Happy Monday, friends! After taking some time away from the media the last two days, we are back with an update on some key resources and events that have come up this past weekend.
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has released their COVID-19 community updates + public health resources.
By following the link above, you can also register for or view their previously recorded “Live Calls with Local Experts.”
America’s Small Business Development Center has released their COVID -19 Small Business Resources here.
Co.Starters has launched their ‘Straight Talk With Starters’ that begins this week.
There will be three, industry-specific sessions:
Restaurants + Retail (Tuesday, 3/24/20 @ 2pm EDT)
Makers + Service Providers (Wednesday, 3/25/20 @ 2pm EDT)
Lifestyle + Consultants (Thursday, 3/26/20 @ 2pm EDT)
Registration can be completed here.
Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order Mandating Alternative Business Models for Restaurants and Gyms, Lifts Alcohol Regulations
“Executive Order 17 prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and also enacts the following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:
Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.
Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and up.”
Restaurant Workers Crisis Relief Fund released an update after their first week. The highlights include:
“BY THE NUMBERS (as of Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST)
Total individual donations raised through our website: $162,502.82
Number of individual donations: 1,432
Percentage of individual donations $50 or less: 60%
Corporate and Foundation Commitments to the Fund: $750,000
(plus discussions for hundreds of thousands more)
Emails to RWCF from workers seeking help: Over 10,000”
To assist in scaling their operations, they are looking for some assistance in these areas: accounting, legal (specifically immigration and employment), auditors, and translation services (with the exception of Spanish, Korean, and Standard Chinese, as these are already filled).
If you are able to help in any way, or if you have additional information for the restaurant industry, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Coakley, owner of Ready Set Sew in East Ridge has begun making “masks for local doctors and nurses to use when the need arises in the Chattanooga area.”
The Willow Street Deli (Your Local Seitanist) has been operating a free community pantry to assist the low income families in the community it serves. You can donate here to assist their efforts.
ServiceIndustry.Tips has TAKEN OFF - reaching 2 MILLION people and scaling 29 states. It has also garnered national attention and the stories of major brands and celebrities.