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Businesspeople helping businesspeople during COVID-19 pandemic times

29 Apr 2020

Recognising the need for ongoing support and collaboration within the business community in Oman, the Oman American Business Center (OABC) has launched a discussion forum for Oman’s executives and professionals: the OABC Business Forum. In the absence of physical events, this forum provides a socially distant ‘place’ to discuss challenges and solutions.

While there are several member-only benefits offered by the OABC, this new discussion forum is a free service open to all businesspeople in Oman. 

The OABC, together with Muscat Daily, encourages executives, customers and business owners to sign on to the forum to post questions, answer others’ questions, and converse in a digital environment about topics that are relevant to their businesses. 

The goal is simple: to provide additional help during crisis, through shared experience and knowledge. The forum is found on the OABC website at:  www.oabc.org/forum .

Topics currently posted range from “How are you dealing with cash flow issues during this time?” to questions asking for tips about dealing with creditors, employees, customers or working with banks.

Ali Daud, President of the OABC, explained the vision for the forum: “This forum is a place for conversation and assistance during a time when we cannot meet together in person. Given the current challenges we all face, now is not the time to lose our sense of community or our desire to network and engage. More than ever, now is the time to ‘meet’, however possible, and lend a hand to each other during this unprecedented crisis.”

The importance and urgency of the initiative is highlighted by Mark Rix, CEO of Apex Media: “Never before has the need to share knowledge and support been more urgent for businesses of all sizes. Muscat Daily is proud to partner with the Oman American Business Center in facilitating and promoting the online OABC Business Forum, which will provide expert advice tips specific experiences and informed debate from organisations in multiple sectors on how best to meet the unprecedented challenges we face.”  

“In our work as Oman’s largest business networking organisation, we speak to many private sector leaders about their biggest challenges,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director of the OABC. “Many issues for businesses, especially in today’s crisis, are shared by all. We believe our chances of overcoming these obstacles are greater together.”

As a 16-year old organisation and the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman, the OABC is focused on facilitating commercial development between Oman and the United States. 

The OABC has also become Oman’s most active networking group, and is focused on the needs of the businesses in the sultanate, hosting over 25 networking events per year for its 170 member companies. With all face-to-face events postponed, the OABC is instead hosting online events for members, including “A Video Conference with US Ambassador Leslie Tsou” and “Employment Update: Recent Regulations Announced in Oman”.

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