Gibson County

Resources. Support. Guidance.

To Help You Thrive, Not Just Survive, During These Challenging Times

It’s a challenging, difficult time for our Gibson County small business community.


Reopening Toolkit

Protect Public Health
  • Curbside pickup. 
  • Limit the number of customers inside. 
  • Clean and sterilize. 
  • Adjust store hours.
  • Offer cashless transactions.
  • Store-in-store sales.
  • Use your storefront windows to sell. 
  • Sidewalk Takeover.
Develop New Distribution Channels

Many, if not most, of the nation’s small businesses are closing in-store or in-office activities for a few weeks or months during the pandemic. But many small businesses are finding new ways to reach their customers and keep sales coming in. (Smith)

  • Online Classes
  • Offer Sales by webcam.
  • Product demonstrations.
  • Merchandise Previews
  • Tours of the shop.
  • Communicate with Suppliers.
  • Free shipping.
  • Personal shopping.
  • Make local deliveries.
  • Launch an online storefront.
  • Shop Local Campaigns.
  • Add groceries.
Drive Cash Flow
  • Add a New Product or Service
  • Gift Cards
  • Reward Your Customers for Their Ongoing Support
  • Crowdfunding
  • Physical to Virtual Progamming
  • Virtual Tip Jars
Long Term Planning
  • Scenario Planning
  • Capital Investments
  • Plan your Marketing Spend.

We know you’re scared this COVID-19 crisis could destroy you and your business.  You’re scared you may have to lay off employees.  You wonder if you’ll get through this or if you’ll have to close your business.

All of us here at the Gibson County Chamber are making a FULL OUT effort to help you THRIVE, not just survive, during these crazy times- which is what this page is dedicated to.
Here, you’ll find various resources, experts, and other practical advice to help you PRESERVE your business and minimize the losses occurring.

Check back here EVERY DAY, as new resources are constantly added.

Now more than ever, it’s critical for you as an entrepreneur to ACT. Don’t stay stuck in fear.  Don’t operate from a place of scarcity.
Your Chamber is here to help and support you in any way we can.

Reach out to us at (812) 385-2134.


Small Business Strategies to Survive in Uncertain Times

Marketing is the life-blood of every small business. Uncertain times like these require creativity in getting your message out. Marketing consultant and SEO specialist Gary Morris will share practical marketing methods you can implement now to help you thrive during this crisis.

How To Drive In Sales Even When Your Customers Need To Stay At Home

Local business looking for ways to not only survive, but thrive during this season of uncertainty?

Join THE leading expert on direct response social media, Kim Walsh Phillips, for an interactive workshop on how to drive in sales even while your customers need to stay at home.

The CARES Act: How the Stimulus Bill Applies to Small Businesses

The CARES Act passed on March 27 contains several provisions designed to support U.S. businesses. In this informative webinar presented by Tax and Wealth Strategist Bill Bourbonnais, you’ll learn about:
The employee retention credit
Extensions of time to pay payroll taxes
Temporary changes to Net Operating Loss rules that may put more cash back in your bank account
Other Coronavirus business relief opportunities available

How To Get Yourself, And Your Home, Camera-Ready for Online Video

Working from home can be quite unnerving, especially when you need to meet with clients or staff using online video platforms like Skype or Zoom – maybe for the first time.

Ashley Chaney, a producer and TV host who has worked with Lucas Films, Paramount, Warner Brothers, NBC, and MTV, will share simple, practical techniques to help dispel your discomfort and propel your business forward.

What Employers Should Know About HR & Coronavirus

Do employees have to use their sick time for COVID-19 illnesses?
Can employees refuse to come to work because of the virus?
Questions like these and more must be addressed properly by employers to avoid potential legal ramifications. Federal labor laws have recently changed in light of the pandemic.
HR Consultant Kathleen Lapekas will help you understand some of the important provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Industry Best Practices 

ReOpening Material


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This year of COVID-19 is anything but business as usual and is truly uncharted territory for you, as well as your employees and your customers.  Reopening must be balanced with careful planning and diligent follow through to help protect those that depend on you for employment and those that rely on your goods and services.

It’s a new era and this is a new Chamber, re-focused and re-dedicated to meet the challenges of our time. We’re excited about what’s happening in Gibson County. We think you will be, too.

Patty Vanoven

Executive Director

Thank you to our Community Partner and Business Executive members for your continued support.

Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Princeton, IN