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Salons Adapt Procedures to Reopen Safely

Among the small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic shutdown, local salons and spas are anxious to open their doors and welcome back customers as Illinois enters Phase 3.  Preparing for that event requires revamping many of the traditional elements of their operations, from the number of appointments they can manage to the setup of their waiting areas. Read more

Business Community Stands Up to Help

The pandemic and stay-at-home orders have had a devastating impact on a wide variety of groups and institutions in our community.  Fortunately, Chamber members have actively looked for ways to help each other and the community at large. Read more

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May — with Evolving Rules

Some Businesses, Recreational Opportunities Allowed More Flexibility
Governor J.B. Pritzker has published an extended shelter-in-place order effective on May 1, with a variety of adaptations impacting local businesses and residents.  Although restrictions on social distancing continue and a new statewide face mask requirement is introduced, the order will open the door for limited medical, retail, and recreational options.  Read the full text of the order here. Read more

Chamber Pursues New Strategies to Benefit Members and Community

A letter from Chamber President Tensley Garris

Like all of you, the Chamber has had to adapt rapidly to the unprecedented conditions of the last several weeks.  Our team has transitioned to working remotely, where we’ve ramped up our efforts to provide timely, vital information to members by phone, email and social media. Read more

April Business Briefs

Artists of the Industry offers Virtual and Augmented reality platforms as well as digital immersive broadcast solutions, with the ability to live stream events in real time or rebroadcasts through streaming platforms and social media. Read more