What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been for families, schools, community leaders and local businesses. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve on a daily basis, we are all having to learn how to adjust in a new and unfamiliar situation.
We are in uncharted waters, which is requiring a level of flexibility and adaptation like never before. Some of you are still open for business, but experiencing a decline in the demand for your services, some of you have had to temporarily close your doors. And some of you, like me, have had to completely reinvent your business in order to keep it alive. Many of you are now homeschooling your children and balancing working from home. We have a new-found appreciation for those who have done it all the way along!
The current situation has revealed how truly interdependent we all are. I have always been impressed by the unique sense of community that exists in Santee. It is a special place. It will take all of us working together and supporting one another to bounce back once we’re cleared to return to “business as usual”. With this thought in mind, the Santee Chamber has created a closed facebook group for its current members to interact, share important information, and lift each other up. We invite you to join the group here. Together, we will weather this storm!
It has been said that “necessity is the mother of invention”. In other words, when the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of achieving it. I have had to do this with my business, Expressions Dance & Movement Center. In the space of just a few days we moved all of our classes online. Our new virtual learning platform offers a variety of recorded and live stream classes (via Zoom) PLUS a ton of amazing bonus material to keep kids happy, healthy and safe while we wait for things to bounce back in our community. I know my friend, Tim Staump of Staump Music School, has done the same. My son still loves his weekly drum lesson!
The response from parents so far has mostly been that of gratitude for the break in the monotony of being isolated at home and the kids have been thrilled to see their teachers again. Kids NEED normalcy and access to the things that bring them JOY and a sense of SECURITY now more than ever. They need to be active, engage their minds and connect with their classmates and teammates. We are committed to making that possible! We will operate our virtual classrooms until we are given the all clear to resume in-studio classes.
What changes have you had to make in order to keep your business viable? Are there new “inventions” that have come out of this necessity that will be a benefit to you and your business even after this crisis has passed? I would love to hear your story in our Santee Chamber Active Member Facebook group. Maybe your idea will help another local business owner who is struggling to find their way. While much about the future remains unclear, there is one thing I know for certain- we are stronger together. Take care my friends, no storm ever lasted forever!