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Coronavirus has changed the way companies operate

By Carolyn Pemberton

Johnson & Johnson Automotive


Coronavirus has changed the way companies operate in an unprecedented manner. As business owners and employees across the country navigate the new normal, we have adapted to stay operating amid a global pandemic.


From live-streaming fitness classes to hosting virtual team-building events, small businesses are tapping their creativity, which gives other businesses and the community hope. 


Impressively, local independent businesses here in Springfield have had the quick thinking to adapt.


Local farmers and restaurants have opened online markets, bakeries and cafes are offering pre-orders and curbside pick up, and we at Johnson & Johnson Auto Center will come and collect your car for you, wearing a mask and gloves, and return your vehicle germ-free. 


This has also presented the opportunity for us, as consumers, to get creative as well. I have enjoyed purchasing these items when they have not been available in the supermarket, or I have simply wanted to support local. 


The pandemic has created further opportunities for businesses to share ideas and tactics in their industries, check-in with each other, and collaborate. Local businesses have been here for us during such times of uncertainty. 


It’s been encouraging to see how the community has come together too through zoom parties, Facebook lives, and wellness checks. Maintain a positive attitude and your energy will be contagious. We are in this together. I hope the pandemic will continue to boost morale. 


Thank you to all our small businesses, and our customers for supporting us. 

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