Today all of us are facing and navigating the uncertainty and anxiety related to the COVID-19 global health crisis. Like you, all of us at UDesignIT are working hard to adapt to this evolving situation. That said, we're writing to reaffirm that there is one certainty, even in these uncertain times. As before, you can be certain that we remain committed - first and foremost - to your well-being, the health and safety of your family, and your community.
We’re here to help. So we're launching the # UDesignITHeretoHelp campaign - a series of 1 to 10 minutes interviews to share your stories, hear from our customers, associates and supporters. As well as a way to share resources. We invite you to join the conversation and share your pro tips on how to survive and thrive.
“The biggest challenge is that the current situation is extremely fluid and very different scenarios are almost equally possible,” said Boris Wertz, general partner at Version One Ventures. “So everyone should just prepare for the worst and diligently watch the situation.”
Accordingly, while right now you are rightfully focused on your family and loved ones, we want to let you know that Amor Umbrella stands ready and remains committed to support customers, employees, associates and their families. Whether it's navigating community-based care and services, continuing your career, sustaining your small business, or seeking resources or insights to make better informed decisions given your unique circumstances, when you need us, we'll be there for you.
We know that working from home is a big and unexpected change. Please see some tools and resources that are available to help you stay virtually connected during the COVID-19 global health crisis.
Comcast is offering free internet access on the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot Network to everyone and is also offering low-income families 60 days of free “Internet Essentials” home internet service at increased speeds. For more information, you should contact Comcast directly or visit https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.
Google rolled out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite customers globally to be more productive while working remotely. This includes hosting larger meetings, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
To help with the transition, also see best practices on how teams can work together when they’re not together, including G Suite tips for remote teams, and free Primer lessons including Working Remotely and Productively at the Same Time, Collaborate While Working Remotely, and Transitioning to Remote Work.
Determine if you have all of the technology you need to participate in remote learning to continue your career at MDC, see checklist
We know many of you will be following social distancing best practices and may be spending more time at home. Following are some links and resources to help you stay safe, engaged, and healthy:
Mindfulness and resiliency are important skills to practice, today and always. Check out these mindfulness apps to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and maintain positivity.
We are adjusting quickly to meet the changing demands of those we serve and will continue to share updates on our future programming, events, and new insights. While times remain uncertain, please know you are not alone.
Other Helpful Resources:
WHO FAQ page (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency list of disinfectants to use.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Small Businesses Resources
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
New federal legislation and appropriations has opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19. Details of eligibility and administration of this assistance from SBA are still being addressed by the SBA. However, some information from the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program will still apply for COVID-19.
OSD has developed resource web page with links and information from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more.
Stay Informed and Look at the Big Picture
US health system under stress – What the US needs to do––right now––about coronavirus, from three health and public policy experts.
Coronavirus and the global economy – Business leaders are asking: will there be a recession, how bad will it get, and what are the scenarios for recovery and growth?
Surviving a sustained crisis – HBS Dean Nitin Nohria discusses the qualities of organizations that are best equipped to cope before, during, and after a pandemic.
What to do about bad news – HBS Professor Amy Edmondson says transparency is “job one” for leaders in times of crisis.
Keep in mind that we will eventually recover!!
About the writer
Niurka Castaneda is a MDC student, a Veteran, a professional logistician, an Entrepreneur and the Founder of Ventures C & A LLC the parent company of Amor Umbrella & U design IT .