I had a lot of ideas for this week’s blog, from tips to start running now that gyms are closed to a satirical list of ways to stop touching your face. But there’s something else that’s really on my mind and critically important right now: local business.

The past week has been troubling, eye-opening, and fascinating to see what businesses have (and haven’t) done to adapt to the changing environment. Bars and restaurants are offering curbside pick-up, take-out, and delivery, even if they never have before. Brick-and-mortar retailers are beefing up their online stores (or even launching them for the very first time). Gyms are live-streaming workouts. Everyone is selling all. the. gift. cards.

Even my run club, which is built not just on being active as a group but also on hanging out in bars (a real double-whammy), has pivoted to virtual happy hours and running challenges that folks can do solo. (We also designed a special edition t-shirt. Proceeds go toward providing families with meals while Durham Public Schools students are out due to COVID-19).

The businesses that acted quickly and are innovating in a world where no one’s allowed to cross their thresholds are what I’m calling “early adapters.” Early adapters might not have been looking to make a change to their business models, but this pandemic had other plans and they rolled with it.

Unfortunately, a lot of businesses are not going to survive coronavirus. And I’m not saying that the early adapters are guaranteed to survive; but they certainly seem like they’ll have a better chance, don’t they?

Here’s where I come in.

As a strategy consultant and former nonprofit exec, I’m used to working with limited resources and helping clients leverage those resources in creative ways. I love brainstorming how to pivot and find new services and streams of revenue.

That’s why I’m currently offering 30-minute virtual consultations for only $50. We’ll dig into the business concerns keeping you up at night and talk about what comes next (or now). After we talk, I’ll give it some thought and follow up with a plan. (And if I’m stumped, at least you got to vent for a little while!)

Click here to pay, and I will reach out to schedule a phone, Zoom, or Google Hangouts Meet call with you.

Take extra good care.

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