Typically the perfect new concepts come when they’re wanted most. All through the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter in place laws, almost each enterprise has needed to change how they provide their providers to clients, shoppers, and companions. New norms require artistic pondering and a willingness to step outdoors of our consolation zones. Right here on the Chamber, we’ve launched a spread of new programming to deal with all features of the pandemic and its impact on our native enterprise neighborhood. Our digital choices to members proceed to broaden and that features our outreach to younger professionals by means of our Entry Tallahassee program.

Entry Tallahassee exists for younger professionals to find out about our neighborhood by means of participation within the Chamber of Commerce. With a rising membership and over a decade of efficiently nurturing careers, Entry has turn into a vital half of our neighborhood-broad expertise retention efforts. Even with social distancing protocols in place, it stays an essential half of our work. In the course of the pandemic, Entry has been an awesome supply for the following technology of Tallahassee enterprise leaders to remain knowledgeable and linked. A lot of that has been taking place by means of our digital platforms.

One of essentially the most fascinating new shops that our group has produced in current weeks has been a weekly on-line morning present  referred to as “First Cup.” Hosted by our very personal Katie Harwood, First Cup is an element of our expanded Entry Tallahassee programming. Every Friday at 8:30 am Katie is joined by an up-and-coming neighborhood chief for a reside dialogue about their profession, why they love our Tallahassee, and the way they are adapting by means of the challenges of this second. The First Cup present has been a hit with our Entry members in addition to others who’ve been attending nearly.

First Cup is a good instance of how the Chamber has pivoted to create extra digital enterprise content material whereas all of us are working by means of the challenges of COVID-19. When Katie got here up with the concept for a espresso and dialog kind present, there have been some logistical hurdles to conquer, however what our group has confirmed is that something is feasible after we all brainstorm on options. Chamber members can anticipate to see extra of this artistic programming within the weeks and months to come back. If you’re thinking about catching this week’s First Cup that includes Lindsey Magura, Vice President of Growth for North American Properties be sure you register so you possibly can be part of the present and study extra about their Cascades Park blended-use growth.

Digital gatherings additionally enable us the flexibleness to usher in skilled audio system from outdoors our market. Simply this week, Katie has secured an incredible speaker for our subsequent Entry Energy Lunch. On Could 21, Entry members and different company can take part in a digital occasion that includes Kacie Lett Gordon, Senior Vice President for Technique at Three 5 Two – an Atlanta primarily based innovation and development agency. She can be talking about how corporations and people can discover their subsequent massive thought and the way to seize the alternatives of our occasions. Be sure you bookmark this occasion for your self or any younger professionals in your group.

Along with digital occasions and different gatherings, our Entry Program has been an awesome place to develop different consumer-generated content material together with member blogs. This week, Hannah Crow, Group Relations Specialist for First Florida Credit score Union and member of the Entry Advisory Council, submitted a chunk for AccessTallahassee.com that includes a listing of podcasts and books she’s been studying to assist reset for the restarting of our economic system. If you happen to or a younger skilled at your organization wish to submit a weblog, please be happy to achieve out to Katie along with your concepts. She’d even be comfortable that will help you or somebody you realize turn into an Entry member.

Though the world has hit the pause button on our regular manner of life, we nonetheless have a powerful want to attach with one another. On this time, a new existence for enterprise is rising. Expertise and comfort are driving new modern pondering and the time to evolve is now. Our Chamber group has tried to create an inner surroundings the place that kind of pondering can flourish. We imagine that is working fairly effectively and what Katie Harwood is doing for our Entry Program is proof of that. When one group member helps to ship a few wins for our group, it motivates us all to excel in how we drive worth to our members. We are motivated by this mantra – adapting as we go.

Jay Revell
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Coverage


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