Chapel Hill Magazine May/June 2020

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n Friday, March 5th, the day before the Durham

Chamber’s Annual Take No Bull Women’s Conference

that celebrates women’s history month, while the

Chamber staff was in the midst of laying out nametags and

stuffing speaker swag bags, news of the novel COVID-19

began as a slow drip. Not much was known about it at that time and no cases in the surrounding states had been reported. By Monday, everything changed, as more and

more cases were confirmed and inched closer. Within a week, Durham began to feel the impact of what is now known as one of the most devastating, fast-moving, and far-reaching health crises in the world.

Communities across the nation would be forced to grind to a

feel the weight in ways they never conceived. Communities and small businesses especially, were, and still are, grappling with the “what

now” question. And at the time of this writing, there are many unanswered questions and a myriad uncertainty. True to form, our Durham

community continues to grind, though six feet

and more apart.

For the small business community across Durham, two

women, La-Tasha Best-Gaddy and LaShon A. Harley, would

become known as the go-to experts to help those businesses navigate this unprecedented time. La-Tasha Best-Gaddy has been with the Small Business and Technology Development

Center at North Carolina Central University since 2015. In

this role, she is responsible for assisting small to mid-size business owners to grow and expand. LaShon A. Harley is the

Director of the Small Business Center at Durham Technical Community College where she assists aspiring and existing

entrepreneurs, business owners, and founders with the development and growth of their business idea. Combined,

these women have more than 40 years of experience training,

advising, instructing, and counseling in the areas of business

start-up, funding, job creation and retention, profitability,

infrastructure, and sustainable growth while adhering to the guidelines.

halt or slow down significantly because of social distancing

“We are so impressed with the level of expertise La-Tasha

officials. Businesses—large and small—would begin to

Malory, Director of Member Relations at Durham Chamber of

and then the issuance of stay-at-home orders by government

and LaShon are able to provide our businesses,” said Tiffany

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