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Galesburg Area Chamber Assisting Small Businesses with Navigating Through Phase 3

As businesses begin reopening in the State of Illinois under Phase 3, the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is helping businesses navigate one on one through these unprecedented times, says Executive Director Pam Gaither:

“This soft reopening is wonderful. It is still challenging for our businesses. There is no doubt about the hardship they have gone through up to this point and this is not a magic switch that makes it suddenly easy and everything is fine. We really want to have one on one conversations with our members and help them navigate some of these questions they have. Sometimes what we have noticed is that marketing is a big area where businesses still struggle even though they can reopen and we want to be able to provide opportunity and guidance for marketing and continue being present and top of mind with their audience,” Gaither shares.

The Galesburg Chamber has created a Business Reopening Tool Kit that outlines safety guidelines, as well as, guidance on communicating with your team.

The 14 page document can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/167Di24mbcbIncj-nG5hTWSd1nLUNE7pr/view?fbclid=IwAR3hVKZXhtr07Afz_oOpOTDAN_xwYUaYDHCN4fy6Ylk7DH3MYCzRvLSC6pk

We are eager to continue serving the business community – advocating for you and providing reliable information and resources to grow your business and the Greater Galesburg area.

Here’s our reopening plan:

✔ After 11 weeks of serving the area remotely, the Chamber team has returned to their desks in beautiful downtown Galesburg.
✔ For the safety of our team, other building occupants and the community, we are choosing to remain closed to the public for the current time.
✔ Do you have business questions? Need to chat over ideas? Brainstorm? Want to connect with other members and/or the community? Our Executive Director, Pam Gaither, is happy to mask up and swing by your location to talk to you one-on-one or we can meet virtually through Zoom.
✔ To schedule a meeting of either kind, call 309-343-1194, email chamber@galesburg.org or message us here on Facebook Messenger.
✔ All in-person chamber events have been postponed and some rescheduled for the near future. We will evaluate as we gain more guidance from the state of Illinois as we near Phase 4.
✔ All chamber committee and board meetings will continue to be held virtually.
✔ Ribbon Cuttings – let’s talk about this together. We have some ideas and are excited to share them with businesses celebrating an opening, milestone or new location! Call Pam.

HELP US HELP YOU BY COMPLETING OUR MEMBER SURVEY

We want you to know your voice is important to us. As we navigate through Phase 3 and into Phase 4, the Chamber is focused on providing streamlined resources and connecting you to what matters most to your business. Please take a couple minutes to fill out our survey so we can best serve and advocate for you. The survey is available: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJDPHZH or click the little image to the left. The survey will remain open through Friday, June 5th at noon. All responses will be confidential. We appreciate your willingness to help us understand your individual situation.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS TOOLKIT RELEASED LAST WEEK

As we advocate for a pathway to safely ease restrictions, we want you to be prepared. Click HERE to download our free 14-page Reopening Your Business Toolkit PDF. This interactive toolkit will help you navigate the new normal and ensure the safety of our region, providing guidance to safely serve your customers and accommodate your employees.

JOIN US FOR THE 2ND EPISODE OF OUR PODCAST, GROW GREATER GALESBURG ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

We’re bringing you influential stories of positivity and growth from the communities in and around Galesburg, Illinois. Our second episode will air on Wednesday, June 10th on all major podcasting platforms. To subscribe for notifications when new podcasts are available, sign up here: https://bit.ly/GrowGreaterGalesburg_Podcast.

FREE MARKETING WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY, JUNE 11 AT 10 AM

We know online marketing is what kept many of you in front of your audience through the pandemic. Now that we have shifted to Phase 3, marketing is becoming even more important than ever. We’ve invited SCORE Peoria to showcase an incredible speaker to help you navigate and make sense of online marketing. Register for this free marketing workshop here: https://bit.ly/GACC_PeoriaScore.

SMALL BUSINESS CIRCLE TO BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 15 AT 7:30 AM

This is a free virtual roundtable provided by the Chamber offering an outlet for small businesses in the Greater Galesburg area to have an open conversation to discuss ideas and work together. The first Small Business Circle is set for Monday, June 15th at 7:30 AM. Contact the Chamber to join the conversation.

We are here and ready to serve you and your business. Please contact us anytime with how we can be of assistance to you and your organization. Thank you for your continued support of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission.

Together we will get through this. Together we will #GrowGreaterGalesburg.

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