Paint companies, associations, merchants, and consulting groups have all provided resources and announcements to help navigate through the current and upcoming weeks of pandemic protection. Below are a list of links that include ways to keep your business going, new hours and procedures from some of the larger merchants, and health recommendations and reminders.
Associations and Nonprofits
Benjamin Moore has teamed up with the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) to underwrite participation costs for the association’s Operation COVID-19 Response conference. Starting April 7th, PCA’s eight-week online conference will provide a series of educational opportunities, strategies and resources needed for business owners to make informed decisions, stabilizing their profit and protecting their team. Offsetting the fees associated with the virtual training will help alleviate a financial hurdle for many painting contractors and their businesses during this time. Even if you missed the first session, there is still time to sign up.
To register, please visit PCApaintED.org/conference-BM and use the promotional code BMSUPPORTS.
The Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois has links to several health, financial, and business oriented resources, “designed to assist your company as you navigate these turbulent times.”
Australia’s National Painting and Decorating Institute shares a short infection control course video.
OSHA has published many articles; this one provides some guidance for use of respirators during a shortage.
PaintCare advises that households and businesses consider refraining from dropping off paint for recycling at PaintCare locations.
These products from Rust-Oleum have been approved by the CDC as effective in disinfecting against Covid-19.
Changes in Retail
While paint and hardware stores are largely open, they have instituted protocols to limit contact and prevent the spread of the virus.
Sherwin-Williams has closed sales floors and is limiting the ways you can order and receive product.
Home Depot stores now close daily at 6 p.m., while opening hours will remain unchanged. This allows staff to clean and restock.
Lowe’s discusses how it is investing in its workforce but also relates its current shopping hours and policies.
Menards has restricted customers to age 16 or older.
Industry experts and consultants share ideas to help keep your business IN business.
Brandon Lewis from Painter’s Academy shares a checklist to keep you generating leads and closing sales.
Nolan Consulting Group has several blogs helping painters adapt and stay profitable during this “new normal.”
While this blog from Painters USA is mainly aimed at its commercial customers, it has some good advice for painting contractors regarding how to move ahead as life returns to normal.
Finally, a lot of homeowners stuck inside are turning to painting and home improvement to while away the hours. They just might need a touchup from a pro painting company once it’s safe for you to return to their home.
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