The City of Victoria’s move to allow businesses to build patios on street “flex spaces” may continue past the pandemic.

Main Street | Policy leadership | Public health | Street activation

Victoria’s downtown business association says it will be a key to keep the dollars tourists usually bring flowing. And that the impact will be far beyond just those with patios.

Restarting Restaurants, Food Services & Retail webinars for Downtown Victoria businesses

Food | General: Sector resources | Main Street | Public health | Re-opening

Run a restaurant or food service business? Have questions about reopening and operating safely during COVID-19? Join us Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM for a FREE Q&A session. The expert panel includes the Chief Medical Officer for Island Health and the BC Restaurant and Food Association. These sessions are co-hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association and Community Micro Lending. As we adjust to living and working with COVID-19, we’re offering two sessions to help businesses reopen and operate safely: Two webinars planned:
Restarting Restaurants & Food Services on Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM
Restarting Retail on Thursday, June 11th 11AM – 12:30PM

Downtown Regina BIA has created colourful and communicative downloadable posters for businesses to put up

Local businesses

These posters are meant to be put up in downtown shops to communicate in a friendly way physical distancing rules, how many people allowed in a store at one time, and other changes that are in effect during COVID19 times.

Supporting local merchants and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Crowdfund Canada have launched LOVE.WellingtonWest.ca, a joint crowdfunding program to support more than 550 member businesses across Ottawa neighbourhoods.This is the first pilot for the Community Wealth Sharing Initiative, supported by the McConnell Foundation, and is offered at no charge. Residents can invest in the success of local merchants. In return, merchants can choose to offer rewards like store credit, services, or product giveaways to be redeemed whenever they decide.

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is giving out PPE to member businesses to help keep staff & customers safe

Local businesses

Grimsby’s Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) board – with support from the Town of Grimsby –is helping frontline staff. Every business in the DIA area will receive two face shields – with an option to acquire more – to help with employee and customer safety. These shields were made by a local retooled business

Posters for businesses to clearly communicate how they are open — for pickup, delivery, online or in person

Local businesses

From Toronto’s Roncesvalles BIA, these signs can be put in the window of shops to clearly show their services

Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. launches Covid-19 Re-Start Grant Program

Local businesses

This grant will support the purchase of required safety equipment which must be installed prior to re-opening. Businesses can apply to receive a maximum of $500. Under the program, only commercial property and business owners within the Business Improvement Area (BIA) will be considered.

Calgary to allow shops, restaurants to expand patios to allow for more social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

Local businesses | Parks and public space | Policy leadership
Restaurants will be able to allow their seating to spill over to sidewalks and streets outside their doors, helping to make up for the fact they will only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Posters that businesses can use to communicate how they are operating: pickup, delivery, in person or online

Food | Local businesses

This is real-life representation of the Riverside BIA Directory, a colour-coded live map which indicates in real time what level businesses are operating at. The colour codes are the same for the map and signs. Green indicates a business that’s open but may have reduced hours and offerings, yellow means a business is open online or via phone only, and red means the business is closed for now.

City of Brampton resource list for local businesses during COVID-19

Local businesses | Policy leadership

City of Brampton compiled list of federal and provincial funding opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of for economic support during COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources to help support local businesses during pandemic

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources regarding the local businesses and how they are adapting and how to support businesses that remain open in some capacity.

Halifax mainstreet BIA creates online platform for shops and services

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association launched an online version of the street’s shops and services at www.quinpool.shop. The site includes links to many Quinpool shops, services and restaurants that have transitioned their businesses into online sales, deliveries and arranged pickup.

Downtown North Bay platform for supporting local business

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Platform for supporting local businesses by purchasing gift cards to help “flatten the curve”. Gift certificates provide fast cash flow for business owners, and can help pay employees who are still working for them.

City of Cornwall platform to purchase gift certificates for downtown businesses

Local businesses

The Campaign to Save Main Street is a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local small businesses in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and SD&G Counties.

“Stay Home Toronto” initiative provides a platform for local small business support

Local businesses

The Stay Home Toronto initiative was established to reinforce the message for residents in the City of Toronto to stay home, and encourage residents to consider and support local small businesses. The website features small business owners across many industries in Toronto that have adapted to provide online, virtual, and other services for use while consumers are at home.

