From the desk of the Executive Director
On the other side of all this, it has been a roller coaster of events for business owners these past few months where ordinances were put into place within local communities shutting down bars, restaurants, casinos and other “non-essential” businesses completely to just recently reopening in some areas of the state to 50% capacity or less. Although we know how important it is to do our part in protecting everyone from the virus, it doesn’t pay the bills.
It is through these difficult times that it is more important than ever to support our local businesses in whatever capacity that we can within our communities. The tourist season is upon us and with the new guidelines that have been put into place for businesses to re-open, it brings on a whole array of new challenges for them as they reconfigure their businesses and staff to protect their customers and at the same time to conduct daily operations during the time of year that can bring hundreds of thousands of people into the area from all over the United States. Only time will tell on how things will develop across the state in these next few months. We encourage business owners to reach out to one another to share any ideas that may have been implemented within their organizations that could help you all in surviving these unprecedented times.
There are a lot of resources out there to help businesses on a local, state and federal level. We, as an association, are here as another resource to help you during these difficult times. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office for assistance. You can reach us at #800-721-1789 or (605) 343-1844.
We stand with you and wish you and your families well as we move forward in the coming months ahead.
Cathy Berg, Executive Director