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Member Question of the Day About Shopping: What About Appointments and Safety?

June 2, 2020
Member Question We Can Shop

Member Question of the Day: We can shop! What should customers know about appointments, safety and helping retailers successfully reopen for business?

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Member Question of the Day: What if an Employee Has Symptoms of COVID-19?

May 29, 2020
Member Question When an Employee has Symptoms

Talking with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health About Symptomatic Employees In this Member Question of the Day episode, we’re speaking with Senior Epidemiologist, Derel Glashower from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. He’ll explain what to do when an employee shows symptoms of, or has been exposed to COVID-19, and guidelines to…

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Member Question of the Day: What are the Keys to a Successful Retail Reopening?

May 28, 2020
Member Question What are the Keys to a Successful Retail Restart

The Michigan Retailers Association shares keys for a successful retail reopening: preparing your store, training employees and communicating with customers.

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Member Question of the Day: Why Are We Wearing Masks?

May 27, 2020
Member Question of the Day About Wearing Masks

Talking About Masks with the Ottawa Country Department of Public Health In this Member Question of the Day episode, we’re speaking with Senior Epidemiologist, Derel Glashower from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. He’ll explain the reasons for wearing masks to keep members of our community safe. Links and Additional Resources from OCDPH: Prevention…

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Member Question of the Day: Testing Positive for COVID-19

May 20, 2020
Today's Member Question about Employees Testing Positive

Talking with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health: In this Member Question of the Day episode, we’re speaking with Senior Epidemiologist, Derel Glashower from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. He’ll explain what to do when an employee tests positive for COVID-19, and guidelines to know when and how to reopen safely. Links…

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Reconnecting with Your Customers

May 15, 2020
Welcome Open Sign at Small Business

You miss your customers and they miss you. You’ve built relationships with them and now coronavirus prevention measures are keeping them, well, socially distant. If your brick and mortar business has been closed for many weeks, you’ve no doubt been searching for new ways to market your business to reach customers and sell your products.…

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Chamber Announces Downtown Relief Fund

May 8, 2020
Retail Open Sign

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce Announces the Creation of the Downtown Relief Fund A Program of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation   (HOLLAND, MICHIGAN – May 8, 2020) –  The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announces the creation of the Holland-Zeeland Downtown Relief Fund. The fund was established by the…

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Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home to May 28, 2020

May 7, 2020
Michigan Chamber of the Year Winner Banner

Overview of Executive Order May 7, 2020 Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start…

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Women Inspiring Teams

May 6, 2020
Woman superhero in power pose for Women Inspiring Women article

We took a look at women leaders managing through change, and asked our Women Inspiring Women group about how they are coping with disruption and working with their teams.

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Being At Your Best on Video Calls

May 1, 2020
Zoom Tips from Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson brings with him years of experience working via video, which makes him the perfect person to give us advice on being your best on video calls.

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