Landscapes Continue to Change at Lightning Speed

The federal CARES Act funding came and went – then got replenished.  The same happened with the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Currently, the U.S. Congress is looking at future economic stimulus packages and we have a unique opportunity coming up to impact future economic recovery policy. 

On Friday, May 8th at 9:30 am the NACC is hosting a virtual Congressional Town Hall. This event will provide our Members with the opportunity to hear first-hand from Congressmen Bill Foster and Sean Casten, their perspective of the CARES Act, and what other support is being discussed.  In addition, Members can share their stories of how COVID-19 has impacted their business and what urgent resources are needed.  This event will be a great dialogue opportunity with federal policymakers. For more details and to register for this complimentary event for Members, click here

We continue to see major landscape shifts as we learn to operate virtually in ways we could not have conceived only eight weeks ago. Expanded use of technology has afforded unprecedented pivoting for our local businesses. Many of our counseling agencies are offering for the first time, on-line therapy sessions. Home improvement companies such as contractors and painters – are able to provide virtual platforms for estimates instead of entering personal residences. Educational institutions have quickly expanded their e-learning offerings at unprecedented rates.  As our Members have witnessed – the NACC has shifted all programs to virtual in order to meet our Members needs in this new environment. 

With expanded technology use comes greater concerns around data privacy.  One upcoming NACC virtual program is Data Privacy 101: What It Means for My Business on Thursday, May 14th at 3:00 pm. Jordan Crenshaw, the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center will present on topics including how data privacy issues can impact your business (think data collection for loyalty programs), best practices to equip your business against data privacy liability and initiatives to create a cohesive data privacy policy. For more information and to register, Click here.

Amid all these shifting landscapes, the NACC continues to be your resource and advocate to keep your business thriving.  WE hope that you will continue to enjoy this exciting ride with us.

I am always available to hear any concerns you have and to discuss ways we can support you.

Reba Osborne, Director of Government Affairs

(630) 544-3387

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