The Ultimate COVID-19 #ConnectorsWhoCare Survival Kit - Ninth Edition

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To all of our High School and College Seniors, and families with a graduating student - Congratulations to the class of 2020! It has not been easy on anyone, especially during a time that should be happy and merry. You will get through this stronger, more resilient, and more determined than ever. As Henry Ward Beecher quoted “Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments”. So, watch out world... this class is going to make things happen! Best of luck Class of 2020!


Tip #1: Support Local Businesses!

As supermarkets are experiencing shortages and long lines, Teikoku in Newtown Square is offering special family meal packages available to their guests for pick up! Call them at 610.644.8270 to place an order and arrange roadside pickup! (Free delivery if you order through them directly coming soon!) The food is FANTASTIC!

As the Jersey Shore is starting to reopen, we will be helping to support our favorite businesses shoreside! Beachwood in Sea Isle City, NJ has a wonderful Spring Take Out Menu ready for you to try or order 24 hours in advance for special family style take out! They are timely, clean, and the food is SO GOOD!

So, where can you order a delicious Reuben? Zingerman’s! They have Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich Kits...order some today – they ship, you make and enjoy!


Tip #2: Strategic Planning for a Successful Comeback Webinar - PART 2!

Are you preparing for your business to reopen and regain customers? Based on the positive feedback from our first webinar on Strategic Planning for a Successful Comeback, we are diving deeper into building plans for turning the current downtown into a business opportunity! Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20th) at 2:00 PM ET for Part 2! Register here and catch up on Part 1 here!


Tip #3: Friends of the Firm

Our friend, Molly Watson, Founder of Evolution Engine, is offering a free one- hour consultation to discuss strategies and solutions to maintain the financial and cultural health of your company during this time of constant uncertainty. Evolution Engine is driven by a growth-oriented mindset with a unique depth of c-level expertise to help you optimize what is working, design strategies to fill in the gaps, and fuel your business growth. Email Molly at mwatson@evolutionengineadvisors.com.

Our friend, Erin Owen who is based in Philadelphia, is a veteran executive coach, and has consulted with and coached over 1,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and private individuals from more than 15 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. You can reach Erin at 215-771-8968 or email her at erin@erinowen.com.

The warm weather is coming, and it is time to buy a Lasko FAN!! Did you know you can buy a fan that’s Made in the USA from one of our local companies – Lasko?! During this pandemic, they have stayed open, worked super hard and were able to make sure everyone kept their job during a very trying time. Great job Lasko! Help support American made products!


Tip #4: COVID-19 COBRA Update

The U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Treasury have jointly issued a final rule extending certain COBRA continuation coverage timeframes to assist Americans during this time. Ameriflex has provided a great summary and learn more from the DOL here!


Tip #5: CDC's Guidance Documents

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been continuously producing guidance documents for managing COVID-19. In particular, their guides for business and workplaces to plan, prepare and respond are full of tools for communication, decision making, prevention and more! Check out their latest guidelines here!


Tip #6: Develop Engaging Webinars Master Class

IRIS Creative is hosting a live webinar to teach OTHERS how to develop an engaging webinar on Thursday, May 28th from 2:00-3:15 PM. In the session you'll learn how to choose topics that interest your audience, skills for leading and moderating, how to develop program slides and more! Given the nature of workplace, this is class that I think we could all use! Register here.


Tip #7: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention COVID-19 Resources

We are amid an unprecedented public health crisis, yet we also have an extraordinary opportunity to come together within our families and our communities to improve the understanding of mental health. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has done an outstanding job providing resources and tools during the crisis and continue to spread positive messages of hope, compassion, mental health care and suicide prevention. Get your tools here!


Tip #8: The Search for PPE Continues!

We have found three more local places that provide PPE...

Arnolds Office Furniture has pivoted! They are now selling PPE and are here to help. So if you still need supplies, please reach out to them...they are located in Bridgeport, PA!

Mobile Outfitters has done it again! They are selling the world’s only cleaner powered by Silver and Copper nanoparticles designed for Mobile Devices! It is amazing and works so well! Take a look!

Another great #GS10KSB alumni, Sleeptronic, also pivoted and has supplies ready for your team – click here for more information!


Ask HR Office Hours

Join us every Thursday afternoon for Ask HR Office Hours! Our experts and Tina Reger will be hosting a live Q&A to help answer all of your HR questions.

Use our Zoom Link to register!

Next session: Thursday, May 21 from 3-4 PM EST


Did you Know...

Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900's it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It was not until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day. Happy Memorial Day to all those who have sacrificed their lives for us to have the Freedom we have today. We can never take Freedom for granted – ever.



Have a safe holiday weekend!

Your TOCGRP Team