Take Five: Resources & Best Practices From Today
Here's your chance to help a peer. Katie Shane, Director of Membership & Communication with the Terre Haute Chamber, recently asked about anticipation for what their chamber's annual meeting (usually held in August) could look like in 2020 with the COVID pandemic. Katie asked for any peers who still have it on tap to hold an annual meeting event for 2020 to please reach out to share what your chamber is planning. You can reach Katie at the Terre Haute Chamber.

  • Are Your E-Mails More Member Focused? It's not about the Chamber, it's about your members. Many in the ICEA network have heard this repeatedly when chamber newsletters and marketing materials are discussed. That message came through loud and clear on Wednesday when 300+ Chamber peers from ICEA and neighboring states joined together for a webinar with Bill Graham. In case you missed it, here's a link to the presentation.

  • Dining Bond Initiative: Because most restaurant owners need money now, here's an interesting idea that I found from the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. Like government-issued war bonds, the Dining Bond Initiative seeks to bring in immediate cash in exchange for future restaurant purchases. Diners can buy gift certificates sold at a discount (example $100 worth of food for a $75 bond) to be redeemed in the restaurant at a later date, depending on how the individual restaurants decide to honor the bonds. Discounts can range from 10% to 30% or BOGO with a specifc time to use at a later date. The program is open to all restaurants at no charge. More info on the Dining Bond Inititiative can be found here.

  • Leadership At Work In A COVID-19 World: Encouraging your business owners that leading by understanding that our employees are not enduring this pandemic just as employees but each as a whole person will help you see and provide more options to support them in the many ways they need. Click to read more.

  • Save Small Businesses: The U.S. Chamber Foundation is teaming up with a coalition of companies to establish the #SaveSmallBusiness Fund and provide $5,000 grants to help employers get through the days and weeks ahead. The fund will provide short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce.Learn more at www.savesmallbusiness.com.

  • Beyond COVID Podcast: Great leadership from Michael Huber and the team at the Indy Chamber for guiding chamber peers through the COVID crisis. In case you missed it, Michael was interviewed earlier this week by the IBJ and offers great advice for all chamber leaders looking beyond COVID as we step toward a return to business. This podcast is a must-listen for Chamber professionals.
In this hectic time of helping our businesses, we need to occasionally stop and celebrate. Jill Hyneman, Executive Director of the Pike County Chamber, joined ICEA this week. And Linda Comingore, Executive Director of the Greater Renesslear Chamber, renewed ICEA membership this week. Both professionals lead small chambers and both peers paid for their ICEA membership personally. That's a solid commitment to their career and professional development, that same passion and dedication carried by so many of the ICEA members. Thank you Jill & Linda for your commitment to the chamber profession and to ICEA. We look forward to seeing you both soon at an ICEA member event.

Stay healthy friends -

Shelli Williams, IOM
Indiana Chamber Executives Association
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