Town of Newmarket creates mentorship program to help businesses adapt during and after COVID-19

Local businesses | Policy leadership

As part of the Town’s Economic Resiliency Action Plan, today, the Town of Newmarket will launch an innovative Mentorship Access Program (MAP). This program provides small and medium-sized businesses access to a directory of volunteer mentors available to provide strategic advice and guidance on how to adapt to these unprecedented times and map out a business plan, during and post COVID-19.

NACTO develops Playbook to make public space as safe as possible during the pandemic

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space

Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery includes an introduction to using streets for recovery and response (pdf) and detailed implementation information about the following street strategies:

  • Lanes for Biking & Rolling (pdf)
  • Sidewalk Extensions (pdf)
  • Transit Lanes (pdf)
  • Slow Streets (pdf)
  • Pick-Up & Delivery Zones (pdf)
  • Outdoor Dining (pdf)
  • Markets (pdf)
    Note: Individual PDFs coming soon

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership launches an “adopt a local business” project

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

In the form of a survey, the Adopt-A-Business program, is asking companies to mobilize team members in support of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adopt a Business Challenge to combat economic toll of COVID-19 in Kitchener-Waterloo

Local businesses

As part of its commitment to Kitchener-Waterloo, Sherpa Marketing wants to help by providing $25,000 in professional marketing services to one local company hit by the economic effects of COVID-19. Local Kitchener-Waterloo companies who want to donate their time, products or services can do so by joining the Adopt-A-Business Challenge. Sherpa will evaluate applicants and choose a company in Kitchener-Waterloo most in need. Of particular concern to Sherpa Marketing are all the small businesses that make Kitchener-Waterloo so diverse and vibrant.

The City of Edmonton has developed simplified guidelines for temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail spaces for businesses, along with a simple, no-fee form to register

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Rules around temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail expansions are relaxed to create more space for customers in alignment with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines. Until the end of 2020, businesses have the option to expand patio or retail space by following a set of guidelines and signing a declaration form.

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

Think Local First is an easy, fun, free way to support locally owned businesses in Greater Victoria.

Local businesses | Main Street | Shop Local

Use the app to collect points, then redeem those points for discounts at locally-owned businesses. For instance, 50 points gets you $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more at the Dutch Bakery & Diner.

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.

Mississauga construction firm supporting restaurants and community during COVID-19

Food | Local businesses

BUILD IT by Design, a construction firm in Mississauga, is supporting restaurants that have been impacted as an effect of the pandemic’s lockdown measures, by placing large meal orders and delivering them to hospitals, food banks and individuals in need.

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.

LocalLove.retales.ca links Nova Scotia businesses with online gift cards

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Shop Local

So you don’t have to go out today but you can invest in a local biz for tomorrow

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

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Shop Local

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.

Help support Calgary businesses: Use #SupportLocalYYC

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Shop Local

The City of Calgary, together with local partners, has created a “buy local” campaign to support local business. #SupportLocalYYC, is creating connections, sharing resources and tools, and highlighting positive stories to inspire the community and spark further innovations that can benefit those in need.

Local Small Business Relief Grants — model

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

A Phoenix-based organization is offering grants up to $10,000 to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and sudden loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief grants are intended to help for-profit small businesses keep employees on payroll and meet other necessary operating costs. Preference is given to small businesses owned by veterans and underrepresented groups located in economically distressed areas of Phoenix.

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.

Big brands asked to donate social feeds to small businesses

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

A new initiative has been created to help larger brands use their influence and social followings to lend support to small businesses. Small businesses impacted by the crisis are being asked to add the hashtag “#LikeALocal” to an Instagram post to signal that they are willing to participate. Big brands search the hashtag on Instagram or by using one of their social listening tools to find a local business they’d like to support, reposting their post and explaining why. From there, the brands are encouraged to get in touch with the small business directly to find out if there are other forms of media they might be able to donate.

City of Mississauga offering online webinars in April and May to support small business owners and entrepreneurs

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Hear information and insights from business and industry experts on a variety of topics, including cyber-security, digital marketing, social media, e commerce, customer loyalty, and rethinking growth during a time of crisis. The webinars are hosted by the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) and include digital marketing sessions that are an extension of the City of Mississauga’s Digital Main Street program.

Downtown North Bay platform for supporting local business

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Shop Local

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.

North Bay Farmers Market moves online

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The idea to move online will reduce traffic at the market as buyers will only be able to pick up items they’ve already purchased.

Engagement Summary for Toronto’s Economic Recovery and Support Task Force

Local businesses | Policy leadership

A summary of the input that business owners, BIAs, and stakeholders have provided to the City of Toronto. The contents here are not necessarily recommendations but capture the full range of feedback provided. The information is intended to help inform the Mayor’s Economic Support & Recovery Task Force’s approach to recovery.

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

Local businesses | Shop Local

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.

An online platform to help support local business during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Shop Local

Local businesses can register for distantly.ca and community can donate funds to support specific businesses. The platform doesn’t charge a platform fee and funds are sent within 48 hours to local businesses.

Victoria COVID-19 Business Resources

Local businesses | Policy leadership

This website provides links and information related to small business support. It notes that as a municipality, the City “is not permitted to grant direct assistance to businesses, however, Council has directed staff to examine all of the City’s fiscal, legislative and legal powers to support businesses and jobs to sustain the local economy during the pandemic”.

Victoria-based group of tech and marketing professionals offering free assistance to local small businesses, restaurants, and bars

Income support | Local businesses

Platform for connnecting those businesses that need support with organizations offering support.

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

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Shop Local

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.

 

Stepping up during COVID-19: How DMZ startups are finding tangible ways to support those affected by the pandemic

Local businesses

Despite the chaos this virus has created, several DMZ companies (current and alumni) are pushing their traditional boundaries and devoting additional time, money and resources to help those in need. Some startups are cutting platform subscription fees for small businesses, while some are forming charitable partnerships within the community. Others have staff working around the clock to build new functionality to save customers millions of dollars.

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.

Virtual farmers’ markets: Nine ways to get local produce, grass-fed beef, sheep’s milk gelato and artisanal cheese delivered to your door

Food | Local businesses

Links & description of services for each farm-based company participating in delivery services in the Greater Toronto area

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