Well it's the end of the year and 2020 is officially a bust. During the summer, things continued to go in the wrong direction. This plight continued right through the holiday season. In our industry, a few events were held, but the number of attendees were drastically reduced. A vaccine is promised for the new year, we'll see what happens. Fingers crossed!
As we entered 2020, we anticipated a great year. 2019 brought new clients and opportunities. We had a number of events lined up and then COVID-19 came on the scene. Beginning in April, as each week or so passed, another event would cancel. We all know how this virus has wreaked havoc with our economy and way of life. In our industry, which normally supports events with the gathering of people, it has been especially devastating.
Only time will tell what the future brings, we may have a totally new normal. We are making some adjustments to our services as it relates to audiovisual support. Virtual meetings are the norm now and may stay as a part of the norm. Hopefully, we will return to some level of social gatherings soon. When this happens, we will still be here to support you.
After receiving our certification Maryland’s MBE/DBE/SBE program, we initiated the process for Veteran Owned Small Business certification. 98.6 Sound was awarded the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business certification.
2019 has started off with a bang! We have been approved for Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification. This was a tall administrative task, but well worth the effort. In addition to the certs, we've registered with a significant number of counties and municipalities throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia.
We continue to increase our inventory into the audiovisual aspect of the company. We've added two more projection screens. These screens are widescreen (16x9) format and are front/rear projection screens. Additionally we've added HDMI switchers and splitters, as well as more staging pieces to round out the AV purchases for this year. One of our events with the new screens was something a bit different, a private home outdoor movie party. That was a nice gig!