COVID-19 blind-sided the world and rattled the business community to its core. But every story has its hero, and in this story, Greater Grays Harbor is fighting tirelessly to make sure the right and most helpful information is disseminated to the Grays Harbor County business community to ensure our local businesses stay afloat and weather this storm effectively.
In doing so, they have compiled a list of COVID-19 business resources including, but not limited to, webinars, information on the CARES act, and various loans business owners can apply for to receive funding to help pay their employees and keep their business afloat.
“Out of all the resources out there, Greater Grays Harbor has been able to sort through all the mass amount of information and provide us the direct information and resources we need to be able to stay alive through this whole thing,” says Chris Tiffany, with Cranberry Road Winery, of his experience working with Greater Grays Harbor, and specifically, Dru Garson, CEO, and Grant Jones, director of business development. “Because of their help, we knew where to go to apply for the SBA Loan, which is going to provide us with the funds to be able to keep our employees paid and keep our business afloat.”
Business owners face enough stress, as it is, and when something such as the current pandemic hits, one can feel overwhelmingly isolated, focusing inwardly on trying to find ways to stay afloat. Greater Grays Harbor wants the community to know they are not alone. “They have gone above and beyond to where I have gotten return phone calls, all hours of the day and evening, from Grant and Dru,” Tiffany adds.
“People should be hopeful,” say Garson. “The entire country and world is in the same boat and we are all here working to help our community weather the storm. We are participating in many different opportunities to learn about the resources that are available and working to get that in the hands of the business community here in Grays Harbor County.”
Instead of trying to handle this crisis in a vacuum, one of the best strategies business owners can take right now is to lean on outside resources to find the information and support they need to make it through this.
In addition to Greater Grays Harbor and their support team, Jones explained that the Small Business Development Center is another great resource: “They have counselors located in many communities and they are a fantastic resource for some creative ways to be able to continue business operations.”
Greater Grays Harbor is here for the business community and can be reached directly via the Greater Grays Harbor website.
As for an exciting upcoming webinar, here are the details:
Build, Engage, Monetize: How Social Media Can Boost Your Business, Despite COVID-19
Hosted by Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.
Presentation by Chelsea Royer, Owner of Juniper Tree Photography and Brass Hub Coffee Bar in Cosmopolis.
Thursday, April 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Register on the Greater Grays Harbor website