There are very few things that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t touched.
It has affected the way businesses operate and the way employees collaborate with one another. But most of all, isolation, working from home, quarantines and lockdowns have resulted in a lack of social opportunities.
That was one of the reasons why the South Niagara Chamber of Commerce — an umbrella group for chambers in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colborne-Wainfleet and Welland-Pelham — created its “Conversations” podcast. First hitting the air back at the end of January, the weekly shows have covered topics ranging from mental health to the Niagara real estate market to balancing public health and the economy. There was even a show that covered what the role of the news media should be when it comes to the pandemic.
“We’ve had some pretty great conversations,” said South Niagara Chambers of Commerce executive director Dolores Fabiano, who co-hosts the podcast along with Scott Lunn, general manager of 105.1 The River and 101.1 More FM. “We’ve had some great guests. We want to have some of the same conversations we’d have if we were all together.”
And with COVID-19, some of those in-person get-togethers, such as the monthly Business After 5 events, have been put on hold.