The Municipality of North Grenville has expanded its business support program to assist entrepreneurs in the community in the wake of COVID-19.
“My Council colleagues and I appreciate this has been a challenging time for local businesses, as many were forced to quickly adapt under COVID-19, often at great expense,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “The Business Support Program is intended to provide assistance to local businesses as they get back on their feet.”
A marketing firm has been hired to expand upon the existing buy local #LoveNG campaign. Promotion of local businesses and the www.LoveNG.ca website have already been developed, and a focused yearlong marketing campaign will be launched later this month.
Further, a new local currency will be distributed in the community beginning in September. “NG Green” will be given away to people shopping locally and through online contests and giveaways. The currency can be redeemed in full at participating businesses (with no cash back option). Businesses can get onboard to accept the local currency through the month of August by registering online at www.investnorthgrenville.ca/NGgreen.
The support program has also expanded to provide advertising with local media outlets at a reduced rate. Businesses can choose from three advertising packages for $500, with the Municipality covering the rest of the cost. For more information and to book advertising space visit www.InvestNortGrenville.ca/AdShare.
The Economic Development Team has worked closely with the Business Support Group, convened by Council and comprised of representatives from local business support services, to provide various support programs including webinars and business outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A dedicated website was created with resources specific to local business’ needs during COVID-19 at www.InvestNorthGrevnille.ca/covid19.
Finally, there are still funds available through the Small Business Grant program. Businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 can apply for up to $1,000 to cover costs incurred while adapting their business model due to the pandemic. The Municipality of North Grenville partnered with the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (Grenville CFDC) on the Small Business Grant (SBG) program. Learn more and apply at www.InvestNorthGrenville.ca/Grant.
“Council would like to extend our thanks to the community for continuing to support local businesses during what has been a challenging time,” added Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.