With the uncertainty that has surrounded us recently, some amazing small business owners have stepped up to help our community in whatever way they can. We want to recognize their efforts!
Today’s Hero – Viral Protective Services
Today we shine the spotlight on Viral Protective Services (VPS), a new company brought to you by the principles that brought you Blue Sky Exhibits. Blue Sky Exhibits thrived on large group gatherings and trade shows which unfortunately came to a screeching halt earlier this year. The owners of Blue Sky Exhibits, Don Keller and Tim Kelley, had a contingency plan for something like this but it did not include a new business. Keller and Kelley knew they wanted to contribute to the community in some way as they always have, so they get creative on how that goal overlapped with their current capabilities.
As society has begun to slowly reopen, many organizations find themselves at a loss on how to effectively and safely reopen. Keller and Kelley felt that they could fill this gap by offering solutions for protective architecture, education and training from Business Infection Prevention Partners (BIPP), detection devices such as thermal screening provided by EyeO Monitoring, and more. They concluded that in order to accomplish this, while the process to create some of these items were similar to the exhibit capabilities, the ultimate solution would be a new company. That is how VPS came about. VPS is unique in that it provides a comprehensive look to address an organization’s needs holistically. They take an in-depth look at how a business functions and can provide almost anything conceivable to smooth their re-opening strategy. Furthermore, all their items can be customized to their clients’ brand.
Carla Jackson, Cobb County Tax Commissioner, says, “A few months ago, I’d never heard of social distancing or worried about virus mitigation. VPS has been a great business partner in helping us navigate how to serve our customers in a safe environment.”
Beyond offering some services online, VPS assisted the Cobb County tag office to be suited with the appropriate tools to keep staff and patrons safe like partitions between counters and stations and much more. By providing an in-depth consultation and safety assessment, VPS was able to supply a thorough report of actions for the department to take to mitigate the spread of infection. Also, VPS provided infection prevention training to all staff so that everyone understands risks and actions they can take to mitigate risks for themselves and others.
In a time where there is significant uncertainty, Keller and Kelley stepped up by recognizing the growing need in the community and knew they could help. With their initial assessment to provide solutions, VPS offers protective architecture, education provided by BIPP, detection devices, cleaning solutions and more. They are making a significant impact on our community and beyond to slow the spread. They worked very quickly thanks to a number of partners, including BIPP and many others, to become a functioning business so they could then help others get back to business also!