Many small businesses in Montgomery County are being forced to find new ways to cope with the new normal of mandatory shutdowns and shelter-in-place rules, writes Gene Marks for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
But while many have seen a slowdown in business, very few have stopped operating altogether.
Randi Siegel, the president of DocuBank in Narberth, still operates her business as usual, but with some major changes. She has sent all employees of the online health-care document storage company to work from home and is using Slack for messaging and meetings.
Meanwhile, Tim Flynn, towner of Allied Wire and Cable in Collegeville, is making sure to take care of his employees while running his essential business. This includes providing cable to the Centers for Disease Control and several ventilator companies.
“Our employees realize they are saving lives and are willing to come in every day to do so,” said Flynn.
Bob Girard’s company, Pottstown-based Valtech, also provides essential cleaning products for customers nationwide. He has made the office staff work from home while the remaining manufacturing and R&D staff have to follow strict protocols, including self-distancing.
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