By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
Are you okay? How are you doing? How can we help? Three simple questions that Great Bend Chamber Director Megan Barfield says the Chamber staff is asking all their members during these unprecedented times.
Starting this week, the Chamber is making phone calls to all 560 Chamber members to simply check in to see how their business is handling the shutdowns and restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic.
Barfield noted there is no doubt businesses are seeing less traffic.
"Our hospitality industry has noticed the immediate hit," said Barfield. "That is hotels, restaurants, bars and events centers."
Barfield encouraged residents to keep interacting with businesses via social media, purchase gift cards, make purchases and pick them up later, or buy a Chamber gift certificate to ensure local dollars are spent later.
Because of the isolation, closures and restrictions, Barfield noted businesses are getting more creative and expanding their services.
"If there is one good thing that can come out of this, I think it is people digging deep, their ingenuity and creativity," said Barfield. "Businesses are expanding in ways they would not have before."
For businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19, please visit greatbend.org to view resources and information from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, Kansas Department of Commerce, restaurant hours and delivery options, and additional tips for businesses.
"Let's explore some of those different avenues that are out there," Barfield added.