Over the course of the last week, local businesses have been thrown into this unprecedented crisis. What we thought of weeks ago as best-business practices no longer apply. As we try to adjust our everyday operations in light of current events, we must ask ourselves how do we stay nimble and innovative so that we can best support our local businesses during this chaotic time. 

With the recent “shelter in place” directive, we need to come together as a community and support one another. Our health and government officials are actively working together to ensure the health, safety, and security of our nation. With this being said, we are continuing to watch all of our funding partners, including the SBA, for updates to support businesses that have been impacted.

If you're looking to stay on top of business information and resources as they come available, follow the COVID 19 Resource page at the Northcoast Small Business Development Center. If you have questions that are not about the event, that is not specific to an AEDC loan, the COVID Business Information line is 707-268-2527. The line is for business owners/managers/employees who are looking for business related resources and/or support services related to the COVID 19 Crisis.

We have reached out to all of our clients and have not been surprised to find that you are struggling due to recent events. If we're not currently working with you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we can get you the help needed. While our offices won't be staffed, people will be working from home to make sure we stay on top of your needs.

And, while business is anything but usual right now, we do have some non-COVID 19 related news, including a new office manager. Welcome to Brandi! We're also continuing to move forward with Lemonade Day. Whether or not the event actually happens in June, families can participate with fun and educational activities while everybody is home together.

-- Ross