I’ve never been a big fan of Mondays. They’re especially unpleasant when it’s miserable out, as it is today. Compound that with the fact that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, locked into isolation for who knows how much longer, and our ever-informative governor nipple rings hasn’t even mentioned when bars and restaurants might reopen in his grand back to business plans. The result is a depressive inertia I’ve never before experienced. No. I’m not alone. Well, technically, I am QUITE alone, TYVM. But my troubles are universal. I know. I just need a moment to mope, I guess.
In more proactive news, I’m a board member of EVIMA, a small business organization, and we are holding a Zoom meeting today at 4pm that is the start of a very local strategy for how we can get back to work. The meeting will be mostly a webinar-type structure, with the limited ability for interaction and participation based on the number of people in attendance. If you would like to join us, scroll down for more info.
I will be hosting an “after-meeting,” for people to cybermix ‘n’ mingle, which I’m sure will rapidly devolve into a much-needed bitchfest. People want to commiserate. If you are a small business owner, manager or other interested party, please join me sometime around 5pm, depending upon when the previous meeting ends.
Meeting ID: 828-3239-9417
We hope this email finds you well. Join us this Monday for our first Merchant Meetup where facilitator and resolution expert Tauno Biltsted will provide techniques to help you cope with the present crisis. We will also be discussing the future of an East Village Recovery Plan
We’re inviting you to join us to discuss how local businesses and organizations in the East Village can plan for recovery and how we can help each other survive and adapt. We believe this will be a good opportunity to discuss practical ways forward for the recovery of the East Village.
Our Merchant Meetup is planned for Monday April 27, 4-5 pm. We’ll start this first session with a sanity check on this whole situation and take it from there!
We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Please share with your neighbors and colleagues.
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EVIMA’s overarching mission is to create a strong and diverse business environment that sustains the unique character of our neighborhood and serves the East Village Community. #vivaeastvillage
Tauno Biltsted, our guest panelist, is a native East Village resident. He has been involved in facilitating community conversation and building creative consensus for over 25 years. Using techniques drawn from mediation, motivational interviewing, conflict coaching, trauma-informed counseling, and participatory facilitation, Tauno works to assess current dynamics, seek creative solutions to complicated problems, and develop plans for deeper collaboration.
WeLocals Inc is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides tools to communities and local businesses to encourage people to support all things local. We do this because we know that this makes the communities we live in stronger and more vibrant.