Chamber Corner 5/27/2020

by Donna Claar

Chamber update

As the novel coronavirus impacts our world, all of us are left to navigate a new, hopefully temporary, normal. Local businesses have the additional burden of adjusting through the Executive Orders, Stay Home Orders, mandatory closures and changing restrictions to continue to provide and survive. We now find ourselves traversing through the phases of Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan. Many business owners are left scrambling to best navigate how to move forward following new guidelines as it uniquely impacts their businesses.p>

The chamber has moved to Zoom meetings to conduct regularly scheduled chamber meetings. At the May meeting, the usual agenda was dispensed with as members shared how they were adjusting to new workplace guidelines.

Guest speaker Cayden Sparks, Executive Director of the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce, shared the following links for businesses to get information and help relating to the COVID19 crisis:

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Assistance Page:

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Assistance Page:

https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/

Michigan Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Assistance Page:

https://www.michamber.com/coronavirus-toolkit

United States Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Assistance Page:

https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

Branch County Community Foundation Grant Application Page:

https://www.brcofoundation.org/covid19response.html#/

Due to COVID19 social distancing concerns, the City Wide Sales for Union City scheduled for Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7 has been cancelled.

Also cancelled is the summer concert series, “UC River Jams”. It is hoped that summer 2021 will see these events return.

There will be no chamber sponsored Farmers Market for 2020. When chamber member Antique Salvage located on M60 can safely reopen, they offer free vendor spots the first Sunday of every month for those interested.

The fourth annual Farm to Fork Potluck Dinner is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 26 in downtown Union City. The decision to proceed with this event will be made in August. Farm to Fork is an opportunity to dine right through the downtown with family, friends and neighbors while meeting area farmers and enjoying locally sourced foods.

Following Farm to Fork, the Farm to Fame concert with local musician Dani Jamerson at the Rick Mears Amphitheater in Heritage Cultural Park, is also tentatively scheduled with final decision to proceed being made in August.
Watch the Hometown Gazette and Union City Chamber social media sites for information to be updated as these events approach.