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President’s Notes – Winter 2021

Hello, fellow Kawartha Chamber members,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and was able to decompress and enjoy some time with family. Unfortunately, the world did not turn back to normal when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve and we continue to deal with the impacts of a pandemic.  It’s very disappointing that activities over Christmas caused COVID-19 numbers to increase and we are back in another state of emergency and stay-at-home order to bring them back down. The businesses in our area are continuing to suffer and finding it harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So what can we do?

For those who have been financially impacted, look into the grants, loans, and subsidies available to see which you are eligible for. The Chamber staff have done a great job of sharing these in the weekly NewsFlash and on the website.

The Kawartha Chamber COVID-19 webpage was recently revamped, making it easier to find business relief, mental health resources, webinars, etc. A new Open/Closed List has been created to make it easier than ever to find local businesses and how they are operating with the latest lockdown. Staff is constantly updating this list so please contact staff as things change with your business and we will keep the community updated!

For those who are able, please continue to support your local businesses. Every purchase helps and can be done safely over the phone, through the internet, or in-person depending on the business.  There are new buttons on the Chamber website homepage, making it easier than ever to find local businesses to support through takeout, curbside & online shopping.

You can also be more involved with your community and Chamber. Consider joining a committee or participating in events. Events are being planned for the year, next up the Kawartha Chamber is hosting the Annual General Meeting on February 17th. It’s a great way to be involved with your Chamber and connect with other businesses. We’ve learned during these tough times that connection is more important than ever.

Above all, be patient, supportive, and kind towards others. This pandemic will eventually end and we want to make sure that we have all of our friends, family, and businesses with us! Take care!

– Tracy Logan, Board President
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism