The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce featured a new member panel discussion for its January general meeting. Held on Zoom, on Wednesday, January 27, vice president Gary Jones facilitated a discussion with Ann Laskowski of Coldwell Banker Realty, Paul Greene of Enviro-Master Services, Ese Crossett of Tidylosophy, and John Brophy of In Tune about the impact of the pandemic on business, how each business owner adapted, and ways they’ll move forward. Each panelist described changing protocols for their business to adapt to social distancing measures but said they will also use some of their new processes going forward. While the pandemic has been difficult, all found new opportunities and learnings that will benefit them.

For the closing question, Jones asked each panelist what they hope to get out of their Chamber membership. All highlighted their desire to get to know the business community for networking and sharing of ideas. Those who came from a corporate background underscored how they rarely had the chance to get to know people aside from their neighbors. Now with a local business, they look forward to meeting people who live and work in town.

The February general meeting will take place Wednesday morning, 2/24, exact time tbd, and will feature a panel of Black business owners.