As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to increase around the world, the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and ensuring business continuity, to the best of our abilities, in service to our members, partners, and residents.

We are confident that this coronavirus will not significantly impact the organization systems and platforms nor our commitment to serving our statewide community of members and program participants.

With the rise in active cases and monitoring in the region, we are taking increased measures to maintain business continuity and protect the health of our employees with social distancing and cancellation of non-essential gatherings to contain COVID-19.

We are currently taking the following measures of precaution:

  • All classes and cohorts have been moved to their online equivalents.
  • We have canceled all business travel and recommended that our team avoids non-urgent personal travel as well.
  • We require any employee that boards an aircraft, either domestically or abroad, to work from home for a 14-day precautionary period before coming back to the office.
  • We are only accepting the minimum number of visitors to our office and have postponed all planned events, fairs, and meetings for the next 30 days.
  • We have shared best practice health tips with our team and continue to keep them updated daily.
  • We are placing extra hand sanitizers around our offices and have requested an increase in the frequency of office cleaning.

While we continue our work, we are preparing for different scenarios, including the possibility of our entire team working remotely, if required. As a community-based organization with strong cloud-based infrastructure, we are prepared to manage business continuity challenges virtually.

We anticipate no impact to our core services and believe in our ability to keep things running with no interruption. We have ensured that our team members have whatever they need to work remotely, if needed, and to continue doing their jobs securely.

We have increased channels of internal communication, and as always, prioritize communication with you. We will do our best to keep you updated across all of our communications channels of any developments, and we ask for your patience as we navigate the evolving nature of this circumstance.

We will continue to monitor news from the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control, among other sources and guidelines, and are committed to reassessing the situation and adjusting our plans accordingly.

We encourage everyone to take preventative measures and protect those among us that are the most vulnerable. Please stay home if you are sick, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, cover your cough and sneeze, and avoid touching your face with unclean hands.

We wish you all good health, and thank you for continuing to place your trust in us. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or inquiries.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website.