We just experienced an Independence Day without a fireworks show. It follows a Memorial Day without a ceremony. We’re halfway through the year and, so far, haven’t marked any occasions with our favorite festivals, parades, or concerts. It’s a real bummer.

Limiting opportunities for mass exposure to coronavirus is the right thing to do. We must get this thing in check and keep it controlled – for our families, our neighbors, our businesses, and our economy. But that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

If you’re feeling a little bummed out, I feel you. But malaise is no better for business than coronavirus. Here’s three things I’m doing to shake off the funk and shake up the week:

  1. Reconnect – you know how good it feels when an old friend calls just to check in? Be that friend to someone this week. It works with professional acquaintances too. Reach out and you may find a renewed business opportunity.
  • Go Out – shake up your weekly routine with an evening out. Grab a table at a local restaurant or get a drink on a patio. Just be sure to wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. Our local eating and drinking establishments are working hard to keep you safe… and they need your business.
  • Get Creative – the early weeks of coronavirus lockdown sent business adaptation into overdrive. Don’t lose that innovative spirit. Whether you tackle a big project or a routine process, block time on your calendar to rethink the way you do business. Now is perfect time to experiment. Look for some experimentation from your Chamber team in the coming weeks as we try new ways to safely connect local businesses.

Shake up your week and together, let’s make the second half of 2020 better than the first half!