Take Five: Resources & Best Practices from Today
Happy mid-week to all. ICEA has had some contacts this week from members who are struggling with lost revenue, staff layoffs and more. If you are concerned with what your Chamber may look like in the future due to these big challenges and you would like a time to confidentially talk through issues, please reach out to me at shelli@iceaonline.com and we will schedule time to talk. Stand tall and weather this storm friends. You may find some encouragement in today's Take Five:

  • Community Recovery Workbook: No matter where your community is on the recovery timeline, your team can benefit from the Recovery Workbook released today by a collaboration of statewide organization partners. This word document is accesible in the ICEA COVID Resource Portal (the top resource under Resources for Chambers). The workbook includes potential partners to help solve problems in your community that may not yet be included in your planning team as well as facilitated questions for the team to think through. An ICEA rep is available to schedule a confidential call to discuss the recovery workbook with your planning team - e-mail Shelli Williams to schedule.

  • Another Great Resource From the Greater Bloomington Chamber: As we head into the next phase of recovery and begin to plan for reopening, the Greater Bloomington Chamber has been working in collaboration with many businesses and organizations to provide resourceful information for members and the community. Starting today, the Chamber will be hosting a 3-week virtual Back To Business Conference to help get businesses back on track. 

  • Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association: As restaurants prepare to open at 50% capacity on May 11, the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association (INRLA) shared some of what customers can expect when visiting a restaurant going forward: one-use menus or menus sent via text, waiting in vehicles for reservation times, single-use condiments, and tables removed or marked off, using only every other booth. INRLA also published best practice specifications for restaurant employees and customers. Restaurant and food service jobs accounted for 10% of employment in Indiana in 2019 and generated just under $13 billion in sales. Every dollar spent in restaurants contributes between $1.56 to $1.75 to the state’s economy.

  • H.R. 6697, the Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act: As you might have seen, yesterday, Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39), and Greg Steube (R-FL-17) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 6697) to ensure local chambers of commerce and other nonprofits who support small businesses—and who are not currently eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—can receive the federal assistance they need to navigate the devastating economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you and your members to urge your Congressional leadership to support this bill, and we will continue to keep you informed about future legislative action that might also accomplish our common goal to provide emergency assistance to all non-profits in response to the pandemic. Here's the press release for details.

Today the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched its Small Business PPE Marketplace. The marketplace will be a secondary resource for Indiana small businesses and nonprofit organizations with less than 150 employees to acquire PPE so they can safely reopen. That's good news for us all moving forward as we work to get our businesses Back on Track.

Throughout the weeks ahead, make sure to take care of you and do not hesitate to call or e-mail if you ever need assistance.

Shelli Williams, IOM
Indiana Chamber Executives Association
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