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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2020 Flex Talk Feature Column by Tara Dunn, OMNI PCB Let me share a personal moment. Shortly af- ter we started staying home and socially dis- tancing, I came down the stairs from my home office and noticed something colorful on the sidewalk. Keep in mind that I live in Minne- sota, and anything colorful is extremely eye- catching while in stark contrast to the winter grass and leafless trees. Looking closer, some- one had colored big, beautiful hearts all along my sidewalk and driveway, leaving a fun mes- sage at the end of all those colorful hearts. That simple act of kindness made me smile for days, anytime I looked outside and saw the chalk drawings and messages. It also reminded me that in the midst of uncertainty and life be- ing unsettled, one small thing could make a significant impact. Sidewalk chalk is a fun example of neighbors supporting each other, and there are countless examples of people in our industry doing the same. Designers and engineers are working around the clock on new designs and products to support the medical industry, manufactur- ers are shifting capacity from other products to be able to support this surge in demand, and chemistry manufacturers are shifting resources to provide disinfectants. You do not have to look far to find stories of ways our industry comes together to support each other. IPC, as always, strongly supports and ad- vocates for our industry. Among so many other things they are doing to provide sup- port right now, IPC hosts a weekly call, both providing information and facilitating discus- sion between business owners and executives. Maybe even more memorable to me than all of those colorful hearts in my driveway is the way that people are openly sharing and dis- cussing best practices, lessons learned, and general thoughts and opinions on how to deal with issues of worker safety, social distancing, and workforce-related challenges through this unique situation—even with their competitors. This collaborative effort renews my passion for It's the Little Things

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