Friday, March 20, 2020

Contact: Cindy Hubbell, President/CEO
Irish Hills Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dear Chamber Members:

Ours is a changing world.

With the news of COVID-19, the coronavirus, changing moment by moment, it’s hard to keep up. The NBA and Broadway have gone dark. Students across America are coming home from college, their semesters at school over or broadcast online.

Here in the Irish Hills, life is changing, too. Meetings and events have been cancelled, businesses have ramped up cleaning procedures, our restaurants are take-out only, kids are staying home and all of us are taking precautions where we can.

Here at the Irish Hills Regional Chamber of Commerce, we’re making some of those changes, too, but our mission remains the same: serving our local businesses and the community.

We can’t panic, but we can prepare. And we can begin taking some commonsense steps toward keeping the community, and our employees, safer. At this time:

  • We are cancelling and postponing all meetings and events until April 10, anything after that is tentative.

  • We will keep updating our community via social media and emails.

Local businesses can be of great help to us at times like this. Restaurants and other eateries offer hot, nourishing meals and many have take-out options. Banks can assist with special loan funds. Stores selling food, medical supplies and other necessities are nearby and easily accessible.

I could go on, but know that helping to support local businesses, while always important, is crucial at a time like this. These same businesses are the ones supporting our kids’ fundraisers, the ones where we gather with friends, where the workers know our names. We need them to be around not only next week or next month, but for years to come. Let’s support them, where we are able, to get them through this time.

If you want to support a local business, but maybe belong to an at-risk part of the population, you can purchase a gift certificate now to be used later. Steps like that will enable local businesses to keep paying their staffs – your friends and family members – and keep businesses viable in our community.

I’m sure we’ll be sharing more information in the days and weeks ahead.  Your chamber staff will be available by phone or email. Let us know how we can help. We would like you to keep us updated as to your plans during this time.

Below are some resources we have gathered. 

Stay calm. Stay informed. Support your neighbors.

And let’s all look forward to better times ahead.


Cindy Hubbell, President/CEO
Irish Hills Regional Chamber of Commerce
O: 517-592-8907, C: 517-795-0368

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