by Bob Turney, Vice President
“I miss 2020,” said No One, ever.
Last year was likely the worst year in recorded history for small business, and everyone in our community has been feeling the pain. For your Chamber of Commerce, 2020 was a watershed year (to use a geographically relevant metaphor). As we begin 2021, your new Board of Directors is using the “opportunity” presented by COVID to take a serious look at how the Chamber can best serve our business members, our residents, and our guests.
Safety is top-of-mind, and when our region was elevated to the Purple Tier with a strong Stay-at-Home order last month, we closed the Chamber’s physical office until further notice. We also researched best practices of other gateway-to-recreation chambers to help evaluate better, more efficient solutions for responding to queries and expanding our reach to promote the tremendous benefits of our area as a perfect destination for living, working, and playing. (Here’s a hint: It’s all about digital!)
Until a firm plan is in place, your Board members will be sharing the responsibilities for responding to queries, coordinating efforts, and promoting our experience-rich area. Each of your volunteer Board members owns and operates a small business here, and as a team, we are committed to being as responsive as possible during this transition.
So, expect to see some exciting changes in how your new Chamber of Commerce fulfills our mission in 2021 and beyond. In the meantime, you can contact the Chamber any time via our website, www.Groveland.org, by sending an email to info@Groveland.org, or by interacting with us on Facebook or Instagram, and please, be patient. One of us will respond to your query as soon as we are able.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021!
Bob Turney is the owner/operator of Yosemite Adventure Supplies, an outfitter for all seasons. He can be reached at 209-962-0963 or firstname.lastname@example.org