Message from the President:
Navigating the Road Ahead
We have learned a lot about ourselves, our resilience, and our ability to adapt during the COVID pandemic. What we have learned will shape our future, and pave the road forward.
These lessons have often been discussed during our weekly Virtual Coffee Breaks.
In many ways we have seen members go through the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – as they have processed the before, during and after COVID scenarios. In our early sessions, many members felt hopeless, like they were sinking. BACC acted as the lifeboat, bringing our members and the business community over the waves to the shore. As we connected and worked together, we found comfort in working with others, comfort in staying informed and educated, and clarity in the fact that we must be open to change…
BACC and neighboring chambers have created a “Back to Business Tool Kit” to offer basic checklists, visuals and ideas for preparing to reopen. This will be an evolving document as we receive new information. Please frequently check with the Illinois Dept. of Health and your local health department for specifics.