From the desk of the Executive Director
Spring is upon us, and we have survived another winter, at least weather wise. We now are experiencing a much larger challenge and trying to navigate through unfamiliar territory and unchartered waters with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Throughout the entire country there is a very real and intense effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The leaders of our country and the many leaders across the State of South Dakota have worked countless hours and have had to make a lot of hard decisions these past 6 weeks in order to ensure that every decision that is made is one with a focus on the health of the people and welfare of your businesses, staff, and communities. As responsible leaders in your businesses and in the industry, we need to continue to take appropriate steps to ensure we are doing everything possible to make that happen.
There are certain areas of the state where they have already closed down non-essential businesses through ordinances/resolutions voted upon by the council which include: bars, restaurants, casinos, etc. which has been very devastating and has impacted their business, livelihoods, staff, and families greatly. We understand the real and delicate balance in this very crucial time for all involved for both the health of the people in our communities and the well-being of our business communities in staying afloat so that when this is all over, they can proceed forward into the future.
Everyone is being overloaded with lots of information on the virus, the status of the virus as it moves through the country, the state, communities, etc. There has been a lot of information online with ways to cope with this situation and many resources of information to get some financial backing and stay balanced as we wait for the virus to flatten the curve and move downward so that the closures can be lifted and people can go about their daily lives. If you are in need of any information of these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact our office (800-721-1789) so that we can assist you in any way that we can or call your local officials for any information they may have to help you during this difficult time.
Be safe and stay well.
Cathy Berg, Executive Director