Thank you for sharing. I’m interested to see what everyone else has to say and what they may be working on.
These are great…clear steps for what can be done currently, using the connections and resources available to you.
One suggestion I have for formulating a strategy is to consider short-term, mid-range, and long-term needs of the business community. For example, short term may include things like:
· Reaching existing and new customers through social media and website
· Adapting business operations for curbside/delivery
· Financing for immediate budget gaps; applying for federal and state funding
Mid-term may be the immediate needs of reopening and operating with new restrictions. Long term would be looking 6-12 months ahead, maybe also beyond the pandemic and moving back into “normal.” This could also include thinking about how businesses can better plan for disruptions like this and other emergencies.
It may also help to structure conversations with business owners to think in these terms—of what their needs are currently and what they might need in the future.
Andrea Simzak Levandowski (she/her/hers)
Library Consultant for Small Business Development & Technology
New Jersey State Library
P.O. Box 520
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 278-2640 x190
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