Tuesday, April 7 @ 12 p.m. CST


Responding to the current needs of hospitality and travel industry partners, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce LunchChat, a free webinar series. During each webinar, RACVB will facilitate conversations that provide current information, ideas and inspiration for organizations, businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7 Webinar Information

Communicating and Marketing Through Challenging Times

Sites, attractions, small businesses and hotel marketing and communications strategies have changed dramatically in the past few weeks due to COVID-19. Hear from industry experts on best practices for marketing and communicating during challenging times--and how to plan now for recovery. Guest panelists will include:

  • Jay Graham, founder/co-creative director, GrahamSpencer
  • Katryna Kirby, owner, Social Kat Co.
  • Pam Maher, CEO, KMK Media

Webinar attendees can watch and engage in the chat room during the RACVB-moderated discussion. RACVB will also livestream LunchChat on the GoRockford Facebook page, where all interested viewers are welcome.

How to Give

For individuals and businesses that have the means, please consider donating to help support our community during this difficult time. All proceeds from this first LunchChat webinar will be directed to the United Way of Rock River Valley’s COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund for Winnebago and Ogle Counties. Donations can be made directly at or by texting TOGETHER to 40403

Upcoming Webinars

Communicating and Marketing Through Challenging Times
Tuesday, April 7 @ 12 p.m. CT -- REGISTER

LunchChat Archive

Financing and Grants Available to Tourism-Impacted Businesses
Thursday, April 2, 2020

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John Groh, RACVB president/CEO, facilitated a conversation about the local, state and federal grant and loan opportunities available to small businesses and nonprofits during COVID-19. Guest panelists included Karl Franzen from the City of Rockford, and Mike Mastroianni and Edward Caceres from the Illinois Small Business Development Center.

Navigating Unemployment Resources & Laws for You and Your Employees
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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John Groh, RACVB president/CEO, facilitated a conversation centered on the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (effective April 2), helping employees apply for unemployment benefits, and available local employment opportunities. Guest panelists included Bobbie Holzwarth, attorney at law with HolmstromKennedyPC, and Dr. Lisa M. Bly-Jones, executive director of The Workforce Connection.

SportsChat with Rockford Native Sports Experts
Monday, March 30, 2020

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Three sports icons were guests, including Rockton native Corey Anderson, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, Roscoe native Nicole Briscoe, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, and Darin Monroe, Rock Valley College Athletic Director. The three panelists touched on overcoming uncertainty by sharing personal experiences and how they are dealing with the pandemic in their adopted hometowns, the importance of diversifying outside of sports, and their thoughts on the importance of giving back to the Rockford area.