Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, every industry has pivoted and innovated to provide services, of some kind, to customers and the community and the Chamber is no exception.

Under the leadership of Governor Ducey, with input from public health officials, businesses have been allowed to operate like never before. We’ve seen restaurants selling grocery goods and spirits to-go, food trucks are supporting deliveries by staying open at state rest stops, and public notaries have the authorization to notarize documents online.  This on the spot innovation has provided a lifeline for many businesses, but while helpful, these actions will not keep businesses open long-term.

Last week, Governor Ducey extended the stay-at-home order with modifications and indicated that leaders are evaluating a phased-in approach to safely reopening our economy.

With that news, it’s time to start planning for Arizona’s comeback.

We’ve heard from our member businesses and local leaders—we know that everyone is eager to return to business as normal.

In my conversations with lawmakers and business leaders, it’s clear that getting back to business in a way that protects public safety is a top priority for Arizona’s leaders.

Looking forward to the coming weeks and months, we all know that returning to work will take time and patience. We must work together, and with our leaders, to develop and execute a phased-in approach that will eventually get all businesses back to their normal.

I look forward to returning to our offices, our favorite lunch spots, and being together and rebuilding a strong economy.

While specific state guidelines for reopening are still being determined, I know that that there will be tangible metrics to guide each industry in opening in a manner that safeguards public health. As this plan is developed, the Chamber will be working with state leaders and agencies to ensure that each business is informed and equipped to reopen safely.

In an effort to do our part to support businesses at this critical time, the Chamber launched a COVID-19 Resource portal and hosted webinars focused on helping business owners and leaders understand key pieces of information including—what resources are available to them at this time and how to apply for those resources,  what Arizona’s economic future looks like, how to best leverage this down-time to prepare for the economic recovery, and updates from local leaders.

We are also working with the Arizona Chamber Executives as a part of the #BacktoBusinessAZ campaign. This campaign will focus on promoting businesses and fostering economic prosperity through a grassroots email and social media campaign to be executed by local chambers of commerce.

Getting back to business won’t be swift or easy. It will be slow and methodical. It will present challenges we can’t possibly foresee or predict. As your Chamber, our team will be there to support your business every step of the way.

We are Arizona strong, and we will rise again, stronger than ever.

Posted by Danny Imes