Up & Coming Weekly

March 31, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW APRIL 1-7, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATES Linda McAlister Brown and Melanie Twine linda@upandcomingweekly.com melanie@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING COORDINATOR FOR WOMEN'S VIEW AND FAYETTEVILLE LADIES POWER LUNCH Caroline Schafer caroline@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Crissy Neville PAGE 15 Photo credit for headshot of Miya Giles- Jones: Matthew Plyler/MaxPreps ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN With COVID-19 impacting our coun- try's economy, nearly every industry sector is feeling the effects. As part of our efforts to support our busi- ness community and better understand their needs during this time of uncer- tainty, we have re- leased an economic- impact survey for our local business lead- ers. Created through a partnership of the city of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, FCEDC, Cumberland Community Foun- dation, Center for Economic Empower- ment and Develop- ment, Cool Spring Downtown District, Greater Fayetteville Chamber, and Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the survey's goal is to inform recovery efforts and direct aid where it can be most effective. "We have incredible and unique businesses in down- town Fayetteville. We want to make sure we understand the impact COVID-19 has on their business models," said Bianca Shoneman, president and CEO of the Cool Spring Downtown District. Designed to automatically self-customize based on the respondent's input, this 21-question form should take roughly five minutes to complete. Participants have the option of remaining anonymous or can request to receive program information and one-on-one assistance from cor- responding partners. Entrepreneurs and industry leaders in Fayetteville and Cumberland County can participate by visiting www.FCComeback.com. Survey questions cover topics including COVID-19's im- pact on supply chain, workforce, customers, markets and operations. Also included are oppor- tunities to share specific needs and direct con- nections to local agen- cies ready to help. "e results will be critical to maximize local, state and federal recovery resources and help our community get back to work as quickly as pos- sible," said Robert Van Geons, FCEDC president and CEO. Together, your com- munity and economic development partners are striving to quickly and efficiently com- bine efforts, working as a central resource hub for every type of employer. From restau- rants to manufacturers, from military contrac- tors to independent retailers, we want to do all that we can to help your business weather this storm, with hopes for rapid growth once it passes. Finding ourselves in uncharted territory, we are all navi- gating new paradigms and doing our best to quickly adapt to a constantly evolving economic landscape. Our commu- nity has a proud history of standing firm when confronted with adversity. Working together, we can protect both our people and our economy. Please help us be as effective as possible by visiting www.FCComeback.com today. To take the COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey or to learn more about local resources for your business and employees go to www.FCComeback.com. County leadership proactive with economic-impact survey by NATALIE JOHNSON HIGH HIGH 76 76 LOW LOW 60 60 HIGH HIGH 72 72 HIGH HIGH 67 67 HIGH HIGH 69 69 HIGH HIGH 73 73 LOW LOW 55 55 LOW LOW 59 59 APRIL 6 APRIL 5 APRIL 3 APRIL 4 APRIL 7 Sunny Partly Cloudy PM Showers Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Scattered Thunderstorms APRIL 2 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH HIGH 67 67 LOW LOW 45 45 Humidity 60 51 64 75 47 60 LOW LOW 52 52 TUESDAY LOW LOW 44 44 COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, including how we do business. Take the Economic Impact Survey to learn about local resources for businesses and employees. NATALIE JOHNSON, director of marketing for FCEDC. COM- MENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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