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Chat with Cate

Chat with Cate 

 

Catherine (Cate) Steel is hosting a new public Zoom series starting  Wednesday, April 29, 2020 featuring local experts talking about the issues that matter today. During the first panel, Cate will interview local business owners Ketty Plaku, of Rebeka’s Fresh Pasta Restaurant in East Lyme, and Melissa Gainsley, of L&J Blooms LLC (florist).

 

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Chat with Cate 

 

Catherine (Cate) Steel is hosting a new public Zoom series starting  Wednesday, April 29, 2020 featuring local experts talking about the issues that matter today. During the first panel, Cate will interview local business owners Ketty Plaku, of Rebeka’s Fresh Pasta Restaurant in East Lyme, and Melissa Gainsley, of L&J Blooms LLC (florist).

 

Cate and her panelists will explore the question: How are we surviving during the Covid-19 pandemic. To keep our communities healthy and safe, it is imperative that people in the community practice social distancing. Yet local business owners have been particularly hard hit, and it’s clear that it is no longer business as usual.

 

“It is important to think outside of the box to discover how we can grow at this time of a crisis,” Cate said. “To keep money coming in and services going out, business owners are developing new skill sets to meet the needs of clients and customers.”

 

 “We wouldn’t be able to sustain ourselves in the current situation with Covid 19 if we stayed completely  closed. It’s a balance between keeping my own self healthy and my family safe.  I am trying to incorporate inspirational messages on my website to brighten other people’s days.  I want to support families that are hurting.  The floral business is about brightening others’ days in good times and in bad.  My clients and customers are loyal and they need a pick me up.” said Melissa Gaines.  

 

As local residents, we want to know how we can support them.  We want to know that these businesses will be open when we can all get out and get back together again.  

 

Cate has experienced her own paradigm shift after she was forced to take a break from hosting a television show called “Stories Worth Telling” on Atlantic Broadband amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  She said that while she hasn’t been able to host the show now, she is trying to stay connected to the community and keep her pulse on local issues by continuing her conversations with prominent people in the area. “I like to know what the issues are and how people are circumventing the obstacles to succeed,” she said. “We are survivors in Connecticut.  If one door doesn’t open, then we try the next.”

 

Cate wants to make this a community dialogue and would welcome your questions and suggestions for future panelists and topics.  To submit questions or  feedback contact Cate Steel at  catesteel2020@gmail.com  To view these Zoom panel discussions you can go to Chat with Cate Steel 2020-You Tube. Cate Steel is running for State Representative for the 37 District (East Lyme and Salem). 



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