Local Business – Support Options During COVID-19
To our local businesses in the Township of Douro-Dummer,
Since the Provincial Government has announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, the Township of Douro-Dummer and all levels of government have been working with community members to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 and fill the needs of local businesses.
First off, we would like to say thank you to all businesses that have been taking precautions to help support the safety of our community members. We know this has been difficult causing you to adapt in providing new services for your customers, and meeting financial needs to support the operations of your business. Local businesses need to work together now more than ever, and we thank you for your continued cooperation with new regulations.
At the Township of Douro-Dummer local businesses are always on our minds, and the ways we can help during these difficult times. From financial to technical support, we are here to help. Here’s a look at some options being offered around the area.
Douro-Dummer Business Networking Group
Businesses are welcome to join the Douro Dummer Business Networking Group which was established last year. There is Facebook Page where resources are shared between members and they meet regularly for professional development and networking. There is no fee to join this group.
Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development
As of May 19, 2020 Peterborough and The Kawartha Economic Development (PKED) launched a Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. The portal will provide businesses with financial resources, health and safety guidance and health & hygiene resources for business, webinars and online training opportunities, a business collaboration portal you will find resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors, a list of local PPE suppliers, pandemic preparedness resources. Click here to visit the Business Recovery Centre Portal. Between June and September, PKED will be conducting a brief voluntary business count. This business count will be offered through an online platform and conducted over the phone. The information being collected will be used in part, to generate an up-to-date business directory for PKED, and will be shared with partner municipalities, when agreed upon by businesses.
How does the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County plan to help business?
Lead by the Mayor of the City of Peterborough and the Warden of the County of Peterborough, Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development has provided a three-phase Economic Development Plan. To view the Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Immediate, Mid-term and Long-Term Recovery Plan, click here.
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce are always available to their members and help in navigating programs and applications to support your businesses financially. Not online? Contact your chamber to inquire about Virtual Main Street. Virtual Main Street can help you reach the online market and sell gift cards to help support your business during these times. The only cost to participate will be the standard credit card processing fees. Any business or organization in Peterborough County are eligible to register.To learn more about Virtual Main Street and how it can work for your business, click here. The Kawartha Chamber also offers Digital Main Street Program until August 31, 2020. This program is offered to main street small businesses to help enhance their online capabilities. To learn more about Digital Main Street, click here.
Are you a business looking for PPE? The Greater Peterborough Chamber compiled a list of suppliers that can assist with COVID-19 signage, plexi glass shields, hand sanitizer and PPE (masks, gloves, face shields) for your business. To visit the Peterborough PPE Retail Hub, click here.
Both the Greater Peterborough Chamber, and Kawartha Chamber offer advice and online support.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Business Resilience Network has provided toolkits to help business adapt and revamp operations. To learn more about what this toolkit has to offer, click here.
Community Futures Peterborough
For some businesses you might already be online but do not have a way for your customers to purchase items from you directly. Community Futures Peterborough announced Bring Your Business Online (BYBO) Funding Program. This program helps businesses add e-commerce functionality to their already existing websites. A non-refundable contribution of up to $2,500 is available with matching funds. To learn more about the BYBO Funding Program and if this program is suitable for your business click here. Please note the application deadline is May 31, 2020.
Ontario 211 helps people find services and programs in their communities. Ontario 211 is a helpline and database of Ontario’s community and social services answered by highly trained specialists. If you don’t know who to call, call 211.
We understand navigating these options can be overwhelming, but please know Township staff and Council are available to help direct you in the right direction.
For more information or guidance on these options, please contact the Douro-Dummer Business Advisory Group.
Business Advisory Group
Mayor, J. Murray Jones
Douro Ward Councillor, Heather Watson