CEO Corner: EDASC staff to begin working remotely

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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In support of state and county efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and for the health of its employees, EDASC has made the decision for most of its staff to begin working remotely Thursday, March 19.

EDASC’s No. 1 priority for the foreseeable future will be helping the Skagit County business community navigate this public health and economic crisis. Therefore, EDASC will continue providing the latest COVID-19 resources and updates relevant to businesses and workers.

Staff will also continue providing EDASC’s usual array of business support services, including small-business advising, business retention and expansion support, leadership training and more.

Because most staff will be working remotely and due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, EDASC will institute changes in the ways in which it delivers these services. Most notably, EDASC will be using phone and video conferencing software to conduct meetings rather than holding in-person meetings or advising sessions.

And although our office will not be taking visitors, our phone lines will remain open during normal business hours. If we miss your call, email us at office@skagit.org. Individual staff members can be reached at “first name”@skagit.org, such as john@skagit.org.

Cindy Brooks, our in-house Small Business Development Center advisor, is also available and will be providing no-cost business advising via videoconferencing. She can best be reached at cindy.brooks@wsbdc.org.

This is an unprecedented time from a public and business health perspective, and it has been heartening to see how our wonderful community has banded together to support one another while maintaining social distancing policies.

Know that EDASC will continue to be here to help you with your business needs and connect you with the existing and the ever-widening selection of new business support resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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