Walker County Chamber of Commerce supporting enterprises adapt to ‘new normal’

As cases of COVID-19 continue to dwindle, the Walker County Chamber of Commerce is resuming in-human being One Walker meetings and supporting the area business community in its “new typical.”

The 1 Walker conferences, started around a 10 years in the past, are intended to help residents get to know more precise facts about and network with all those from other metropolitan areas and locations inside the county.

“We all lived in the identical community and we interacted but we truly didn’t have a thorough knowledge of just about every municipality and the one of a kind problems and how they’re structured,” mentioned Chamber President Lacey Wilson, regarding the impetus for Just one Walker. “I believe it’s vital for group leaders in Rossville and Chickamauga and Rock Spring to be ready to go to LaFayette and discover more about their spot.

“A growing tide raises all ships. So if LaFayette is accomplishing properly, which is superior for Chickamauga if Chickamauga is undertaking very well, it really is good for Rock Spring — just bringing much more folks to Walker County and highlighting the firms and alternatives that are below.”

But when COVID-19 strike, the in-man or woman conferences were set on hold. As men and women are now regaining some perception of normalcy, the meetings will be held in June, August, September and October, every that includes a distinct city inside the county.

“I needed to be aware of our buyer base and what they were working with,” Wilson mentioned of the conclusion to place the meetings on hold. “But now that issues are on the upswing, we feel greater about it. We have experienced a good deal of persons asking, ‘Hey, you know, I want to get back again to facial area-to-face networking.’ We want to allow them that possibility and to afford them the chance to hook up with other enterprises as a result of the Chamber.”

One Walker program

June 29: A person Walker LaFayette

* At LaFayette Golf System Banquet Space. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., software commences at noon. Sign-up at tinyurl.com/OneWalkerLaF21.

Aug. 31: One particular Walker Lookout Mountain

Sept. 28: A person Walker Chickamauga

Oct. 26: A single Walker Rossville

Even although they did not meet in extremely huge teams around the very last year, the Chamber sought to nevertheless offer aid throughout the worst of the pandemic, she claimed. The nonprofit even opened up a new workplace with a shared workspace for place enterprises, following getting found at the regional civic heart for the previous 30 a long time.

That guidance will go on and grow even as COVID-19 circumstances decline, mentioned Wilson. Just after a yr of pressured closures and stagnant gross sales, a lot of Chamber members are now experiencing a absence of personnel.

“It truly is almost like our modest firms have had variety of a double whammy,” she explained.

But she is optimistic about the summertime as the state updates its unemployment insurance policies and extra students will be dwelling and trying to find work.

The Chamber is also established to resume its leadership system, which presents associates a glimpse into the interior workings of regional federal government, nonprofits and the wellness treatment method.

“We’re seriously thrilled just to get back again to some perception of normalcy with that software since it is likely one particular of the strongest issues that we do here. [We] put people by means of this management method so that they can have a far better knowing of their community as they are attempting to improve their networks,” Wilson stated.

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