Chamber Announcement – COVID 19
As I am sure you are aware, the President has declared a national emergency. In addition, the CDC is recommending an 8-week period of “Social Distancing.’ Now is not the time to disregard such requests as we face a lot of uncertainty with this virus. As the CEO of the Chamber, I have a duty to our staff, our members, our community and our nation to do want I can to avoid unnecessary risk.
Keeping this in mind, we feel we must cancel all chamber events through May 8th and all chamber meetings through April 10th. Working with our partners at the City of Fort Pierce, we have decided to close the Seven Gables House through April 3rd. Staff will continue to be in the administrative office Monday through Friday but with limited hours.
TEMPORARY CHAMBER HOURS
Monday 9:00 AM to Noon
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to Noon
Remember vigilance not panic is called for in this situation. We can’t wait to see you all for our Golf Tournament now being held May 22nd!
Individual seeking resources? Click here: https://211palmbeach.org/emergency-stlucie
Business seeking resources? Click here: https://youredc.com/grow_your_business/wr
Terissa Aronson, Presents/CEO
Suggestions for Members
We at the Chamber are always thinking of our member businesses. We are currently working with our partners to pull together resources in this difficult time.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions for all types of businesses.
- Offer incentives to purchase your goods or services now, for use later.
- Keep up your social media presence.
- Live stream and feature your workers.
- Post your cleanliness plan so all potential customers know you’re diligent.
If there is anything the Chamber can do to help, please don’t hesitate to email info@StLucieChamber.org, or call us at 772-595-9999.
Terissa C. Aronson, President/CEO
COLLABORATION URGES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND NON PROFITS
In an effort to support locally owned businesses and non-profit organizations working in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, two groups have come together to issue a challenge to residents.
The Children Services Council of St. Lucie County along with the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce have established a Small Business Challenge Program to help incentivize the use of locally owned St. Lucie County businesses, while also supporting local non-profit providers. The program is kicking off this Friday, April 3rd at Texas Roadhouse – Port St. Lucie with proceeds benefiting Families of the Treasure Coast.
The program works like this: the participating business, nominated by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce will be paired with a non-profit, funded by the Children’s Services Council, as a partner. On the selected day, the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County will donate an amount equal to the selected business’ revenue (up to $1,000) to their non-profit “partner”.
The brainchild of Children’s Services Council’s Executive Director, Sean Boyle, the challenge program has already received great support on social media. “Being in a position to support two industries that are being heavily impacted right now sounded like a win-win,” said Boyle. “It may be something small, but when we all come together, it can make a big impact.”
Chamber CEO, Terissa Aronson agrees. “Feeling so helpless in these difficult times, it is our honor to do anything we can to help local business. A big thank you to our Children’s Services Council for thinking of it and inviting us to be a part of it.”
Information about upcoming challenge days will be shared on the Children’s Services Council’s and St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce websites and social media pages. Visit www.cscslc.org for more information.
The Unified Chamber of St. Lucie County is an organization of business owners working together to help grow their business through advocacy, education and exposure.