The Lansing Chamber is Here for You
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce understands the insurmountable stress that our business community is currently under as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Navigating through an unknown landscape, researching and applying for loans, and unexpected disruption to our daily lives has undoubtedly created a unique set of circumstances that challenges us all.
The chamber is here for you today and as we move forward. Below are initiatives and activities the chamber team has worked on to continue to relentlessly help our members connect, grow and thrive during this unprecedented time.
Staff has put together a COVID-19 resource page on our website that is updated around the clock and provides valuable resources and information for businesses and organizations, including:
- Important state and federal updates
- Open-for-business section
- Business partner resources
- Business continuity resources
- Best practices
- Health resources
Chamber staff has been using surveys to assess COVID-19’s impact on the Greater Lansing region. This feedback from members and the local business community has been extremely helpful in how we are communicating with them as well as advocating on their behalf with state and federal officials. It has also assisted staff in providing valuable content for our newly created webinar series.
Since several of our events have been postponed and rescheduled, our events team transitioned and established the chamber’s webinar series. These webinars are focused on providing important content and information for our members to utilize for their businesses or organizations. The chamber has offered the following webinars to date:
- Coronavirus and Employers/Employees: New Environment Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or the “CARES Act”
- Continuity of Business — Key Steps to Sustaining Your Business Through a Pandemic/Crisis
- COVID-19 and Health Care Coverage
- Cybersecurity and Data Protection Plan
- Stay Local. Stay Connected.
- Maximize the PPP Loan
The chamber serves as the voice of business on important issues and policies that impact the business community. Our advocacy team has taken the following action to date:
Advocating for federal relief programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Virtual roundtables/tele-town hall meetings with Michigan U.S. Reps. John Moolenaar, Elissa Slotkin and Tim Walberg addressing the concerns from businesses and organizations.
Continuing to hold our monthly virtual business roundtables. These roundtables consist of chamber business members as well as public officials from every level of government, including school districts.
- Delta Township-Eaton County
- East Lansing-Meridian Township
Established the Lansing Regional Partners, which includes 27 area regional business organizations and key stakeholders that meet weekly to coordinate strategies surrounding COVID-19.
The chamber launched the #ShareTheGood campaign, which highlights local businesses that are working together to assist other businesses and organizations in our community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Plan Your Week
With the COVID-related closures happening throughout our region, state and country, businesses have taken to the digital world to connect with their clients and promote their valuable services. The chamber launched the “Plan Your Week” communication. This communication is sent out Sunday evenings and helps businesses plan their week of engagements by promoting the upcoming week’s webinars, virtual networking opportunities, business resources and more.
Please know the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is here for you, and we’re here to support our business community to make sure we emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. As we continue during the difficult days and weeks ahead, feel free to reach out to our organization for guidance and support. Now, more than ever, we must stick together.