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Message from Chamber President, Tom Comer
In the winter of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” It was intended as a rallying cry to the nation at a time when the revolution’s success seemed far from certain. I hope and pray that the stakes we are facing with this current health crisis will pale in comparison to the stakes that we were facing as a nation when those words were written. But an impending crisis it is, and we, as good neighbors, citizens and business people should join together to meet that crisis.
Social distancing, self-quarantine, reduced gatherings and the other recommendations from state and federal authorities will have serious impacts on this economy. Many of our members have been ordered to close their businesses for the duration of the crisis, however long that may be. Others will be suffering from the lack of social interaction, that will naturally suppress business. Concern for the health of ourselves, our families and our community are paramount. Yet, the business community will need all our help, now and when the crisis has passed.
We urge everyone to follow the recommendations and guidance from the state and federal health professionals. But recognizing that life continues during this time, when you find yourself in need of some service or product, I urge you to go to the Howell Chamber website and search through our directory of business members. We need to do what we can to support local businesses to help them get through these difficult times. As an example, many of our restaurant members are offering curbside pickup or home delivery. If we all stand together and help each other out, we will hopefully emerge from this epidemic with our families, community and businesses intact.
Howell Chamber President