The #ConnectorsWhoCare Thrive Guide - First Edition

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Welcome to the First Edition of our #ConnectorsWhoCare Thrive Guide! As the stay at home orders are lifted and businesses are beginning to open their physical locations, we are here to help you and yours thrive!

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so we thought we would share a wonderful moment of a father and son – and how inspirational this video is – for so many reasons. Don't forget to hug the special men in your life!

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Tip #1: Local Ice Cream Shops=Summer Essentials!

1) Hope’s Cookies in Rosemont is open with a safe takeout window. Between their delicious cookies and ice cream, it hits the spot every time! By the way, they ship their cookies nationwide! Yum!!!

2) A La Mode Ice Cream Parlor in Ocean City, NJ is open for takeout! They have a huge menu including tons of splits and sundaes made with their wide variety of homemade ice cream flavors. In the mood for a real treat? Try the 32oz. Superbowl Sundae!

3) The Franklin Fountain located in Old City Philadelphia is open for takeout via online ordering, and local delivery. This historic parlor has delicious ice cream and sells homemade candy from Shane’s Confectionary. View their menu and checkout their flavors! Their hydrox cookie flavor is amazing!!

Tip #2: Encourage Your Team to Learn About Race, Inequality, and Social Justice

It is more important now than ever to be educated on issues surrounding race and inequality. Coursera is offering free online college courses so that people everywhere have the resources they need to further their knowledge and appreciation of diversity in America.

Tip #3: Friends of the Firm

1) Our friend Karen Kaufman at The Kaufman Partnership Ltd. is offering a zoom session to elevate your online presence. This session will help you improve your body language, technology skills, vocal impact, and more! Check out this event here.

2) Are you a woman involved in the life-sciences industry? Join Women in Bio (WIB) Philly Metro for a Happy Hour to help kick off the MAPS (Mentorship, Advisors, Peers & Sponsorship) 2020-2021 season! During these uncertain times, it is important to stay connected and continue to support each other through common topics of career planning or transitioning, maintaining work/life balance, managing teams virtually and more. Come learn about what the MAPS groups accomplished last year and how you can get involved this year! Register here!

3) Our friends at Secure Components, a highly regarded distributor of electronic hardware, raw materials, mechanical and structural components serving the Aerospace, Defense, Medical and Commercial industries, are offering access to a reliable supply chain of high-quality PPE. They offer authentic masks that meet the highest regulatory standards: N95, KN95, and generic 3-ply, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometers, test kits, gowns, and personal employee kits (masks, hand sanitizer and hand wipes). Reach out to secure your PPE here!

Tip #4: Freebies!

1) A perfect Father’s Day activity! Valley Forge is offering free bike tour routes and guides. Stay active while exploring the beautiful and historic homes and gardens of the Main Line!

2) Although museums are closed, the Arts and Cultural Council for Bucks County has posted an online art exhibition! View the gallery, and all pieces of art are available to purchase with the proceeds going directly to the artists.

3) Tired of binge-watching Netflix? Audible Stories has a wide variety of stories available for free listening right now! Although the selection is geared towards kids, there are plenty of classics available for everyone to enjoy.

4) The top-rated CorePower Yoga is offering some free classes for on demand streaming! With their ranging class durations, you’ll be able to squeeze in a workout or meditation session no matter how busy your day is!

5) Missing a night out at the theater? Broadway has a variety of musicals available to stream like Rent, Cats, Newsies, and more! Check them out here.

Tip #5: Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses

Governor Wolf announced a statewide grant program to support small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic that caused the temporary closure of many businesses in the past few months. Businesses eligible will be able to use these funds for operating costs paid for during closure, and various resources to help with re-opening. Read the full article here.

Our #ConnectorsWhoCare Team is busy!

“On the evening of Tuesday, May 19, 2020 two local dam failures occurred in the Midland, Michigan area – flooding the region at record-high water levels, reaching a historic 35.05 feet. The unprecedented dam failure and flooding resulted in destruction and water damage unlike anything Midland has seen in 100+ years. Over 11,000 people were evacuated from the area within a few hours. Fortunately, this prevented major injuries or casualties from occurring.

Of that 11,000, the homes of approximately 15 families of one of our clients were severely impacted and need assistance. The severity of the damage to those employees will likely exceed a quarter million dollars. Our client’s colleagues, customers and suppliers in Midland have already reached out and provided support, whether it was through the donation of housing materials, gift cards, and food – the outreach has been tremendous.”

Well...Our #connectorswhocare team decided to help and we are sending Care Baskets out this week for all 15 families. We live in a great country, and we will always help others in need.

Care to join us? Let us know...we would love to have you a part of our #connectorswhocare team.

Did you Know...since we keep mentioning ice cream!

  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to produce just 1 gallon of ice cream
  • The average number of licks to finish a scoop of ice cream is 50
  • The country that consumes the most ice cream is USA, followed by Australia then Norway.
  • The most popular flavor is vanilla, then chocolate
  • Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla

Have a great week!

Your TOCGRP Team