Tag: Coping with Corona Virus

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 Waxing Kara 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 Kara Brook Brown, Owner & Beekeeper of Waxing Kara on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Like everyone else, we’ve had to temporarily close our retail business. We’ve done quite a bit to grow and improve our online business.

  • We’ve shifted from being a brick and mortar store to an online establishment.
  • Our online wholesale business is still up and running also. Several of our online wholesale customers are still doing well, thankfully.
  • We’ve separated to make sure that everyone stays healthy independently. We wanted to mitigate risk by each working apart. One person goes into the shop daily to fill orders.

I have to say how proud I am of my team and how well (despite plenty of challenges at home) everyone is still doing their part in this business to make it work.

Commitment to Clients – How OFFICENSE is Coping with 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 Nirmal Kedia (President) and Noah Shumway (Director – Sales & Marketing) of OFFICENSE on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

OFFICENSE has been supporting local businesses since 2006.  We are in the professional image business. Whether it’s when your potential clients meet you at your office in our facilities, when they look you up online, or when they interact with your company on the phone, OFFICENSE ensures you are projecting a consistent, professional image at a fraction of the traditional costs.

Specifically, we assist companies by offering flexible workspace solutions, live answer phone services, and highly customized administrative services that go far beyond just office rental. Our customers include large or small companies including contractors, attorneys, mental health counselors, CPR training companies, non-profits, IT services companies, state and federal government contractors, medical research companies, and many more. These companies rely on us to receive their phone calls, sort their mail, process their checks and payments, and provide technology and communications support so that their staff can work effectively, whether it is from their offices or their homes.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Because of our obligation to sustain our clients’ businesses, OFFICENSE has made every effort to work with our clients, and a commitment to continuing to providing the critical essential infrastructure they’ve come to depend on.  We offered flexible work schedules to our essential in-office staff as well as reduced our operating hours to allow for social distancing during peak commuting hours.  Much of our support team is already setup to work remotely.

We are quite a bit different from the so-called “coworking” space, in that we offer private meeting rooms for our clients to conduct their business rather than the community type common shared desk spaces.  While the open shared desk coworking model is great for social settings, our private offices model is more conducive to conducting business professionally in private, and naturally suitable to ensure social distancing.

OFFICENSE has always focused its efforts on offering truly business critical and value adding support services such as phone answering, custom administrative services, mail handling/processing, and small business consulting.  We are proud that we have continued to  service our “essential-business” clients by processing their mail, checks, and business critical communications without any interruptions or lay-offs, while other shared space and rental based coworking companies such as WeWork, Spaces, and Regus have all shut down and cut staff.

Charm City Hemp – Coping and Adapting to 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 Buck DeVan and Melissa Cox, Founders of Charm City Hemp, LLC on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

Charm City Hemp is currently open 7 days a week in Belvedere Square. Our current operating hours are Monday – Saturday from 10am-6pm, and on Sunday from10am-5pm. The Hampden on the Avenue location is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Charm City Hemp is offering curbside pickup as well as free same day delivery in a 20-mile radius with a $50 minimum for delivery.

You can also shop online at www.charmcityhempstore.com

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We had to temporarily close our location in Hampden, while our Belvedere Square store is still operating, but with modified hours. We recently started offering curbside pick-up and free delivery in the Baltimore area. CBD is great for stress and anxiety, so we want to make sure our customers have easy, convenient access to our products.

Strength and Support of Community – How Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners is Coping with 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 Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Reduced store hours, but increased frequency of pick-up and delivery for some health-care accounts. We are considered an essential business, so we have been able to remain open (which we are grateful for), but there has been a significant drop in sales due to many of the businesses we service being closed, and many of our customers working from home.

How the Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand are 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 Emma Snyder, owner of The Ivy Bookshop, on how both the bookshop and Bird in Hand are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
The Ivy Bookshop’s physical location is closed. But luckily, we were able to shift to an entirely remote distribution process, so we can still get books in readers’ hands! We ship books directly to your doorstep now. Just call us at (410) 377-2966, and a bookseller will call you back promptly between 10 – 5 every day to offer recommendations or guidance. Or you can go directly to our website at www.theivybookshop.com, to browse and order from our online store.

Bird in Hand is still open each day from 8 – 4 as the Bird General Store, which offers a contact-free way to get the essentials. We offer to-go prepared food & drink options, as well as Market Bags, which you can fill with fresh produce, locally-sourced meats & cheeses, various sundries (think: important paper goods!), beer, wine, coffee, and a variety of goods by local makers. And, of course, you can toss in books & board games from The Ivy, if you’d like. Visit us at www.birdgeneralstore.com or call us at 410-814-0373.

How The Arc Baltimore 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 Arc Baltimore’s Chief Advancement Officer, Kate McGuire, CFRE, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have had to close our day service programs and have suspended supported employment for people working on our contract services in landscaping and janitorial. This impacts over 700 people. On the plus side, direct support staff from our day centers are helping us staff day time shifts at over 70 homes where we are supporting over 300 people with disabilities. Normally, we don’t have staff in the homes during the day because people there go out to jobs or other day programs. Our staff is pulling together to keep these essential supports together. Many additional supplies for sanitizing homes, masks and gloves, and even some games and puzzles to keep everyone content are being distributed every day. In addition, we are maintaining outreach to the hundreds of supported workers who are now unemployed. We are helping them get their benefits adjusted, proving food assistance when needed, and providing daily reassurance.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Over 300 people with developmental disabilities depend on us 24/7 in their homes to be safe and secure. For some that means help with bathing and personal care. For others it’s the distraction of a board game. Like all Marylanders, it is difficult for people with developmental disabilities to deal with the uncertainties of life during the coronavirus. Anxieties are high. Our staff are daily heroes.

Chesapeake Beverage Partners with Patapsco Distilling Co. to Create Hand Sanitizer

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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.

Chesapeake Beverage has a long history of supporting communities and employees – and during this uncertain time is no different. That is why the company recently partnered with Patapsco Distilling Co. and are using their supply and logistics network to begin producing and distributing bottles of hand sanitizer in order to give back to the community.

 

Stone Mill Bakery Moves to Curb-Side PickUp and Carry Out 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 Ron Staines, the General Manager at Stone Mill Bakery on how they are adapting and coping during these times. Stone Mill has been serving the greater Baltimore metro region for more than 20 years and the bakery and café locations are well-known for quality, consistency, and customer service. Currently, Stone Mill has updated their hours to Monday – Saturday, 9am-6pm. Both Curb-Side Pickup and Carryout, as well as online ordering, are available. (no delivery just yet)

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have established a Curb-Side pickup option that has allowed us to keep most of our full-time employees still employed. We are going to start “Family Dinners” next week available in 2-4 person portions.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We have been making a lot of bagged lunches for local hospitals and our local community members have been donating to help fund this. It is amazing how quickly our community has come together to support our essential employees!

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