Downtown Medicine Hat Development Incentive Program

Local businesses | Policy leadership

The Incentive Program offers downtown property owners a series of incentives to assist them to redevelop or initiate new developments in the city center and includes five options for financial assistance. Architectural and Visual Enhancement, Commercial Development, Live-Work Residential Development, and Multi-Family Development.

Downtown Kamloops webpage collects community & City COVID initiatives that support a vibrant and recovering downtown

Local businesses | Policy leadership
The colourful website communicates effectively tools and approaches on how community can help and how businesses can recover

City of Duncan moves forward with downtown projects during COVID-19 shut down

Local businesses | Policy leadership

To minimize disruption to businesses when many might reopen later, construction–including sidewalk widening and watermain replacement– is being fastracked to start now.

Supporting Toronto’s Queen Street West local businesses through purchase of “goody bags”

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Locals for Local TO is an initiatives to support Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. People can buy “goody bags” for between $80 to $100 (plus delivery). Goody bags include items from local shops like fresh veggies, cookies, coffee and more, and are available for delivery or pick up. A portion of proceeds will go to food banks.

 

Webinar Recording: Business Continuity and Crisis Recovery

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ offered a free webinar on Business Continuity and Crisis Recovery on March 30, 2020.

COVID 19 & Main Street: Supporting Local Safely (Webinar)

General: Sector resources | Learning and education | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Webinar recording. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Main Street programs have been moving rapidly to offer support to local businesses and the community as a whole. This webinar provides updates from the National Federation of Independent Businesses on the impact to the business community and current resources and guidance, followed by a panel discussion of local program directors and the work their doing to #SupportLocalSafely.

Business owners find creative ways to keep operations going despite storefront shutdowns

Employment | Food | General: Online communities and networks | Learning and education | Local businesses

Some of the adaptations include live streaming of fitness classes, online health consultations, preordered restaurant meals and home delivery of everything from beer to books. For many entrepreneurs, the changes aren’t just about business survival, but also keeping themselves and their employees busy and motivated during the coronavirus crisis.

“Shop in the Heart” is a COVID-19 response platform organized by the Downtown Edmonton BIA

Arts and Culture | Food | General: Online communities and networks

Site organized by the Edmonton Downtown Business Association showcasing downtown restaurants, retailers and other businesses who have found a way to deliver their goods and services to the people of Edmonton. Includes those businesses offering online classes or streamed services, gift cards, virtual appointments, equipment rental, delivery or curbside pickups and food specials such as custom meal boxes. Some businesses are offering deep discounts and specials during this time, or free items, donations & specials to first responders and hospital workers.

Local Calgary businesses come together to create platform for purchasing gift cards from restaurants during COVID-19

Food | Local businesses

Eat Later allows residents to support local bars and restaurants in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto & GTA, and Vancouver.

Hamilton-based Hometown Hub offers direct link to local businesses offering online services through delivery, e-commerce and gift cards

Local businesses

Hometown Hub is a platform to get brick and mortar businesses up and running within days and continue sales in a strictly digital economy. This initiative was put together in a matter of days and involves a partnership between the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Rising and EatShopPlay.

Minneapolis Offers People Experiencing Homelessness a Simple Gift: A Safe Place for Their Stuff

Housing and homelessness | Local businesses | Policy leadership

To support Minneapolis’ unhoused residents, the city has followed in the footsteps of other cities like San Diego and Los Angeles by partnering with a local organization to pilot a storage program for those experiencing homelessness. The pilot comes as a record number of people are experiencing homelessness across the state. The program allows people experiencing homelessness to store their belongings in bins located in a secure room. Belongings are checked in and out of bins by volunteers from Minneapolis’ Downtown Improvement District, the city’s partner in the venture.

Website with resources, webinars, tips and peer exchange opportunities for those looking to help downtown districts through COVID19

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Main Street America is a non-profit organization helping to revitalize commercial districts compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis.

Supporting small business through coronavirus: ideas from experts and leaders across NYC

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Two dozen small business owners and small business experts provide recommendations on how city and state policymakers can help them survive this crisis for small business.

Resources for employees and downtown local businesses impacted by COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Edmonton’s Downtown BIA has compiled a list of resources for businesses impacted by the pandemic, as well as one for employees.

Saving Canada’s Main Streets From COVID-19.

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Social distancing is devastating local small businesses and there’s not much time to save them. And the answer is not more debt.

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