The last few months have shaken the business community to its foundation. While many are reeling from the instability in our local economy, it’s imperative that we find the opportunities in the shake-up. They’re there...if you look for them. Every change, while difficult, brings with it a chance to return smarter, stronger and better than before. Here is Director of Sales Carrie Berkbuegler with 10 tips for business owners to consider when preparing your company to return to the marketplace.
We are all in need of a little push of pandemic positivity. In the last 8-10 weeks, quarantine has brought out the best...and the worst...in each of us. We bounce back and forth from “I can do this!” to “Why me?” in a matter of minutes. As we start to poke our heads outside and cautiously step back into the marketplace, what mindset will we embrace? You can’t go back and change what’s happened...you can only move forward. Our hope is that this pandemic positivity pledge will be your start to positioning yourself to power forward.
Inside Columbia Magazine recently held an online CEO Roundtable with 38 local business owners and government leaders including City Manager John Glascock, Mayor Brian Treece and Boone County Public Health Department Director Stephanie Browning to discuss a way forward for central-Missouri's economy. It's no secret that COVID-19 has disrupted more than just our daily routines, as many business owners are left dealing with lost revenue and uncertainty on what this means for the future of their businesses and employees. In all, it was a healthy discussion with respect given to both the need to proceed with caution and the desire to get back to work. Here are a few quotes from that conversation:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. In an effort to help our small business partners gain access to this money, we’re providing the documentation here that tells you if you are eligible, what information you’ll need to prepare for your lender and how much you can borrow and whether or not your loan is eligible to be forgiven.