Business Bulletin – July 6, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

July 6, 2020

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Welcome New June 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 12 new business members in the month of June. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Career Management Partners
Cisco Systems
Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.
Instar Title
Laird Plastics
Lone Ranger Properties
MPP
OffBeat Business Media
Spectrum Reach*
The Princeton Review
Tutor Doctor
Vitality Bowls- Plano

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Business Bulletin – June 29, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 29, 2020

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Business Bulletin – June 22, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 22, 2020

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  • Governor Abbott held a press conference today to address the rapid rise in Coronavirus cases underway in Texas.  The Governor detailed the State’s actions to combat the spread, including surge response teams to hotspot areas and he heavily stressed the need for all Texans to wear protective face coverings when out in the public.  The Governor also stressed the need for Texans to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, stating that ‘closing down Texas again will be the last option.’

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Business Bulletin – June 18, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 18, 2020

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  • Texas Education Commissioner Morath announced that schools can re-open in the fall. Guidelines for reopening during the coronavirus pandemic are expected to be released Tuesday, June 23rd.
  • Texas Workforce Commission will reinstate work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance beginning July 6th.
  • Runoffs for the Democratic candidate State Representative of District 67 will be held Tuesday, July 14th. Early voting begins Monday, June 29th and continues through Friday, July 10th. Today, Monday, June 15th is the last day to register to vote. Not sure if you’re registered? You can check on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

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Business Bulletin – June 11, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 11, 2020

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  • Statewide sales tax revenues are falling and unemployment rates are rising. The economic impact from the pandemic is expected to create a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the state’s current two-year budget, according the Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
  • Runoffs for the Democratic candidate State Representative of District 67 will be held Tuesday, July 14th. Early voting begins Monday, June 29th and continues through Friday, July 10th. If you are not already registered, Monday, June 15th is the last day to register to vote. Not sure if you’re registered? You can check on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

 

Five Questions with Sean Corrington, Furniture Marketing Group, Inc.

5 Questions with Sean Corrington of Furniture Marketing Group
by Kelle Marsalis, President & CEO

Recently I checked in on Sean Corrington, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Furniture Marketing Group, located in Plano. Sean and I met several years ago when I worked closely with the owner of FMG on small business programs. It was clear from the start that FMG, and Sean, are fantastic community partners, employers, and members of the Plano Chamber. Read more of our conversation below to learn about the company, Sean, and his beautiful baby girls.

I’ve known FMG for a few years now, and have even utilized some of your great products in my office. What would you like readers to know about FMG and what you specialize in?

Furniture Marketing Group, Inc. (FMG) is a family of companies headquartered in Plano, TX. We have showrooms in both Texas & Oklahoma as well as client support centers spanning from the west to the east coast. FMG is a provider of interior furnishings for corporate environments of all sizes, government entities, and healthcare providers, as well as the education sector. “Interior furnishings” honestly doesn’t even begin to describe what we help our clients with in today’s world. We provide ergonomic work from home solutions, flexible architectural space division, technology solutions, and many other critical products our clients demand. Aside from a distributor of products, our teams lead client conversations with a consultative approach on product solutions given an organization objectives.  Doing this alongside great industry partners yields a concept in which FMG executes through completion. Long term support of our clients over the years is really what makes the difference.

FMG is a family-owned business. How has the company grown since its beginnings?

We are in our 39th year of business and fortunate to be one of the largest distributors for Haworth, which is a multibillion dollar furniture manufacturer based in Western Michigan. Our roots go deep with our supplier. Our founder, Cleon Almond, started FMG in 1981 and at that time, Haworth just like FMG, was a lot smaller. Haworth’s current Chairman Emeritus, Dick Haworth, and Cleon focused together on one key objective. Provide best in class products & customer service to our clients. Today FMG second generation CEO, Greg Almond, instills those same principles from his father, continuing to guide FMG forward.

What has been the biggest surprise you’ve learned about the furniture business in your 7 years with FMG and 20 years in the business?

The biggest surprise I’ve learned is the sophistication that goes into designing an office space. Twenty years ago, I thought office furniture was just a desk and a chair! Big picture discussions around analyzing the amount of real-estate for each employee as well as discussion about creating an atmosphere that supports a company’s core values and objectives are critical to the success of any project.  More important than ever, our organization must provide flexibility of a workspace that allows for changes and that has to be done with thoughtful up-front design. Sometimes I wish it was just a desk and a chair!

We are in the 12th week of the pandemic in the USA. Are you working from home? If so, what has been the biggest challenge?

FMG is a supplier to essential businesses so our offices have remained open. However, a majority of our employees are working from home as we finalize our own return to work strategy. I personally have worked from our office in International Business Park sometimes at least 3 or 4 days a week while working from home the others. Since mid-March, I have been one of 6 people in our 16,000 foot office so it has been very easy to practice physical distancing inside a space as such when no one is around! There are challenges to both scenarios. I miss the interaction in the office and do not have the luxury of walking up to an associate to have an ad-hoc conversation in which I might be able to get an answer immediately. With technology, I can still get the answer but it might take just a bit longer. I definitely miss the day to day in person collaboration. While working from home, that in itself has had a few challenges. My wife, Michelle, and I have twin daughters, Avery & Aubrey who are about to turn one year old and as you can imagine, the home office has a lot of things happening!

Ok, it all can’t be about business. You’ve been in Plano for a while, so tell us what is your favorite thing to do in Plano? 

Since moving to Plano three years ago, Michelle’s and my life has changed dramatically as you can imagine. We use to spend some late nights in the Shops at Legacy & Legacy West. We now spend a lot of our time at some of the great parks Plano has to offer and our latest favorite is Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. However, our favorite spot is at our home in Plano with our girls. Michelle, Avery, Aubrey, and I plan on spending many nights and weekends right in our own back yard swimming and grilling!


Learn more about Furniture Marketing Group, Inc. at their website.

Business Bulletin – June 8, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 8, 2020

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  • The current economic downturn has been officially titled a recession by the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Economic activity began to backslide in February as a result of the coronavirus and has only recently show positive signs of improvement with the jobs numbers released for May.  The report noted that it is still possible the recession could be short lived, with some forecasters indicating they expect economic output to begin growing again in the third quarter of 2020.
  • The White House is waiting to see if the next jobs report shows similar booming recovery before determining what the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief package may include.  May’s job report was the single biggest month-to-month job gains ever for the U.S.  The Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls in May rose by 2.5 million and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%, shocking economists who anticipated that more than 8 million additional jobs had been shed.

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  • Governor Abbott announced on June 3rd that the State of Texas is entering Phase III of reopening, effective immediately.  Highlights include:
    • Virtually all businesses can increase capacity to 50%;
    • Restaurants can increase their table size from 6 to 10 people and increase capacity to 75% starting June 12;
    • Professional and college outdoor sports can increase to 50% capacity in their stadiums; and
    • Bars can increase capacity to 50% so long as customers remain seated.

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Welcome New May 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 11 new business members in the month of May. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Clean N Pristine, Inc.
Concordia Innovative Consulting & Services Group, LLC
Corky’s Gaming Bistro
CPR At Your Door
DART
Empowered Success – JT Atkinson
Iconic IT
Manhattan Burger
Nothing Bundt Cakes
SpectrumVoIP, Inc.
Trintech

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Business Bulletin – June 4, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

June 4, 2020

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