Chamber Corner: Events reflect changes in Westerville community's needs

JANET TRESSLER-DAVIS
Janet Tressler-Davis

We are still here, just a little farther apart.

Being respectful of social distancing and taking the lead from our members, we have pivoted in the way we do events to assure everyone can feel safe while being involved.

The world has been changing, and so have we. In order to continue to bring events to the community, we have challenged ourselves to be even more creative. In doing so, we have introduced virtual, hybrid and in-person events to our calendar in order to welcome people back.

Offering the 48th Westerville Music & Arts Festival virtually on July 11 and July 12 allowed the community to be involved by supporting local artists and listening to music from bands that we scheduled to perform on one of the three music stages without worrying about social distancing.

Coffee & Conversations have been offered since March 24 providing members a virtual platform for educational programming. We have offered 30 sessions dealing with COVID-19 and wellness related topics since the stay-at-home order and have continued as members are opening and are back to work. Our most recent Coffee & Conversation featured a discussion about the PPP forgiveness application and the session was recorded and posted on the chamber's YouTube page to allow more people to gain the knowledge at a future time.

Our first 'hybrid event' July 7 provided tips on how to work the room at any networking event with limited spots available in person but open virtually to all. On July 15, Women in Business Luncheon at The Golf Club at Little Turtle featured Lindsay Stencel as a guest speaker.

Lastly, there will still be events taking place fully in person.

The annual Golf Outing for 2020 is scheduled for Aug. 10 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club, 6740 Worthington Road.

The course officials are confident they can uphold CDC requirements during this event, but there will be some slight changes to ensure everyone's safety. Wave tee times will take place but it should still be a great networking event.

The next Business After Hours will be Aug. 20 at the Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute, 915 Olentangy River Road, No. 5000.

There will be light appetizers and door prizes alongside the networking opportunities.

To become a member of our vibrant chamber or register for upcoming events visit westervillechamber.com.

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