DAVISON — The Davison Area Chamber of Commerce has closed its office on W. Flint Street, but the organization is still at work in the community.
Director LaDawn Hastings said the Chamber had been talking about leaving its office and was considering other options, including a move to Main Street and the option of not having an office at all.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, with its office closed since March, the Chamber discovered Hastings and Chamber members could work from home.
In a recent letter to Chamber members, Hastings explained the decision to close the office came after much consideration.
“The Board of Directors have taken a long look at how we can best serve our members and the Davison Community in accordance with our bi-laws and mission statement,” she said, in the letter. “After much deliberation and lengthy discussions, we are excited to announce that our Chamber will be advancing to 100 percent fully digital.”
She said the move to a virtual setting allows the Chamber to reduce its overhead and in turn, invest more of the funds into its membership and community.
“It really is a good thing,” Hastings told the Index. “We had been talking about getting rid of the office and were looking at different things. This helps us be able to be out in the community more anyways.”
She said the Chamber spent October moving out of the building it called home for nearly 10 years.
The Chamber will now conduct business through its website, www.davisonchamberofcommerce.com and by phone at 810-653-6266.
Hastings said there is also a post office box to contact the Chamber by mail. The address is P.O. Box 952, Davison, MI 48423.
The move to a virtual office was also necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis, said Hastings.
“As business professionals, we have all had to evaluate our business models and become extremely agile in how we approach our day-to-day operations,” she said. “We’ve got to do what we can, so everyone stays safe.”
Regular board meetings will be conducted at local restaurants, once pandemic restrictions are lifted. She said she will be planning upcoming events and the 2021 Festival of Flags from her home and added the Chamber is looking at adding bi-weekly networking opportunities for showcasing local businesses.
After a year of cancelled events, Hastings said the Chamber would like to look ahead at next year when it might be able to interact once again with the community.
“We’re looking forward to really being able to do something, like have a festival,” she said. “Although this year has caused us to do business differently, we definitely know that Davison is still the best place to live, work and play!”