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​Toolkit Getting Rave Reviews from Mecklenburg Business Groups


​A toolkit designed to help a variety of Mecklenburg County businesses reopen safely as the community moves through the Governor's Safer at Home Order Phase Two is receiving high praise from two of Mecklenburg County's largest business groups.

Both the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council (CELC) and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (formally known as the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce) announced their endorsement of the Phase Two toolkit launched earlier this week. 

Designed by the Business Leaders Roundtable group created by Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio, it's a more detailed follow-up to the first toolkit the group released during Phase One of the Governor's Order a few weeks ago.

"One of the biggest hurdles to reopening now is providing employees and customers the details and proper guidance about how to stay safe," said Fred Whitfield, CELC Community Engagement Co-Chair and Charlotte Hornets President. "This toolkit provides those details, including instructions and tips that help all businesses, especially smaller organizations."

While the first toolkit provided generic information, the second toolkit provides sector-specific guidance for multiple businesses, including restaurants, hair salons, retail outlets and gymnasiums.

"This toolkit provides business leaders across the community with a blueprint for a safe return to the workplace, and it is our hope that organizations across the region will adhere closely to the recommendations in the toolkit as they design and roll-out their respective company plans," shares Tom Mitchell, CELC Community Engagement Co-Chair and Chairman of Moore & Van Allen. 

In addition, the toolkit provides specific signage those businesses can print and post to emphasize the stay safe message. 

"There is something for every employer in this toolkit," said Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Chair Jennifer Weber. "Having it allows businesses to concentrate on reopening and helping their customers instead of creating communication tools and signs."

Diorio says she's pleased to have endorsements and that those groups—which represent hundreds of local businesses — are encouraging their members and others to take advantage of the resource.

"The first toolkit was very well received," said Diorio. "When we saw how popular it became, we knew we needed to expand the effort for Phase Two."

The Business Leaders Roundtable has met three times since the pandemic began. The group's next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. Audio of the prior meetings and a list of Roundtable members is also posted here.