The City of Calgary has launched an initiative in the hopes of helping out the local businesses being affected by COVID-19.
A release from the city states that, as part of five Task Forces created to respond to the pandemic, they have launched the Business Sector Support Task Force to advocate on the Calgary business community’s behalf.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses in Calgary hard, and we know many were already challenged from a tough economy,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the release.
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“Our City task forces are uniting with our partner organizations and community members to support citizens and businesses through the pandemic. We’re all in this together, and we will get through this together.”
The task force has also launched the #SupportLocalYYC initiative, which is calling on Calgarians to help out their local entrepreneurs during this time of struggle.
The initiative will create connections, share resources and tools, and highlight inspirational stories in the community.
Resources are available at the City of Calgary’s website, and Calgarians are encouraged to buy from local online businesses, order delivery or take-out, leave positive reviews, and spread the word about their favourite local shops in an effort to support Calgary’s small business community.
“It truly takes a village,” said Sonya Sharp, chair of the Business Sector Support Taskforce and lead of the City’s Business and Local Economy Team, in the release.
“Between our organization, all our amazing partners and working with the business community, we can turn things around when this pandemic is over. We need to continue to work together to share resources, provide support to those who need it most, and think about how we can help support Calgary businesses wherever and whenever we are able.”