England in 1962, at the age of twenty-four. Later, he lived in a remote one-room cabin about eighteen miles northeast of Cave Creek in a riparian area called Seven Springs. He cherished solitude and simple living which included relinquishing his automobile; he walked everywhere. He wrote captivating poetry and published informative monthly newspaper columns with his stylized calligraphy. He was always addressing what he called “Madrecita” or Mother Earth. In 1991, Mr. Platts published a book called Trek! Man Alone in the Desert Wild; The Desert Journals of Geoffrey Platts. Additionally, Geoffrey Platts was an environmentalist and desert activist who peacefully fought development encroaching his precious Sonoran Desert.
At the urging of Arizona’s official historian, Marshall Trimble, Geoffrey became a popular public speaker; he simply read his poignant and captivating hiking journals aloud. Mr. Trimble described Geoffrey Platts as a “mesmerizing speaker…he had a wonderful way of painting word-pictures…his British accent dramatized his metaphorical imagery.” In the preface of his book Trek!, Geoffrey Platts wrote, ” May these writings help spark some fresh awareness of the elemental need to wholly protect the one and only Sonoran Desert for its own sake, and then for ours.”
Dear Valued PVCC Community Member,
 
Much uncertainty remains as the global pandemic persists, but it’s in these challenging times that humanity shines through and shows us the best in people. I want to give my thanks again to the PVCC family and our surrounding community for their continued support, feedback, and flexibility as we navigate this “new normal.”
 
Since moving PVCC’s classes to a fully online format, we have been busy learning ourselves - navigating student and faculty needs, methodically evaluating the best course of action, and identifying new resources and tools to help our students succeed. 

While none of this has been easy given the circumstances, we do have a reason to celebrate … April is Community College Awareness Month. As we continue to serve a vital role in supporting the educational needs of northeast Phoenix and northern Maricopa County, it’s a great time to recognize and spread awareness of the hard work and achievement happening every day at PVCC.
 
With that in mind, here are some significant highlights:
 
·      The Club Education students created 100 "STEAM Party Packs" to entertain children while their parents work from home. The kit includes instructions and supplies to create a catapult, a paper and straw airplane, a paper helicopter and an origami project, as well as, a science workbook or picture book, all of which will delivered to Paradise Valley Unified School District schools for distribution.
·      The Library, IT and Academic Affairs terms worked together to loan out 86 laptops to assist students learning in a remote environment.
·      In partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank, on March 26, 2020, PVCC served as a food distribution site, providing relief to more than 300 households.
·      The Nursing program donated nearly  $2,000 worth of personal protection equipment  including more than 40 N95 masks, 50 gowns, 300 face masks, 2100 pairs of gloves and 30 PPE kits (a set includes gloves, a gown, a mask and protective headgear) to the State of Arizona to help frontline healthcare workers.
·      83 donors helped raise $18,000 to support 60 students during the first round of PVCC Student Emergency Fund distribution.
·      The Fitness Center is encouraging our PVCC community to stay active and healthy at home by hosting daily workouts on our official Instagram and Facebook page, @PVCCAZ.
·      Club Z is hosting the “Z Positive Social Change Video Challenge” on  Facebook (@ClubZPVCC)  to encourage posting positive video messages and promoting a sense of belonging throughout our college and beyond.
·      The Custodial Staff on campus serves as our onsite heroes, disinfecting everything on campus with hospital-grade cleaners to clean and control the hazard of cross-contamination from environmental surfaces. Other essential staff on campus at this time include Maintenance & Operations, IT and Public Safety. 
PVCC Alumni have also stepped up, finding creative and impactful ways to help during this time. 
 
·      Entrepreneurs,  Adam and Amber Wong , and their company Rockstar Workforce, are offering a free Work from Home Assessment Tool designed to help improve communication as many people are learning to work from home.
·       Kyle Hollenbeck and Tommy D'Ambrosio , owners of Aioli Burgers, rolled out a meal plan to feed first responders and keep employees working. To date, more than 2,500 meals have been prepared, 1,500 of those donated to first responders.
·      Dynamic sister duo  Yohanna Wendt and Lysette Hill  of Sister Power, LLC, are teaming up with Green Living Magazine to provide an increased online presence bringing hope, support, and stress relief for those in the community and offering immune system support, managing emotions, environmental stewardship, financial management and education. 

These wins are just a small glimpse of the great and selfless work happening at our college. This is all possible because of the collective effort, dedication and passion of our PVCC family. As we look ahead to the demanding weeks before us, we will continue to fulfill our Vision of aspiring to be the higher learning organization of choice, while keeping you informed of our progress.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to follow PVCC on our social media channels –  Facebook (@PVCCAZ) Instagram (PVCC_Official)  or  Twitter (@PVCC_Official).
 Stay safe. Stay healthy.
 
Sincerely,
 Paul A. Dale
President
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