Brampton putting focus on helping small business emerge successfully from pandemic

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Published July 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm

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As we slowly come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Brampton has committed to helping local small businesses get back on their feet.

StaySafe is a program that provides small to medium-sized businesses in Brampton with free COVID-19 rapid screening kits.

Rapid antigen screening is a quick way to help identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases before they lead to workplace outbreaks, helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure swift economic recovery.

Brampton’s Entrepreneur Centre team has pivoted to offer programs and services to small businesses in new and safe ways since the beginning of the pandemic. The centre is a one-stop source for information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business in Brampton.

“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the important role the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre plays in the Brampton business community, and we’ve been there every step of the way for our clients throughout the pandemic,” said Clare Barnett, director, Economic Development, City of Brampton.

“Our team is dedicated to helping Brampton businesses as we gradually and safely reopen in the city. Together with our residents, we will support them in their economic recovery.”

Here are a few tips provided by the city on how you can explore, select and buy local.

Consider purchasing supplies from local retailers. Local small businesses were not always able to offer online shopping throughout the pandemic, and many were forced to close due to public health measures.

For a full list of small Brampton businesses, visit the Support Local Brampton website.

Promote your favourite businesses on social media. Leave them online reviews to refer others. Engage with local businesses through your social media accounts and show your support for Brampton businesses using a Support Local graphic and the hashtag #SupportLocalBrampton.

Purchase gift cards for friends and family from your favourite Brampton businesses.

Refer friends and family by word of mouth. If you love a local business, those who know you will likely trust your opinion and try it out for themselves.

“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our residents who have put health and safety first during the pandemic, we are well on track to see the people we’ve missed, participate in the activities we love and safely enjoy our favourite local businesses,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that we support them on their path to recovery. Let’s confidently and safely support our businesses, and together, we will recover from COVID-19.”

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