Choose Local! Guest Blog written by Heather Watson, Creative Director of acorn30
The COVID-19 pandemic has made all business owners re-think how they do business. Whether it’s shifting production lines to manufacture PPE and Hand Sanitizer or creating an eCommerce store to sell products online – it’s been shapeshifting for many.
As we’ve been working to find ways to adapt to doing business in a safe manner, one area that still needs to be figured out are Trade Shows. In 2020, numerous trade shows and conferences were postponed or cancelled for the year. Plans had been too far along for many show organizers to be able to shift from in-person to online events; these things take one to two years to plan and it’s difficult to turn on a dime. Show organizers with a bit more run up time were able to shift to online events.
Uncertainty has defined the last nine months. As COVID-19 cases are once again surging across Canada, the economic optimism from the summer has been put on hold and businesses are now bracing for scaled-down operations and potential closures.
Once more as the pandemic wears on, it continues to exacerbate the digital divide present in the small and medium-sized business market, forcing companies to consider the technologies they have (or don’t have) in place. It’s clear digitalization is no longer a choice for businesses, it’s a necessity.
Guest Blog by Jillian Harrington, Clearview Cottage Resort & Kawartha Chamber Board Vice President
With the pandemic, there have been many changes and adaptations for everyone in the past year, but a major change that holds a great deal of stress and anxiety is a work-life balance when stuck at home or “locked down.”
Having chosen this life many years ago and being raised in it myself, I figured I might be able to share some tips that have helped us over the years.
Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario
By Claudia Dessanti
Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Chamber of Commerce