April 10, 2020
It’s been over a month since I wrote a message to you. All the focus in March was on the virus and adjusting to the news and updates. Seems like such a long time ago that we were excited by the economic growth and a bright future. Sadly, it took one uncontrolled virus to shut down our economy and change things. Some changes, for good or bad, might last forever.
I sincerely wish you and everyone will have a speedy, smooth recovery when this is done. No one knows what that will really look like for any person, business, or industry. Arizona’s two leading economists continue to say that we’ll bounce back quickly.
So say we all.
Am I hopeful and positive we’ll be okay? Absolutely! Do I have anger? You betcha, but being mad won’t do any good. I hope our Federal and State officials will learn from this world-changing event. My list for them includes bringing manufacturing and industry back to this country, better handling of the country’s finances, learning to put people before politics and political party, and the famous maxim “Trust but verify,” especially when anything involves other countries and questionable world organizations. I also hope national news media will grow up. They have given more opinion than facts during this historic episode. Some of their facts were never verified either, which is as bad as gossip.
What have you learned from the virus situation? You, me, and everyone else will take away something different from the past several months. Things I’ve learned:
Please send me an email with your “take-aways” from this learning experience. I’d very much like to learn from you.
This entire situation is new to everyone including government and health officials at every level. I want the virus to be gone, the threat obliterated, and everyone to be healthy. I also know our community has to function as close to normal as possible very soon. People build communities and it’ll be people getting things done that will make a difference. We might have to adapt, such as wearing a face covering in public.
Small businesses (500 or fewer employees) are the country’s revenue generators, employers, and tax collectors. They account for two-thirds of hiring and about fifty percent of the US economy. Business owners sponsor school clubs and teams, support civic groups and charities, and give back to the local community in all sorts of ways. Getting business up and running will do more good than expanding the national debt.
Please use the Covid-19 Resource Center, Support Local hub, and connect with each other and the Chamber on social media. Stay connected even while social distancing.
Stay safe – stay healthy – let’s make it a great day!
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
Update April 9, 2020