Take Five: Resources & Best Practices from Today
The storms were rough for many parts of Indiana last night, but the sun appears to be shining today. Although we are in the midst of leading members through the most challenging storm ever now, let's all work together to target brighter days ahead. Here are 5 take-aways from the day for Chamber leaders:

  • FAQs on the PPP: The U.S. Chamber rolled out yesterday this FAQ on the Paycheck Protection Program that will assist your members with questions that they may have. Feel free to share this information if you have not done so.

  • NEW BIZ GRANTS: Thanks to the Indiana Chamber for sharing this new business grant opportunity. Salesforce Care for Small Business will award $10,000 grants to help keep small biz afloat and aid in recovery. Sign up now to be alerted when application is ready (expected mid-April). There are a lot of great resources on the Salesforce COVID page for you to check out.

  • Professional Development Reading: In case you missed this, here's a great, thought-provoking article from the Harvard Business Review Are You Leading Through The Crisis . . . or Managing? A great read for all chamber professionals.

  • Good News to Share: The City of Kokomo has launched its own program to help up to 200 local businesses that are struggling due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click to read more about this announcement made yesterday by Kokomo community leaders. Are your community leaders stepping up for public/private funding to assist businesses through the COVID crisis? Take the quick poll below and I will follow up with an e-mail asking chamber leaders to share more for those who choose yes to today's quick poll.
Has your community established local funding to assist businesses with the COVID pandemic?
I will begin to compile a resource of what community leaders are doing locally to share with all next week. In the meantime, here's a new idea for fun & exercise you may want to try while isolated at home. I just asked my poor college-age son who is lucky to be quarantined at home with his parents to start a dance class, teaching us all the fun line dances that he knows. He looked at me like I have completely lost it. but he cares enough about me to say yes for evening stress relief. Just another way to get through this together if you are looking for ideas.

Also never forget that you are not alone - all ICEA peers are in this together and willing to help as we find solutions to the issues we are all dealing with. Please stay safe and call with any questions.

Shelli Williams, IOM
Indiana Chamber Executives Association
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