Here's a New, Innovative Guide to Finding All Things #MississaugaMade
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic it's been amazing to see so many residents show their support for local businesses in Mississauga, many of which faced the prospect of going out of business because of the shutdown.
Now, with Ontario in Stage 3 and most places reopened (or reopening), it's more important than ever that we continue to support them - whether it's dining in at a local restaurant, getting your nails done at a neighbourhood salon, or visiting a nearby museum.
That said, if you've ever found yourself wishing there was an easier way to find and support local businesses, now there is: MississaugaMade.ca, an online hub for all things local.
A joint effort between Tourism Mississauga and the Economic Development Office (EDO), the Mississauga Made campaign was launched in response to the pandemic to promote businesses and help give them the crucial support they need during these strange and difficult times.
The new site, which just launched earlier this month, functions as an online marketplace of local businesses, shops in Mississauga, and local services and talent, neatly organized by categories for easy browsing.
Categories range from the types of businesses you'd expect to find - Bars & Restaurants, Art & Entertainment, Hotels & Motels - to more niche but helpful services, including Financial Services and Real Estate Services among many others.
MississaugaMade is completely free to use, making it a valuable tool for residents but even more valuable for business owners looking for eyeballs. When you add your business to the site you can also upload your contact information, multiple photos, and even a video to help residents get a clear idea of what your business is all about. There's no better self-promotion than free self-promotion!
While the site has just recently launched, there are already a wide variety of unique businesses included in the ever-growing directory, with new ones being added all the time. It's the ultimate resource for finding Mississauga makers, products made in Mississauga, local artists, local musicians, local events, virtual events and more.
For those looking for a new place to dine, it's also a useful guide to find restaurants near you and check which restaurants are safe/open in Mississauga.
For even more convenience, you're invited to download the Ritual ONE app! Ritual ONE connects businesses with customers to offer a simple, time-saving tool to place, pay for, and pick up orders. The service recently launched in Mississauga, making it easier than ever to support local businesses when they need it the most.
There are a bunch of different ways residents can support the Mississauga Made movement. In addition to the obvious method of buying from local shops, restaurants, and businesses, you can:
- Join the conversation and promote your favourite local business using the hashtag #MississaugaMade on social media
- Share local stories about your favourite local spots online by tagging @VisitMississauga
- Download the Ritual ONE app, and order from a local restaurant
The timing couldn't be better - we're also coming up on Canada United Weekend, a three-day national movement to support local. Mississauga Made supports this movement, encouraging all residents to shop and dine locally this weekend to show some local love and get into the "Canada United" spirit.
"As we continue to operate in unprecedented times our community is faced with uncertainties that can often feel overwhelming," said the Mississauga Made team. "Now more than ever it is imperative that the Mississauga community comes together to support its own."
It's never been so easy to shop local and support local! Whether you're looking for local business features, attractions, or new things to do in Mississauga, you're invited to become a part of the movement today by visiting MississaugaMade.ca and finding new businesses or adding your own.
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