Coping with Coronavirus

How the Baltimore Museum of Industry is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from the Baltimore Museum of Industry on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Thanks to our great education staff, we were able to pivot rather quickly and adapt several of our activities for “visitors” to use online.  Industry-themed word finds, trivia questions, craft projects and such have been created, along with virtual tours of many of our galleries can be found on our website and are all free of charge. We also moved our weekly preschool program, Wee Workers, onto Facebook where each Tuesday, Ms. Gayle, an incredible museum teacher, presents a book and a craft related to a new gallery or industry each week.  https://www.thebmi.org/visit/visit-from-home/

Coping with Coronavirus – Green Spring Station Launches Green Spring Gives

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Green Spring Station on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Boutiques are offering virtual shopping options – facetime, Instagram DM, websites and text messages.

SpotWash Extending Reach during Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Freddie Ephraim, Director of Business Development, and Mike Laroque, Director of Operations of SpotWash, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
SpotWash has extended its reach outside of the normal parking garage-only service and now we are equipped to service vehicles in your driveway overnight while you sleep without increasing the price.

Spectacular Gardens without an Audience – How Ladew Gardens is Coping with Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Ladew Gardens on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Ladew Gardens, Manor House and Nature Walk are currently closed to the public as required by Governor Hogan’s “stay-at-home” directive to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Our gardens are in spectacular flower without an audience to experience them in
person, so every day we share images on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, our garden staff is sharing practical gardening tips and “How To” videos on Facebook and in eblasts. (Fishbowl readers can visit www.LadewGardens.com to sign up for eblasts and join us on Facebook and Instagram.)

Baltimore Choral Arts Strives to Spread Joy during Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Karena Ingram, Audience Development Manager of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Unfortunately, Choral Arts has canceled the remaining performances of the 2019-20 season. We were, however, very excited to have had the opportunity to convert our in-person annual Gala event into the Choral Arts Online Auction, and we were successful in surpassing our $30,000 fundraising goal for our education and outreach programs.

How System Source is Adapting to the Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Maury Weinstein, President and Co-Founder of System Source, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Our goal is making working from home transparent to our clients and each other. We’re emphasizing extra sharp communication because we can’t walk over to someone for escalation or resolution. Our marketing and sales efforts have turned to client education because of the slower economy and because an educated prospect is our best customer.

Because information technology is considered an essential business, our teams are in the field, equipped safely, for presentation room installation. These collaboration rooms will be ready when our clients return to the office.

Virtual Classes with Yoga Tree Baltimore – Adapting during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Sarah Ittmann Leite, Founder and Senior Teacher of Yoga Tree Baltimore, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
On Sunday April 15th we began to Livestream our fitness and yoga classes directly from our Hampden Yoga studio to allow some of our older and immunocompromised students to practice from the safety of their home. By the next day we were running a full schedule of three to four virtual classes a day. We purposefully created a vibrant April. Full of extra classes, Zoom Happy Hours, Weekly Meditation and a yoga challenge. “Commit to 15” an invitation to take at least 15 classes in the month of April. We knew we wanted to keep everyone accountable and inspired. Even with this push we lost a large amount of our members. Like all of our neighboring stores, we have seen a huge drop in walk in sales. What we still have is a powerful community of dedicated students who practice their yoga, and who often bring us great ideas. We are now able to teach remotely. By offering our online services further afield we can teach to people all over the world. We are looking for more ways to bring yoga to those who need it: we are offering small group classes taught on Zoom to corporations wanting to support their workers who may be under more pressure than usual. If your readers would like us to teach their family or team let us know. We can organize a weekly time or a one off.

Supporting One Another – How Second Chance Inc. is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Second Chance Inc. on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Our retail store in downtown Baltimore (located at 1700 Ridgely St.) is still open, but we have reduced our hours of operation to 9am to 5pm on Thursday through Sunday. We are considered an essential business since we sell building supplies like lumber and appliances. Fortunately, since we have 250,000 square feet of space, it has been relatively easy to maintain social distancing, and we’re being diligent with sanitary and other precautions.

We have seen a decrease in our deconstruction work, with less calls coming in and fewer active jobs. We are still picking up donations, as long as our workers can maintain social distance, which means we will pick up curbside or in a garage, but we aren’t entering donors’ homes at this time. Donations can also be dropped off at our retail location during operating hours.

Our volunteers, who support us here every week and have a significant positive impact on our operations, have been asked to re-schedule until the Governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted.

How The Verve Partnership is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from  Kelly W. Ennis, Founding & Managing Principal of The Verve Partnership on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We’ve gone 100% to a distributed work model. We Zoom every day.

How Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Maria Mathieson, Director at Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
At the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, we have moved all of our music and dance classes and lessons online. That meant almost overnight training our 120 faculty members to deliver online lessons and classes. We’ve been thrilled by our faculty and students who are teaching and learning remotely in a way we never thought possible before. Even many of our large ensembles, like the Peabody Children’s Chorus with almost 500 members, have created new ways to engage and keep students learning with weekly video lessons and activities. At the Preparatory, we’ve now moved 989 active private lessons and 210 group classes online with a total of 1,971 unique students served.

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