Last month in the Chamber Corner I shared that "in uncertain times it's said you can have two reactions, hope or fear. Your chamber is choosing another path, adapt and affect change."

During this difficult time for our businesses and our community, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce has continued to focus on its mission "to enhance the business climate and quality of life in our community."

For many of us, this time has been a time to pivot and shift our focus and invest energy into new ways of providing benefits and services to the business community.

For us, we have provided 24 virtual events in the last seven weeks with the creation of our Coffee & Conversations and Wellness Wednesday series, along with others. These virtual series addressed relevant topics from business leaders in our community and region helping to navigate the CARES Act, navigating the Employment Laws, working remotely and how to revise or create a marketing plan during this crisis.

Not all topics related to business, as we addressed mental health, good posture and health at home and more.

We have kept an updated COVID Tool Kit on our home page to highlight community and business resources that are available.

Our team has worked with businesses and restaurants in greater Westerville to promote those that remained open through the initial impact of the stay-at-home order, among many weekly updates related to protocol updates with customers, suppliers and employees and new grant and loan opportunities.

Most recently, in collaboration with Uptown Westerville Inc., Visit Westerville and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, we have announced June 6 will be Westerville Commerce Day.

This joint effort is to announce that our Westerville community has been "reopened" for business and is an effort to motivate our community to spread commerce in local stores and restaurants or virtually, buying online or ordering carry out.

Join us as we #ShopWesterville and spread hope and unity throughout our business community. Take part of Westerville Commerce Day. More information can be found on our Facebook event page and at

All upcoming virtual event details and resources can be found at or by calling the chamber office at 614-882-8917 and leaving a message for individual team members in their mailboxes, which can be checked remotely.

Whether in the chamber office or working remotely, your chamber team is available and ready to serve.

Janet Tressler-Davis is president and CEO of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides Chamber Corner to ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.