Members of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce:

Lately, we have all been reminded that the world can change quickly, and we have witnessed unprecedented events in our community. We continue to experience restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent storm caused damage to vehicles, residences, and businesses. Our community has struggled to respond to the circumstances surrounding the terrible death of George Floyd.

The good news is that we can all work together to accelerate the recovery from the negative impacts caused by recent events. We need to do what we do best in San Angelo – we need to pull together and support each other. In the face of a seemingly overwhelming tidal wave of bad news, handwringing and rumor mongering we need to remind ourselves of who we are as a community. We are a community that is deeply grounded in integrity, faith, and patriotism.

Better times are certainly coming. We are seeing positive trends and our tight-knit community will persevere in the face of adversity to generate hope and optimism. Our businesses continue to reopen, and much needed goods and services are becoming available again. Our COVID-19 rates remain low and stable. Oil prices are rising as are the stock market averages. Interest rates are low and new mortgage applications are near where they were this time last year. People are returning to work.

The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce is fully engaged and will continue to work diligently to support the community. We are always here to provide guidance, support and friendship. There is nowhere else I would rather be during these challenging times than right here in San Angelo. We are a resilient community and by working together, we will get through these hardships. In fact, I believe that we will be better as individuals and as a society for having worked through them together.

In other news, our popular Ribbon Connecting Celebrations are continuing. We are really enjoying getting out and meeting you all.  We are continuing schedule events so if you are reopening and want to get the word out, schedule your event by contacting Heather at heather@sanangelo.org or call (325) 655-4136.

We are also continuing our very popular weekly webinars series this week and the next installment will be on Friday, June 5 at 11 am. The topic is: “Alternative Financing Options.” In this webinar attendees will learn about additional financing opportunities for businesses during the recovery period. This webinar will feature Dave Erickson and Dezaray Johnson of the ASU Small Business Development Center. Register at www.sanangelo.org/covid-19-webinar-series to take advantage of this free educational opportunity!

Finally, we ask that you take a moment to like and follow us on Facebook and on other social media platforms if you haven’t already done so. We also ask you to check out our website, www.sanangelo.org, for new information, as we are continually updating our resources page. I have included my email and personal cell phone number below. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep well… We deeply appreciate you all.

Walt Koenig
President and CEO
San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
walt@sanangelo.org
Personal Cell: (321) 474-1332