CHAMBER NEWS: April 9, 2020
Remaining Steadfast
Although things are fluid and changing daily on all fronts, as of today regarding the current status of the stay-at-home order, we are more than halfway over that hump. After this Easter weekend, we all need to remain alert to the progress being made on flattening the curve of Covid-19 cases and continue to stay safe by staying home.

The goal of our daily updates has been to keep you informed of all CARES Act changes, invite you to our virtual webinars, and provide access to resources and information from our valued partners in the parish, region and state, our congressional delegation and the U.S. Chamber.

New buzzwords are: “pause” and “pivot.” Businesspeople are not used to pausing, were not prepared to pivot, but you all have done what you must do. Throughout the first half of the stay-at-home orders, we have witnessed resilience and fortitude to get through this crisis and come out of it stronger. We know our members are using the resources and information we have provided–we see it in the analytics, engagements and open rates. All the links on our website as well as on our partners’ websites are being updated almost daily.

We know the numbers of SBA/PPP/EIDL loan applications are in the hundreds of thousands and that the approvals are much lower. Patience is a virtue that all bankers working through this appreciate from small business owners. Approval processes are underway, and the funds will arrive. When? The new standard answer of “I don’t know” applies, but at this point it will be sooner.

We will now pivot from daily updates back to two to three weekly updates; however, our website will be updated as information changes. We have begun to reach out to you by phone; if you have not received a call from one of our staff members, you will in the week ahead. We are here for you. All office phones have been forwarded to staff cell phones if you want to call any of us.

We will shift to recovery. With that in mind, today we are updating you on some of our events planned for May and beyond. In the meantime, our committees will continue to meet via Zoom, and other remote events are listed in this update.

We continue to work remotely, however will observe the Good Friday holiday tomorrow, April 9. On behalf of your Chamber staff and Board of Directors, we wish your families a blessed, safe Easter weekend.

Lacey Osborne
President and CEO

Learn more about Chamber activities from The Lake 94.7 interview with Lacey Osborne here.
Encouraging News to Share

According to a webinar presented by Ochsner Health System, there is encouraging news to share related to Covid-19. Social distancing seems to be working. Without it, one infected person would infect three people, who would infect another three people and so on. With social distancing, one infected person is infecting 1.3 people. Escalated testing in our area is helping flatten the curve through awareness of the spread and the need to heed stay-at-home orders.

There is optimism the summer and fall season will see an improvement in health conditions due to built-up immunity from exposure to the virus, increased testing, and antibodies in people who have already had the virus.

Access slide presentation here.
NAMI St. Tammany Shares Resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Tammany provides education, advocacy, support and resources for families and individuals with mental illness. They are utilizing their free NAMI St. Tammany Mental Health Mobile App to share important information critical to those they serve and the entire community during this time.

NAMI St. Tammany encourages everyone to practice self-care and know that you are not alone. NAMI St. Tammany is here to help.

More information on the Mental Health App is available.
Virtual Chamber Events
Wednesday, April 15
3 PM to 4 PM via Zoom

LIMITED to 20 participants

This members-only benefit provides a fast, effective networking opportunity while maintaining social distancing. Participants will give 1-to-2 minute sales pitches about what distinguishes their business/ service from others in their field or just inform other members about their organization and what a good referral for them would be.
You must have access to a webcam to participate.
Thursday, April 16
4 PM to 5:30 PM via Zoom

LIMITED to 50 participants

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for our first Virtual Business After Hours. It will be a trivia night with a variety of general interest questions.

You must have access to a webcam to participate.

Networking Opportunities
Join the St. Tammany Member Facebook Group and stay in touch with more than 120 fellow members who've joined already. It's a private group for Chamber members only to share business updates, hours of operation and special promotions.

Follow the Chamber on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Post your takeout, curbside and delivery operations on St. Tammany Eats--or go there to order your meal and support local businesses.

Use your Chamber member benefits to advertise specials or share news with other members. Read more here.
Rescheduled Chamber Events
We choose to be optimistic and have rescheduled these events based on current information.
Business & Community EXPO
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Thursday, June 4
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leadercast St. Tammany 2020
Great Speakers

Wednesday, July 22
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Advertise your business to other members HERE
or with a separate CHAMBER member Eblast email
We are changing with the current business environment. During this time, we are now offering members the opportunity to use this promotional space ($125) in our daily Chamber News and/or send a standalone Eblast email ($250) to our Chamber list Monday through Friday. Our current open and click-through rates are up 5-10% over our normally better-than average rates. Click here to reserve.
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