Take Five: Resources & Best Practices from Today
Here's to every Chamber pro who is pushing it to the limit to deliver resources. Today's Take Five offers some free resources and cool ideas to make your job easier. Here are 5 take-aways from the day for Chamber leaders:

  • Free Interactive Mapping Tools: The GIS Planning team is offering all U.S. economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and regional organizations a free interactive GIS data mapping tool to track the spread of the novel coronavirus through their region, featuring the Chmura JobsEQ Job Loss Vulnerability Index. The coronavirus data is provided by the New York Times and is updated daily; it is available for the US as a whole and by county. The free tool can be quickly and easily added anywhere on your website.

  • 7 Types of Stories Your Chamber Needs To Be Telling During the Pandemic: This post by Christina Metcalf is worth a read as the chamber is a natural fit to disseminate some of the really good news going on in your community. And good news is there, even if the past few days have left you wondering. People respond to good news. They want to hear about it and since you’re not worried about selling copies of papers, you can help lead that. The chamber can encourage people to have hope and faith that prosperity will return simply by sharing stories. Click to continue reading.

  • Virtual Happy Hour Success: The Southwest Indiana Chamber typically holds their networking event every Friday morning with sponsors committed for each Friday. Last week, they transitioned to a Virtual Happy Hour with great success. The staff asked the sponsor that was to be the Friday missed due to the quarantine if they would like to be a sponsor of this Virtual Happy Hour. This same business was also the bingo sponsor. The sponsor was only asked to purchase some gift certificates for bingo winners. Participants had fun playing bingo as the Happy Hour moved along. The staff also asked the beer distributors to be beverage sponsors, and they supplied some beverages. The event was scheduled from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Staff reps were on before 4:30pm and waited until about 4:40pm to begin, as people were hopping on and just having great conversations too.  Sample resources for your chamber include this pre-email to attendees; agenda and bingo card. Thanks to Karen Robinson, Events Manager with the Southwest Indiana Chamber for sharing details on their successful virtual Happy Hour.

  • How To Use Pop-Up Facebook Groups: Want an effective way to promote limited-time offers or events? Have you considered a temporary Facebook group? In this article, you'll discover how to run a pop-up Facebook group for your chamber.

  • Call To Action: Thousands of chambers of commerce and other organizations have signed on to an ASAE letter encouraging administration and congressional leaders support 501(c)(6) organizations in the next COVID-19 aid package. Add your chamber to the letter.

Pace yourself over the days ahead. Remember to work smarter, not harder. Count on the expertise of your peers to collaborate with other chambers in your region, to borrow great ideas and to lean on each other through this all, because only other ICEA members who are on the economic front lines can truly understand. I am a call away if you ever need anything at all to help your chamber move forward.

Hang in there -

Shelli Williams, IOM
Indiana Chamber Executives Association
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