CHAMBER NEWS: May 9, 2020
First in Series of Business Workshops Is on May 12
The Chamber is proud to be one of the sponsors of this online workshop series.

This series will run every Tuesday and Thursday starting Tuesday, May 12, through Tuesday, June 9, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Click here to register for the May 12th workshop on Shifting Your Business Mindset & Communication Post COVID-19. 
Bootlegger Road is Open

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the $3.7 million Bootlegger Road (formerly Highway 1085) bridge replacement and road enhancement project in the Covington area is complete. Bootlegger Road was officially opened Friday morning, May 8, 2020 to vehicular traffic.

“We are happy to announce the completion of this project. This essential investment in our infrastructure will provide multiple uses and will enhance traffic flow between Hwy. 21 and Hwy. 1077. It also provides a safe option for physical activity and walkability in the area,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the patience of residents of our community during this important infrastructure improvement project.”

The construction included a recreational path for non-motorized use on the south side of Bootlegger Road from Francis Road to Highway 21. Click here to read entire news release.
National Retail Foundation "Operation Open Doors" Checklist Available

As businesses seek to reopen operations, the "Operation Open Doors" checklist from the National Retail Foundation may be helpful. It represents guidance from members and subject matter experts, and is intended to highlight key topics to consider as retailers seek to re-open operations. Individual facts and circumstances will be unique, and the Foundation encourages businesses to work with their preferred legal and financial advisors to adapt this guidance to their specific situations. Click here to download the checklist.
There's Still Time

The 2020 Census informs funding for the things our community needs to grow and thrive. There's still time to complete the census if you have not already.
Resources Available for Artist and Arts Organizations

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs offers many resources for artists and arts organizations, including a free two-part Business of Art Workshop Series.

Click here to learn more and register for the workshops.

Click here to learn about other resources available.

Click here to follow the STCCA on Facebook to keep informed.
Time to Evaluate Hurricane Evacuation Plans

Hurricane Preparedness Week may be ending today but is a reminder to start thinking about business and personal plans as hurricane season approaches.

This links may be helpful:

Click here for national information. Click here for Louisiana information.

Click here for Business Hurricane Toolkit.
Chamber Events
Thursday, May 14
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
via Zoom

LIMITED to 20 participants
MEMBERS ONLY

Network 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.
Leadercast
St. Tammany 2020

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

Virtual viewing
option available! Read more using registration link below.

Networking
Opportunities
EVERY DAY
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.
 
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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 .
Avoiding the "Quarantine 15"
It is very common for people to undergo periods of short-term weight gain, especially now with COVID-19 forcing us to shelter at home. But picking up a few pounds during lockdown, even if you shed the weight quickly, may have unwanted effects on both your body and your future health.

Click here for tips to help you return to healthier habits and reduce your stress levels.
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