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Coronavirus 101

517 Magazine spoke with some local leaders about what they learned from COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus has given us all an education in safety, response and planning.

We checked in with a few local leaders and business owners to ask what they have learned from enduring COVID-19.

Megan Doherty

President of F.D. Hayes Electric CO.

Prior to COVID-19, we had identified adaptability as one of the core strengths that has led to our business’s longevity. COVID-19 has proven this is true and taken it a step further, as being adaptable and agile is now key to our survival as a small business. We are in a continuous cycle of analyzing the challenges presented to us, identifying a solution, and adapting our focus and process to the solution. While we have done this from top to bottom in our business, it seems like we are adapting almost weekly to employee and customer safety issues and to maintain government and regulatory compliance.


Nick Berry

CEO of Blue Owl Coffee

When our spaces were reduced to takeout-only, we lost a huge part of the connection and conversation that had so easily helped us build into our neighborhoods. We had relied on our space and daily access to people to carry out our mission. We had to learn how to open new ways of communicating to our friends. Our neighborhoods show up every day to intentionally show us support. This energized us to launch ideas that have been waiting for the right time. We are very grateful for their encouragement and hope to continue being a home for hope in our Lansing.


Tara J. Peterson

Attorney at Crenshaw Peterson and Associates

As a business owner, we’ve learned to home in on the best ways to be productive and cost efficient. COVID-19 has forced us to look at things a little differently and experiment with new methods of operating. We have learned that we can do a lot more remotely than we ever realized. Some clients have really enjoyed this, as it gives them more options to meet online over a lunch break rather than drive to the office. This is particularly true with families seeing a bigger importance in getting their estates in order, especially for seniors who are homebound or in nursing homes.


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Coronavirus 101

517 Magazine spoke with some local leaders about what they learned from COVID-19.




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