I am putting together a resource sheet for small businesses to help guide them through the current measures regarding Provincial and Federal financial assistance, financial relief and other support resources available. Additionally, I’m investigating information on the tourism industry surveys and direction so that the businesses of this area can have input into the direction of upper levels of government. The situation is constantly changing, and some information may come to you last minute as we try to stay on top of it.
There are 3 webinars that I have found and 2 of them are happening today that may apply to our situation. These 3 are out of the United States and may not directly apply to some of our unique situations but could give you some ideas or direction. As far as I can tell they are all free, you just have to register.
March 18 - Looking Forward as a Tourism Industry Amidst the Uncertainty of COVID-19
While COVID-19 is impacting all industries, the tourism & hospitality sector has experienced the most impact to date given increasing travel restrictions, major event cancellations and overall risk aversion to travel internationally and domestically. Even whilst fire-fighting through the immediate impact, it's also time to think to the future and recovery planning. Learn More
March 18 - Dealing with the Coronavirus: What to do immediately, to help save your tourism industry & downtown businesses
This workshop is FREE to all, so spread the word — this is important for your economic future. In this workshop we are offering ideas that can still encourage travel while implementing “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” procedures, ways to shift your tourism marketing to help you weather the storm, what downtowns (and downtown businesses) can do to survive, and programs coming online to help small businesses that make up the bulk of our tourism-industry providers and downtown businesses. Learn More
*NEW* March 23 - COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next
Join the International Economic Development Council to learn the latest on the impact COVID-19 is having on everything from small businesses to essential civil functions. Our moderator will engage speakers on their past experiences in emerging from economic calamity, whatever the cause -- natural disasters or previous outbreaks. Attendees will gain from past experiences and learn important information they can use in the coming weeks and months to help their communities recover from the impact of COVID-19. Learn More
Community Development/Outreach Coordinator
Municipality of Central Manitoulin