Greetings to all:
I was hoping to send out another type of email today, but will hold off until next week. However, at this juncture, all of us have been inundated with news of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the global pandemic that has all but paralyzed Earth. I want to reach out to you and let you know, we will weather this storm too. The A. D. James Corporation is many things to many sectors of business; in this moment business consultants & encourages. This virus that has frosted our personal lives, also may frost our businesses, organizations and churches.
While we are aware of the seriousness of this virus, we also are aware of how this will effect the economy of the world and that of the United States. Earlier today, Facebook announced a Business Resource Hub, with information on how to weather this virus. With tens of thousands of cases in more than 100 countries and Facebook memes traveling faster than the speed of light, the coronavirus outbreak seems to be the only thing people are talking about right now.
Right now, the biggest economic threat is to those in the events, travel, and hospitality industries, where large gatherings of people are the norm. As events coordinators work to comply with health officials’ recommendations (and limit the negative PR that could come from a spike in cases), major conferences are being canceled or postponed every day—with lost income already reported to be more than $1 billion. So far, South by Southwest, Google I/O, and Mobile World Congress have been scrapped, while the massive 30,000-attendee Game Developers Conference is indefinitely postponed.
There’s no telling at this point how long this outbreak will last, so if you’ve got an event on the calendar in the next few months, it’s safest to assume it won’t be happening, or will be taking place virtually instead.
If you do co-work or share office space, kick that handshake habit (try a simple wave or elbow bump instead) and avoid touching your face while you’re out in public. And remember, if you feel at all sick, don’t take the risk and go out anyway. Stay home and keep others safe.
If your business is impacted, use the downtime to take on a big project you haven’t been able to find the time for. It doesn’t have to be professionally productive (though we always respect the hustle!), as long as it’s satisfying to you and keeps your brain engaged. And who knows? You might find a whole new revenue stream while you’re at it!
For us at ADJC, work continues forward. We are in frequent communication with all those we work with to produce the products and service we offer. Our new contractors who are now helping us produce more projects are too taking the same precautions as everyone else.
My thoughts and prayers are with all suffering from this sudden pandemic, physically, emotionally and mentally. Remember, we will weather this storm and be back to normal soon enough. Until then, DON’T PANIC, stay sanitized, prepared and informed.
In the Spirit of Excellence
Antwon D. James
Chairman, A. D. James Corporation
Vice Chairman, The Stop Six Corp.